University of Sheffield history project to explore complex history of slavery in region

  • A research project from the University of Sheffield’s Department of History will explore the complex history of slavery in the region
  • The project brings together research on Sheffield’s industrial past and the ways in which inland manufacturing areas were connected to the Atlantic economy from the 17th to the 19th centuries, alongside well known efforts to support the end of the slave-trade and slavery
  • The authors hope the study will provide a valuable educational resource and will be the catalyst for further research into the local history of slavery as well as the often unrecorded stories and histories of Sheffield’s African and African-descended communities

A new study of Sheffield’s industrial heritage has been published by the University of Sheffield’s Department of History. The study, ‘Sheffield, Slavery, and its Legacies’ records the city’s complex relationship with the Atlantic economy throughout the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

The study – part of a major research project by the Slavery Research Hub within the Department of History – looks at the social and economic ways in which Sheffield was connected to the trade and enslavement of African peoples in the Americas.

Well-known for its anti-slavery abolitionists, the city played an important role in the political campaigns to help abolish slavery. However, lesser known are the ways Sheffield was materially connected to the Atlantic economy throughout this time.

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