New perspectives of the Stirling Maxwell collection

This learning resource aims to inspire new perspectives on material culture that is associated with history of slavery. It builds on the work of the History of Slavery Steering Group which has mentioned the Stirling Maxwell collection as one of the ways the University profited from slavery in the Caribbean. Our work here is intended as a contribution to ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ initiatives that provide new insights into Scotland’s place in the world and supports the aims of the Understanding Racism: Transforming University Cultures report.



The Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies and the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures in the College of Arts, are collaborating with Archives & Special Collections and the Digital Education Unit in Information Services, to create this resource to inspire critical reflection on what it means to the University to be custodian of such an important collection.


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