Update on advisory group on records relating to slavery in the Baring Archive

In July 2020, the Trustees of the Baring Archive announced that they would be establishing a working group to consider the records in the archive that relate to financial activities associated with slavery. 

The Baring Archive Advisory Group has now been formed and is chaired by Dr Rowena Olegario, Co-Director of the Global History of Capitalism project at the Oxford Centre for Global History and one of the Trustees of The Baring Archive Limited.

The group includes Professor Manuel Barcia, Pro-Dean International/Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Cultures and Chair of Global History at the University of Leeds and Dr Christienna Fryar, Lecturer in Black British History at Goldsmiths, University of London and Convenor of their MA in Black British History. Representatives of the Baring Archive, Barings and ING are also members.

An introductory meeting was held in November 2020 with discussion focussed on the questions of how to:

  • update the archive’s catalogue entries on records relating to slavery
  • diversify the users of the archive beyond financial historians and art historians to historians of slavery and empire
  • encourage more black and ethnic minority historians to use the archive
  • explore the historic involvement of the bank in financing activities related to slavery

We are committed to continuing work on these initiatives and will provide further updates.

Posted on Monday, 1st February 2021

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