Glasgow's ties with slavery - Discovering history at the National Records of Scotland

When & Where

Friday, 7 June 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
National Records of Scotland, New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY

Event Details

Dr Anthony Lewis, Curator of Scottish History, Glasgow Museums

Dr Lewis will introduce his research on Glasgow and its links to transatlantic slavery using the archives held by the National Records of Scotland (NRS). These archives, held at General Register House and Thomas Thomson House as well as digital sources on ScotlandsPlaces, help to inform the Glasgow Museum Collections he curates.

In this talk, individual cases will be discussed that indicate the realities of slavery and service, both for the enslaved people being moved into colonial plantations or domestic service in Glasgow, and for those enriched Glaswegian businessmen who traded people for profit.

The importance of General Register House and the NRS archives in revealing these stories will be the main focus of the talk. Time will be given at the end for questions.

To book, please visit: Attendees can also turn up on the day and any remaining spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Jocelyn Grant
0131 535 1374



Event Location

National Records of Scotland
New Register House
3 West Register Street


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