About the Project

There are 40 million slaves worldwide and we are witnessing the development of a new antislavery movement.

Our Antislavery Usable Past project is uncovering and applying the lessons of past antislavery movements for contemporary antislavery efforts. Funded by the AHRC between 2014 and 2019, our team of four professors, two postdoctoral research fellows and three PhD students is providing a usable past of antislavery examples and methods for policy makers, civil society, and the heritage sector.

Our interdisciplinary investigation into antislavery legacies, across history and multiple geographies, shows that applied knowledge of the antislavery past offers a way to ‘care for the future’.


This site includes commentaries on different aspects of the project, by both our team and our partners from the heritage sector and NGOs and others. You can also find upcoming events and news. For more, please ‘like’ our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Professor Kevin Bales discusses some of the themes of the Usable Past project:

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Recent News and Events

Recent Commentaries

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us about media engagement, public talks, new partnerships, potential doctoral supervision and any other queries.


University of Nottingham,
B118 Law and Social Sciences building,
University Park,
Nottingham. NG7 2RD.

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