Glossary of terms


These resources have been made available with the help of the University of Nottingham to support the teaching of the ‘Nottingham’s Legacies of Slavery’ project, which illuminates and explores the backgrounds of several locally commemorated individuals and prominent places (including Robert Smith, Eric Irons and George Africanus) that are connected to the transatlantic slave economy.

Booklists for further reading can be found at the end of this post.


Activity Pack: Nottingham Monopoly

This activity pack includes a game & teachings resources that complement the core History resources focusing on Robert Smith, Eric Irons and George Africanus.

George Africanus

Leaders in the Community: George Africanus

This pack contains information and excerpts on the life and work of George Africanus – an 18th Century enslaved person who became Nottingham’s first black entrepreneur.

Eric Irons

Leaders in the Community: Eric Irons

The information contained in this resource was derived mainly from the unpublished memoir of Eric Irons (Eric Irons, Unpublished Memoir, 2009) and should be used alongside other materials in our education pack.

Robert Smith

Nottingham’s Links to Slavery in Jamaica: Robert Smith, Lord Carrington

This pack contains information and excerpts on the work of Robert Smith, Lord Carrington – a Nottingham banker and slave-owner.

You will also find activities that explore the wider geographic links between Great Britain and Jamaica, focused on its place-names, teachers’ notes on the history of Jamaica and on Robert Smith, and an activity for the Place-Names, which contains a PowerPoint presentation and instructions. You will need to print out slides 8-10 as classroom handouts (and you can print the other slides if you think that is appropriate, e.g. slide 1 and slide 5).

Glossary of terms

A Glossary of Terminology for Understanding Transatlantic Slavery and ‘Race’

Primary and secondary level teachers articulated specific concerns to the University of Nottingham, over challenges conveying what the appropriate use of terminology was, so that important, respectful and non-offensive conversations, that promote understanding and social cohesion, can take place amongst their pupils. This resource is to help better equip teachers to have conversations with students.

Many thanks to the University of Nottingham for access to these resources.

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