Compensation paid to Liverpool people under the Slavery Abolition Act, 1833

17th Feb 2022, 12:00pm - 1:00pm


The Slavery Abolition Act, 1833 abolished slavery throughout the British Empire (except in lands controlled by the East India Company). The Act provided for compensation to be paid by the government, not to people who had suffered the pain and indignity of slavery but, instead, to the owners of plantations where the enslaved people worked.

Many people in Liverpool and the surrounding area benefited from this compensation including John Gladstone of Liverpool, father of the future Prime Minister W E Gladstone, who received the largest payment under the scheme. The UK government were still paying interest up to 2015 on the loan they took out to pay the compensation.

Programme: Thursday 17 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 your 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 second in a series of three webinars looking at Liverpool’s Black History.  Hosted by author and Edge Hill alumni, David Hearn, this event takes place Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).

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