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The Bristol Slavery and Abolition Trail Paperback – 16 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Barb Drummond; unabridged edition (16 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955101026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955101021
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,743,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Barb Drummond has lived in Bristol, England for over 25 years. In 1995 she became interested in the history of her adopted city, but finding no interesting books decided to write her own. Unable to find a publisher, she now publishes her own titles. Her subjects were initially close to home, dealing with architecture, the abolition of slavery, and a number of well received walking guides on a range of subjects. Her walks are driven by what can be seen, not by the straight narrative of events, encouraging the exploration of alleyways and parks, urging people to look all around them, to be constantly surprised by the variety of sights which are often ignored or misunderstood. Her books are small and affordable. One fan describes them as being 'like a rich fruitcake', full of variety and interest, worth re-reading. She is now spreading her net further afield, with guides to other English towns and cities, as well as other subjects, such as the history of drinking water and fountains, a World War I naval battle, and even a fictitious village.

She has appeared on local tv and radio, carried out research for the much lamented British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and is often consulted by researchers. She has presented papers at symposiums, such as 'How the Masculine Architecture of Bath empowered and educated women', and 'The Three Ages of Bristol Bridge'.

Her book on a World War I naval battle is now on sale where it happened, on a coral atol in the Pacific Ocean, so is her first overseas outlet.

Her latest book, 'The Big World of Mr Bridges' Microcosm' is the product of many years intense research, and is now on kindle. It is her biggest and most interesting work to date, about a giant clock, The Microcosm, that was shown in Britain and America for over 40 years. It is now in storage at the British Museum as they cannot figure out how to present it. It is about 18th century clocks, engineering, travelling shows, the origins of the industrial revolution, the importance of art in science, and what makes the English people, well, English. In fact it's a book pretty much about everything and one reader suggested it should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in anything. They were not paid to say that, but perhaps they should be. she read a paper on this topic at the Literary London Conference in London, concerning the clock's travels in London and its impact on the capital's entertainment.

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From the Publisher

This walking guide to central Bristol's slavery and abolition sites is a perfect antidote to the local sport of defaming dead Bristolians. Commedian Dennis Leary once commented that anyone seriously anti drugs should throw away all their music, as the two are inseparable. Unfortunately, modern world is inextricably linked to slavery's role in Georgian trade, industrialisation and empire building. So anyone who truly rejects the legacy of slavery should similarly reject all the trappings of modern life.
This walk is a compact, accessible and easy to understand introduction to this complicated and much misunderstood subject. It is a companion to Barb Drummond's book 'Eyebrows on Fire: Bristol and Abolition'. It was published to celebrate 2007's bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and is of ongoing interest.

From the Author

I was asked to produce this by the local tourist office, as no book existed on either slavery or abolition. I wrote it and the more comprehensive 'Eyebrows on Fire: Bristol and Abolition' to celebrate the 2007 bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade, an event which I passionately believe should have been celebrated as the starting point of the many human rights campaigns that have followed. The campaign was the first to develop PR techniques, and many women were involved in it though seldom credited for their roles, so served the starting point of all campaigns that have followed. Unfortunately Bristol's attitude to this anniversary was to highlight the horrors of slavery, rather than to tell the far more interesting story of the times, an age of famine, war and rebellion, when poor English people were being transported to the other side of the world, the beginnings of a certain colony downunder, a detail largely ignored at this time.
Slavery and abolition was not primarily about race, but of abuse of the poor and dispossessed, which is why it continues today, even in this country.

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By scriptor on 22 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoyed the author's Death and the Bridge which was well researched. Slavery played an important role in the development of 18th century Bristol and Barb Drummond has documented the fight for its abolition clearly and succinctly.
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