Black History Month Evening Talks- Emancipated African Children in Scotland

Thursday 7 October 2021

This talk explores some of the life-stories of African children, who were brought to Scotland during times of Empire.


In partnership with the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and Museums and Galleries Edinburgh, Dr Christine Whyte will deliver a talk that explores some of the life-stories of African children who were brought to Scotland as part of the broader engagement of Scots in the expansion of the British Empire. Children, many of them ‘redeemed from slavery’, taught, guided and educated Scots about and through Africa and African languages. This talk illuminates more about the lives of African child migrants in Scotland in the late nineteenth century.

Christine Whyte is a Lecturer in Global History at the University of Glasgow. She is currently a British Academy / Wolfson Foundation Fellow working on a project titled ‘Recaptured Childhoods’, which traces the lives and experiences of children liberated from the slave trade in the 19th century.

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