This chapter presents an overview of the development of thinking about the history and memory of slavery during the past fifty years. In doing so, it helps to contextualise the essays in the volume, while at the same time offering a series of reflections on the impact of museums and the heritage sector in general on contemporary discourses about slavery and British history. The chapter stresses the vital link between local, regional and national memories of slavery. It also reinforces the contributions of a new generation of scholars in (re)writing slavery and the profits made from slaveholding back into British history. This is still very much an ongoing project but it is already abundantly clear that the old consensus, the one that focussed almost exclusively on British efforts to bring slavery to an end, has broken down.
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