Leading Historian to Deliver Lecture on British Slave Trade

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A leading historian, specialising in the transatlantic slave trade, will deliver the latest in a series of public Professorial Lectures at The Hive.

Professor Suzanne Schwarz, of the University of Worcester, who has undertaken extensive international research on the transatlantic slave trade and abolition, will give an engaging lecture about the career of a Liverpool slave ship surgeon and captain.

Titled “This Unnatural Accursed Trade: The Career of an Eighteenth Century Slave Ship Surgeon and Captain”, the talk will explore how, in the 18th Century, Britain emerged as the leading slave trading nation responsible for the transportation of over two million enslaved Africans.

She will specifically focus on Liverpool slave ship surgeon and captain, James Irving, and his shipwreck and capture on the Barbary Coast of Morocco in 1789. His journals reveal the reaction of a slave trader to his period of captivity among people he characterised as ‘savages’ and ‘barbarians’. Professor Schwarz has previously written a book on Irving entitled Slave Captain: The Career of James Irving in the Liverpool Slave Trade.

The lecture takes place in The Hive studio on Wednesday, June 3 at 6pm.

Tickets are free but booking is advisable and can be made on The Hive’s website at or by calling The Hive on 01905 765576.

For information on courses at University of Worcester come along to the Open Day on Sunday, June 21.