tue07dec6:30 pmLecture: Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The rise and fall of a slave-owning familyLecture by Richard Atkinson6:30 pm Donald Insall Associates, 12 Devonshire Street, London, W1G 7ABBook now
£18 Like many well-to-do Georgian families, the Atkinson family's wealth was acquired at a terrible cost, through the labour and lives of enslaved Africans. Drawing on his ancestors’ extensive private correspondence,
Like many well-to-do Georgian families, the Atkinson family’s wealth was acquired at a terrible cost, through the labour and lives of enslaved Africans. Drawing on his ancestors’ extensive private correspondence, as well as public archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Richard Atkinson has spent ten years piecing together their unsettling story, from the weather-beaten house in Cumbria where they once lived to the ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica – exposing many dark secrets along the way.
Richard Atkinson is a book publisher who is responsible, among other things, for some of the most successful cookbooks of recent years. Coincidentally, it was his discovery of a cookery manuscript written by a Georgian ancestor that set him on the decade-long genealogical odyssey which eventually led to Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract. He lives in London, but holds a deep-rooted affection for the north of England, the land of his ancestors.
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