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The First Online Industrial Revolution Conference: Hidden Histories of the Industrial Revolution: Enslaved People and Women

Hidden Histories of the Industrial Revolution: Enslaved People and Women

The Arkwright Society joins the Zoom revolution with their first virtual Industrial Revolution Conference on Saturday 7th November. The Industrial Revolution Conference has been running for six years with a diverse range of topics and expert speakers.

This year, leading experts on the Industrial Revolution will set out their views about the time when Britain changed in every way. They will talk about the partly ‘hidden histories’ in this context of enslaved peoples and women.

Our first keynote speaker, Professor Maxine Berg of Warwick University will look at Slavery and the Wealth of Nations by going back to the Royal African Company in the late 1600s, when Edward Colston was a Director.  The use of enslaved peoples on the sugar plantations of the West Indies paved the way for the later work of enslaved peoples in the revolution of cotton production.  

Professor Emma Griffin, University of East Anglia, the second keynote speaker, has extensively researched workers in the Industrial Revolution through their journals, diaries and letters, and will discuss Victorian women workers after men ‘stole’ their work spinning in the mills.

For the first time, a speaker will feature direct from Sao Paulo University in Brazil. Thales Pereira will discuss the role of Brazilian cotton in the Industrial Revolution and consider the role of slavery and markets in its supply.  

Susanne Seymour, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Slavery at Nottingham University, will talk about her large project on the raw cotton sources for the Strutt Mills in Belper. The Strutts were the lead supplier of cotton thread in the UK in the late 18th/19th centuries. Their cotton was mostly supplied by Thomas Tarleton, who was himself directly involved in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Then Cliff Lea, a Cromford Mills guide, will talk about the later Arkwrights who served as Members of Parliament in the 19th century, including one who served in the West Africa Squadron, the British Navy patrol which tried to reduce the activities of slavers after the British Abolition Act of 1834.


Tickets are in limited supply, book your place today at www.cromfordmills.org.uk/events