Scotland's Questionable Past: Slavery, its impact home and abroad, then and now.

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Thinking Without Borders
Thursday, 7 April 2022 - 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Online, Online, Online

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In recent years the role of Scotland in the slave trade and running slave plantations has increasingly come to the fore. This is an appalling part of our past, with many local people involved. This session brings together three speakers, two with family backgrounds as descendants of slaves and one descended from a family of slave owners.

Professor Palmer, the Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University has examined the connections between Scotland’s wealth and the Atlantic slave trade. He is leading two separate reviews into the city’s and Edinburgh University's involvement in the slave trade.

Lisa Williams is an author, poet and founder of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association. She curates a range of arts events across Scotland to promote Caribbean culture. Lisa runs educational and anti-racist programmes and leads walking tours focusing on Edinburgh’s Black History.

Alex Renton is a campaigning and award-winning journalist who knew that, like many other Scottish families, his had been involved in transatlantic slavery. It wasn’t until he dug deeper that he learnt how bad it really was. Alex’s research led him to write the very challenging book, ‘Blood Legacy: Reckoning with a Family’s Story of Slavery’. For more information, please visit the book’s website:

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Derek Janes



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