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Rethinking Bloomsbury

Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project, UCL

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

Rethinking Bloomsbury

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1826 map showing a western segment of Bloomsbury which includes what is now the UCL main campusThe area of Bloomsbury is known for its connection to literature, culture, art and education. As the home of the Bloomsbury Group, it is an area in which many well-known writers have resided; it is also where several of London’s best loved museums and UCL’s main campus are located.

However, aspects of its less well-known history have recently been explored by a number of UCL academics, seeking to re-evaluate Bloomsbury: including work on the presence of slave-owners, African and Asian students, and members of the LGBT community, as well as on the development of Egyptian Archaeology and eugenics.

The connections of these elements to each other, and of each to the area of Bloomsbury, will be the focus of a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Rethinking Bloombury’ which will be held on 26 March at the Petrie Museum.  This interdisciplinary event has been organised by the Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project, History Department, UCL in conjunction with the Petrie Museum, UCL in order to facilitate a conversation between UCL based projects which investigate these diverse yet connected Bloomsbury histories in order to gain a wider understanding of the history of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus and the surrounding district.

Representatives from each project will give a brief presentation about their work, after which all participants will engage in a roundtable discussion; this will be followed by questions from the audience. A reception will follow, giving everyone a chance to continue the conversation and investigate printed material related to each project.


Caroline Bressey, Director of the Equiano Centre and Lecturer in the Department of Geography, UCL.

Debbie Challis, Audience Development Officer, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

Nicholas Draper, Co-Director, Legacies of British Slave-ownership: Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-Ownership 1763-1833 (LBS).

Subhadra Das, Curator UCL Teaching and Research Collections.

John J Johnston, Post Graduate Researcher, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

Chair: Kristy Warren, Research Associate, LBS, Department of History, UCL.                                                                                         


 This event has been sponsored by the Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (J-FIGS).

Finding the Petrie Museum:

Please note that those needing to use a lift will need to access the museum through the Science Library which is next door. 

Map showing the location of the Petrie Museum

Do you have questions about Rethinking Bloomsbury? Contact Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project, UCL

When & Where

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Malet Place
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

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Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project, UCL

Legacies of British Slave-ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at UCL tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain: the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, now complete, and the ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833, running from 2013-2015.

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