Archive materials relating to slavery in The Baring Archive

The Trustees of the Baring Archive are aware that there are records in The Baring Archive that relate to slavery. Examples include documents concerning the international trade in slave grown commodities like sugar and cotton and papers relating to mortgages on plantations where these commodities were grown.

The Baring Archive's on-going digitisation strategy reflects its commitment to make the records in its care accessible to a diverse range of researchers from around the world. Alongside the scanning of documents, our catalogues are being reviewed and updated to ensure that records can be located and used productively by researchers working today and in the future.

As part of this strategy, and in response to recent events, a working group is being established that will consider the records in the archive that relate to financial activities associated with slavery. The group will consider how these records can be made even more accessible in order to enable more research on this topic to be carried out. An initial step will be to conduct a survey of our catalogues to identify relevant records. Catalogue entries and terminology will then be reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure a fuller understanding of these records and to facilitate research. As the project progresses updates will be posted on our website.

Posted on Friday, 10th July 2020

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