Liverpool and the Atlantic Slave Trade

10th Feb 2022, 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Between 1699 and 1862 almost 5,000 ships sailed from Liverpool on the first leg of a voyage that would see a total of approximately 1.5 million African men. Women and children taken from their homes to the Americas to be sold into lives of slavery and misery. Many people in Liverpool profited hugely from this trade in human beings and some used their profits to establish businesses that are still in existence today.

This is the story of merchants, captains and other Liverpool people who were involved in this terrible trade. The story is an important part of Liverpool’s history and yet it is often forgotten or ignored and even rejected.

Programme: Thursday 10 February 2022, 12 noon- 1pm

11.45am Online access will open

12.00pm Event start

13.00pm Event close

Venue: Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).

This event is free and open to  students, staff and externals, book you place here


About David Hearn 

After a career in export finance and property finance with a number of different banks in Liverpool, London and Manchester David went to university for the first time at the age of 55 taking the first two years of a BA in History at Liverpool John Moores University and the third year at Edge Hill University. David then went on to take an MA in International Slavery Studies at the University of Liverpool. David has published three books – one on the subject of the Grade I & II* listed First World War memorials and two about Liverpool and Slavery. David is working on a book about Liverpool’s legacy of slavery and a fifth book provisionally titled ‘Liverpool; the Empire Port’.

This session is the first of three webinars looking at Liverpool’s Black History. Hosted by author and Edge Hill alumni, David Hearn.

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