Departures podcast episodes 4-6: 400 years of emigration from Britain

Last updated: 15/11/2023
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The second instalment in a series of interviews by the Migration Museum that can be used to supplement their GCSE pack Departures - understanding emigration.

Episode 4 - Emigration and enslavement

An exploration of this dark strand of British emigration history with: Professor Matthew Smith, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership at University College London; Madge Dresser, Honorary Professor of History, Bristol University and author of Slavery Obscured; Oliver Colegrave and his father Stephen Colegrave, co-founder of the Byline Times; and Sally Hadden, Associate Professor of History, Western Michigan University and author of Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas.

Episode 5 - The leaving of Liverpool

Mukti Jain Campion talks to Ian Murphy, Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, to discover how the port of Liverpool became the gateway to millions of new lives abroad, and examines the importance of printed propaganda in fuelling 19th-century British emigration with Dr Fariha Shaikh, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham and author of Nineteenth-Century Settler Emigration in British Literature and Art.

Episode 6 - A Welsh Utopia in Patagonia

In May 1865, 153 men, women and children set sail from Liverpool to build a new homeland, somewhere they could speak Welsh, govern themselves and pursue their religion and culture without interference. A romantic vision that took them 8,000 miles to the remote Chubut valley in Argentina.

An interview with Professor Lucy Taylor of Aberystwyth University, who has studied the archives of the Welsh in Patagonia, and Gareth Jenkins, who has traced a family from his own village in Montgomeryshire that was amongst the early migrants.

Download episodes 1-3.

Download episodes 7&9.

You could also try Lesson Up, a Migration Museum series of free interactive slide presentations on themes of migration, identity and belonging.

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