The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society would like to announce that we fully support the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Society was formed in 1781 and has a long and varied history which we now feel it is vital to explore and reflect upon in a meaningful way.
In the 1700s, the prosperity the thriving textile industry brought to Manchester was built on the back of slavery; but the city’s outrage at the slave-trade led to local anti-slavery campaigners playing a key part in the abolition of slavery in 1833. We are planning a public research project to explore the Society’s connections to Manchester’s complex history around this time and would welcome expressions of interest from MA students with a keen interest in this period. We are particularly interested in hearing from young researchers of BAME heritage and this will be a paid position.
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