Runaway Slaves in Britain: bondage, freedom and race in the eighteenth century


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Associated Projects

The project members have been involved in a number of knowledge exchange programmes throughout their time on the project.

Freedom Bound the graphic novel

The project team undertook extensive research of three Scottish runaways, and provided this data and additional support to graphic artist and writer Warren Pleece to produce a graphic novel, copies of which will be distributed to Scottish secondary schools with associated teaching materials. Freedom Bound has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and the College of Arts of the University of Glasgow, and will be published by Black Hearted Press.

The Saint Lauretia Minecraft project


Saint Lauretia is an unpopulated virtual environment created for Minecraft Education Edition, to introduce students to the landscape and environment of Middle Passage ships, a Caribbean port, plantations and pens. It comes with Youtube videos from academics on various aspects of the Atlantic Slave Trade, information sheets for students and teachers, and additional primary sources.

BBC Radio 4: Britain's Black Past episode

Prof Gretchen Gerzina, author of Black London, and Life before Emancipation, interviewed project team members for an episode of Britain's Black Past focused on enslaved runaways in eighteenth-century Scotland. It can be found here.

1745: An Untold Story of Slavery


Read more about Morayo and Moyo and 1745 here.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Black History Month project


As part of Black History Month in 2017, Dr Lori Watson and several of her talented students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland approached the team for information about how historical racial slavery has helped shape the history of Glasgow in particular and Scotland more broadly. Information and research provided by the project team helped these composers and musicians in the development of their striking pieces of traditional music designed to acknowledge and reflect upon Glasgow's slavery past. These pieces can be listened to on Soundcloud and Youtube, and can be found on Dr Watson's site here.

'Seymour', Manchester Mercury,
29th September 1772
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