Tag Archives: history

What was a colony?

The world is talking about colonies/former colonies and colonialism in relation to the monarchy at the moment. We thought it might help explain more and will use the example of Barbados, so deeply colonised it became known as “Little England”. Remember at its height the British Empire comprised 57 colonies from neighbours like Ireland to […]

This weekend Anti Racist Cumbria walk Hadrian’s Wall to celebrate hidden histories 

PRESS RELEASE: 28 JUNE 2022 A walking challenge hosted by Anti Racist Cumbria whose mission is to make Cumbria the first anti-racist county in the UK is taking place this weekend. Eight members and supporters of Anti Racist Cumbria will be walking the full length of Hadrian’s Wall from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend over three days, […]

The Trans-Atlantic Trafficking of Enslaved People in the context of slavery at the time

CONTENT WARNING: Historical images of enslaved people in chattel slavery, pictures and descriptions of slavery and enslaved people. One image shows the back of an enslaved man named Peter. His back has been disfigured as a result of the whippings he endured. Some contextual historical use of language. Author: Sophia Newton Many people are keen […]

The slave trade was hundreds of years ago, why does it matter to Britain today?

If you went to a British school, chances are you learned about the Industrial Revolution; the Spinning Jenny, James Watt and the industrialisation of our towns and cities like Manchester becoming Cottonopolis. You almost definitely won’t have learnt that James Watt once sold slaves as a trafficker. You may just recall being told that the […]