Slavery was illegal in Britain, but the transatlantic slave trade left a physical mark on the UK. There are monuments to philanthropists who made their wealth through slavery, there were houses built from the profits made from slavery, and enslaved labour was used to produce items such as sugar and cotton. Many city landscapes bear the names of those involved or who profited. This book will tell the story of the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade on Britain.
Author Nigel Sadler challenges misconceptions of the built British landscape and shows how profits from slavery went into the construction of many iconic buildings. He also explores how freed enslaved Africans left their mark on Britain and how those who opposed slavery, and those in favour of maintaining slavery, are represented in statues throughout the country.
Nigel Sadler studied Archaeology and Geography at Manchester University 1983-1986 where one of his specialist courses was British Prehistory. He has written a number of books for Amberley. He is the founder and manager of Sands of Time Consultancy, which offers assistance in museum and heritage planning. He has also previously managed museums in both London and the Caribbean. He has written magazine articles and books on subjects as diverse as left handedness, Alfred Hitchcock, slavery, the role of children's clubs in museums, and several photographic books.