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First Prime Minister of the London Empire: William Beckford, Jamaican Planter & Lord Mayor of London

This talk examines the life of William Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London, and one of the largest slave-owners in the British Empire.


This talk examines the life of William Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London, and one of the largest slave-owners in the British Empire. In a remarkable political career, he gained fame as a proponent of British liberties, while overseeing a transatlantic family business founded on colonial slavery. The talk will seek to demonstrate how these apparent contradictions highlighted many of the dilemmas Britain faced as a global empire, and helped to spark some of the earliest domestic debates about its future as an imperial power.

Speaker: Dr Perry Gauci

Dr Perry Gauci is the Vivian Green Fellow in Eighteenth-Century History at Lincoln College, Oxford. His research centres on the interactions of political and commercial change in eighteenth-century Britain.

This event is the second of eight talks in the series titled The British Business of Slavery, curated by Deborah Lavin.

Tickets: individual tickets £5, students and participating society members £3. Series ticket £30, students and participating society members £21.
Speaker: Dr William Pettigrew, University of Kent

William Pettigrew is Reader in History at the University of Kent. He currently runs a Leverhulme Trust project examining the history of England’s seventeenth-century international trading corporations.

This event is the first in the series of eight talks titled The British Business of Slavery, curated by Deborah Lavin.

Tickets: individual tickets £5, students and participating society members £3. Series ticket £30, students and participating society members £21.


Speaker(s):

Dr Perry Gauci | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

13 October 2015 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL
0207 242 8034
http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/

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Tickets:

£3 - £5

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https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-prime-minister-of-the-london-empire-william-beckford-jamaican-planter-lord-mayor-of-london-tickets-17262078341

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