This site is about Jamaica and slavery during the Age of Revolution.

Find out about slavery and abolition during the period shaped by the American, French and Haitian Revolutions – between about 1775 and 1820 – using the ‘contexts‘ section as well as exploring detailed source material, news and updates.

The main focus of the site is a collection of letters written by Simon Taylor, a wealthy and powerful Jamaican slaveholder. These letters are an important source of information about Caribbean slavery during the Age of Revolution that provide one important way into exploring how slaveholding was perpetuated, resisted and, eventually, ended in the British empire.

In addition you can find news and posts about the histories of slavery, resistance and abolition. These updates focus on academic work and events, as well as on public history and work by students.

You can keep up with news about the Slavery and Revolution site and the themes it covers on twitter, via @SlandRev.

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Sweet Tooth Tickets

Sweet toothTickets are now available for Sweet Tooth at Turner Sims, Southampton, 7pm on 29 June 2016. This is our first showcasing of work in progress. Come and join us!

How do we make sense of slavery? How can we represent its legacies? How do we breathe life into the human stories of enslavement, forced movement, suffering and renewal from the dry facts left behind in historical documents?

Historians try to do those things—usually in books or lectures. But how can the work of bearing witness to slavery be embodied by other practitioners? Using documents from eighteenth-century Jamaica, drawing in the work of a historian with that of an experimental ensemble of musicians specialising in sound and movement, Sweet Tooth is an innovative and cross-disciplinary initiative that explores the part-hidden histories of Britain’s relationship with the Caribbean and with slavery.

This will be a first public sharing of our work in progress, as we research and develop new ways of confronting and feeling a past that continues to groan and shift, restlessly in our present.

The event is free but a ticket is required. Click here to book.

Sweet tooth is supported by Arts Council England, Aldeburgh Music, University of Southampton, St George’s Bloomsbury, Centre 151, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Bluecoat Liverpool

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