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LMA will be hosting a special conference on Saturday 17 March marking the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade and International Women's Day.

Details and booking information are below:

Winds of Change – Women and Slavery

Event: Conference

Day: Saturday March 17th

Time: 10am – 4.30pm

Location: London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

Cost: £50 / £30 (includes lunch)

To book: Call       020 7332 3820    email         [log in to unmask]         write to     Bookings at the above address

This one day conference for International Women’s Day marks the 1807 Act which abolished the slave trade. The role of free and enslaved women in the anti-slavery movement will be explored along with contemporary issues surrounding the existence of slavery today.


9.30am          Welcome and coffee

10am            Women and Their Forgotten Role in Slavery

10.40am “Belly Women” and “Pickeniny Mummas”: Images of Jamaican Slave Mothers in Discourses of Slavery and Abolition.

11.20am Coffee

11.40am Desiring Freedom – the Betto Douglas story

                Betto Douglas was an enslaved woman on the plantation belonging to the Earl of Romney.  At age 52 she challenged the system of slavery by claiming              that she had been promised her freedom and even petitioning the Governor for his assistance.   Her claim antagonized attorney Richard Cardin so that her                story plays out as a clash of wills between a determined, elderly enslaved mother and the attorney who ran a plantation as he saw fit.   Betto's pursuit of             her own manumission was a manifestation of the enslaved' near-relentless quest for freedom. 

12.20pm Colliding Worlds in the Curatorial Environment: The Archivist and the Activist

1pm             Lunch – Behind the scenes tours and viewing of original slave history materials from the LMA collections

2.30pm          Cameroonian Women Struggling Against a Few Traditional Praxis.

3.10pm          Hottentot Testimonial: Contemporary Art Re-visioning the Female Experience of Slavery

3.50pm          Tea

4pm             Panel Discussion

4.30pm          Close

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