History KS3 / KS4: British slave owners in the 1830s

Historian David Olusoga investigates evidence of British slave ownership in the 1830s, referring to 40,000 owners with over 800,000 slaves in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

The figures are from detailed records of compensation to slave owners paid when slavery was abolished in 1834 across the British Empire.

Olusoga uses the records to demonstrate how widespread and profitable the ownership of slaves was in Britain at the time, linking his analysis by visits to Georgian terraces in parts of London.

This is from the series: Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

Contains scenes which some younger viewers may find upsetting. Teacher review recommended prior to use in class.

Teacher Notes

This could supplement study of the abolition of the British slave trade and the abolition of slavery within the British Empire itself.

It could also be used as an example of how a historian makes use of archival evidence to support their case.

It could be used to support the teaching of migration in to and out of Britain.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.

More from the series: Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

How British slave owners fought for compensation
The social and economic impact of slave ownership on British society
The Barbados Slave Code
Why British slave owners opposed Abolition