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Big spenders: The Beckfords & slavery

This is the third in our series of talks to commemorate the 200th annivesary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

When William Beckford was nine and half years old he became the richest man in England. His fortune provided him with the freedom to travel, to indulge his imagination and to create one of the most magnificent collections of objects, books, furniture and art in Europe. His fortune was created through slavery.
This lecture will reveal the truth behind the legendary Beckford fortune, and show exactly how William Beckford and his family spent the profits of slave trade.


Amy Frost | talks


Date and Time:

28 February 2007 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



The Guildhall, Bath
High Street
01225 477068

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Organised by:

Heritage Services
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Teas & coffees will be on sale from 12.45.

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