I’m delighted to announce that I have a new tour of Belfast; ANTI SLAVERY BELFAST, it tells the story of the city’s role in the slave trade, and in its abolition.

In the 18th century, Belfast merchants exported linen clothing, leather shoes and food to the slave plantations in North America and the Caribbean and many prospered from slave labour.

From the 1780s, enlightened Belfast residents were activists for the elimination of the slave trade. Their focus was firstly on abolition in the British Empire and then the USA.

This tour reveals the story of Belfast’s involvement in this shameful transatlantic trade and the inspiring role of anti-slavery campaigners who ensured Belfast never profited from the trade in the same way as other British cities such as London, Liverpool, Glasgow or Bristol.

The tour examines a complex and fascinating story, placing people and institutions in their contemporary social, political and global context. It will appeal to those interested in the social history of Belfast, the British Empire, anti-colonialism and slavery. The first tour is scheduled for 11 February 2023.

I’m working with my friend and colleague, Mark Doherty and tours start next Saturday 11 February.

The initial batch of tours are being held on every Saturday on 11, 18 and 25 February and 4, 11, 18 and 25 March. Tours start at 10.30 at the Big Fish. Booking information:

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