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Non Slave Tales

Non Slave Tales

When I was researching for the 2007 celebrations of Britain’s abolition of the slave trade, this notion came very much to the forefront. I tracked down reliable written sources, I cited them, I kept impeccable records of what I was using. But I came up against people claiming to be the descendants of slaves who … Continue reading

Foundling Fabrics

I have just read ‘Threads of Feeling, The London Foundling Hospital’s Textile Tokens, 1740-1770’ which is a strange and fascinating story of one of Britain’s oldest charities, and one which from the outset attracted much celebrity support, in particular that of the painter William Hogarth. The hospital was established by a wealthy ship’s captain to … Continue reading

London’s Undead

In 1825 London’s Humane Society held its anniversary dinner, which was followed by a procession of 530 persons who had been returned from the dead by this benevolent charity. Since its founding in 1776 they claimed to have reanimated over 5,000 people in London alone. Add to this all the societies in Britain, North America … Continue reading