Slavery and the British Country House

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Madge Dresser & Andrew Hann (eds)
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
31 July 2013
Publisher's Ref
208 pages, 225 illustrations
219 x 276 mm
Architectural History

The British country house has long been regarded as the jewel in the nation's heritage crown. But the country house is also an expression of wealth and power, and as scholars reconsider the nation's colonial past, new questions are being posed about these great houses and their links to Atlantic slavery.

This book, authored by a range of academics and heritage professionals, grew out of a 2009 conference on 'Slavery and the British Country house: mapping the current research' organised by English Heritage in partnership with the University of the West of England, the National Trust and the Economic History Society. It asks what links might be established between the wealth derived from slavery and the British country house and what implications such links should have for the way such properties are represented to the public today.

Lavishly illustrated and based on the latest scholarship, this wide-ranging and innovative volume provides in-depth examinations of individual houses, regional studies and critical reconsiderations of existing heritage sites, including two studies specially commissioned by English Heritage and one sponsored by the National Trust.  
  1. Slave ownership and the British country house: the records of the Slave Compensation Commission as evidence
      by Nicholas Draper
  2. Slavery and West Country houses
      by Madge Dresser
  3. Rural retreats:Liverpool slave traders and their country houses
      by Jane Longmore
  4. Lodges, gardens and villas: the urban periphery in the early modern Atlantic world
      by Roger H Leech
  5. Slavery’s heritage foorprint: links between British country houses and St. Vincent plantations, 1814-1834
      by Simon D Smith
  6. A open elite? Colonial commerce, the country house and the case of Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Normanton Hall
      by Nuala Zahedieh
  7. Property, power and authority: the implicit and explicit slavery connections of Bolsover Castle and Brodworth Hall in the 18th century
      by Sheryllynne Haggerty & Susanne Seymour
  8. Atlantic slavery and classical culture at Marble Hill and Northington Grange
      by Laurence Brown
  9. Slavery and the sublime: the Atlantic trade, landscape aesthetics and tourism
      by Victoria Perry
  10. West Indian echoes: Dodington House, the Codrington family and the Caribbean heritage
      by Natalie Zacek
  11. Contesting the political legacy of slavery in England’s country houses: a case study of Kenwood House and Osbourne House
      by Caroline Bressy
  12. Representing the East and West India links to the British country house: the London Borough of Bexley and the wider heritage picture
      by Cliff Pereira
  13. Re-interpretation: the representation of perspectives on slave trade history using creative media
      by Rob Mitchell & Shawn Sobers

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