“Joseph Williamson as a Bridge between Business and Government in the Early Years of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved African People” by Professor Will Pettigrew (Lancaster University)


Between 4.30 and 5.30 pm: the Librarian will be on-hand in the Upper Library for those who wish to view the exhibition on Joseph Williamson ahead of the talk
5.30 pm: Talk by Professor Will Pettigrew in the Shulman Auditorium, with an introduction by the Provost
6.15 pm: Q&A hosted by Fellow in History Dr Meleisa Ono-George

Educated at Oxford and Yale, Professor Pettigrew was a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before taking up a permanent post at the University of Kent in 2009. He came to Lancaster in 2018 as Professor of History. His work assesses how the history of Britain has been shaped by global forces as well as the effects that Britain has had on the rest of the world. These interests have led him to complete studies of the development of the British contribution to the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, the constitutional determinants of British economic growth, the history of English trading corporations, and the role of international trade in shaping the English constitution. He is interested in supervising research in any aspect of Global British history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  His most recent monograph is Global Trade and the Shaping of English Freedom (OUP, 2023).

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Professor Pettigrew