Human Resources

Human Resources

Exploring the true story of British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and how it touches every part of the nation. Hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean, a journalist and descendent of both Black African Slaves and White slave owners or overseers.


April 28, 2021 2 mins
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We begin our journey in Herefordshire. Kington, specifically, to discover the story behind Lady Hawkins' School and its links to Sir John Hawkins, Britain's first slave trader. Featuring Dr. Mirander Kaufmann ( and Dr. Misha Ewen ( A school with a slaving past ( A transcript for this episode is available here ( CREDITS  Written...
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May 18, 2021 34 mins
In Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth near Grantham, Lincolnshire is a house, Woolsthorpe Manor and within the grounds of this house, an apple tree. The very tree a young Sir Isaac Newton sat under which started his exploration of gravity. We discover how one of England's greatest minds, science, and Lincolnshire is linked to Britain's slaving past. Featuring Professor Simon Schaffer and Professor Kate Murphy. A transcript for this ...
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May 25, 2021 32 mins
How is Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, the Metropolitan Police, and the modern Conservative party connected? Sir Robert Peel Jr, that's how, and in this episode, we explore the links between powerful men, country manors, and wealth built from Slavery. This episode features Dr. Madge Dresser ( and Dr. Sami Pinarbasi ( An Update from Sami Pinarbasi (...
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June 1, 2021 32 mins
For some, chocolate can provide a pure moment of escapism, for others, it's a luxurious treat. But how is one of Britain's best-known brands; 'Cadbury's, connected to Britain's slaving past, and is chocolate really so sweet? This episode features chocolate historian Craig Methven from Brixton's Chocolate Museum ( and Tony's Chocolonely's Choco Evangelist Ynzo van Zanten (
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June 8, 2021 29 mins
The picturesque County of Powys in Wales, had an abstruse but vital role in the Slave trade. We uncover how everyday families got swept up in the business and production of Welsh Cloth, a cloth used to not only clothe enslaved people but also trade them. ⚠️ Content Warning: This episode contains descriptions of brutality, listener discretion advised. Featuring Dr. Marian Gwynn ( Full episode trans...
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June 15, 2021 26 mins
Liverpool is a city that appears to be leading the way with how it is reconciling its history. In this episode, we look at what we can learn from Liverpool and where work still needs to be done. Featuring Dr. Richard Benjamin (, head of Liverpool's Internation Slavery Museum ( Full Episode Transcript ( CREDITS Produced by Renay ...
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June 22, 2021 25 mins
Can the Greene King pub chain and its founder Benjamin Greene help us understand the rise of Britain's pub culture and its links with the Transatlantic Slave Trade? Featuring author Vaughn Scribner  ( from the University of Arkansas and Liverpool's International Slavery Museum's Dr. Richard Benjamin ( Greene King founding story (
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June 29, 2021 34 mins
Following on from part 1, we now look at Welsh Cloth's journey into the Caribbean and learn more about the enslaved people who wore it. Featuring fabric specialist Jenny Hodgeman and Dr. Steeve O. Buckman. Full Episode Transcript CREDITS Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Dr. Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba Sound Design by Ben Yellowitz, with J Hope on the strings Vocal pieces by James Collins and Caleb Kun...
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July 6, 2021 32 mins
In the final episode of the season, we focus in on the UK's financial centre, the Bank of England, and how one of the bank's governers was tied up with the Slave trade.  Featuring Professor Trevor Barnard Full Episode Transcript Produced by Renay Richardson Researchers are Dr Alison Bennett and Arisa Loomba Sound design by Ben Yellowitz  Production assistant is Rory Boyle  This is a Broccoli Production. Learn more abou...
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November 9, 2021 1 min
Have you been missing Human Resources? Us too! Our new series will be coming soon but if you're looking for a podcast in the meantime, we think you'll really love We Were Always Here.  Our new weekly documentary series explores the history of the UK AIDS pandemic from the perspective of those most marginalized communities. These are stories of loss, activism, rage and resilience, and most importantly - community. Hosted by HIV a...
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January 11, 2022 31 mins
The British monarchy is one of the oldest and most resilient in the world. In this episode, we explore their links with the slave trade and just how involved they were. Featuring author and associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, Brooke Newman. The transcript for this episode can be found here. CREDITS Written and Hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean Editor and Producer Renay Richardson Researchers Ar...
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January 18, 2022 31 mins
Did the Slave rebellions play a part in the British Monarchy's stance on abolition? Featuring author and associate professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, Brooke Newman. The full episode transcript can be found here. CREDITS Written and hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean Editor and Producer is Renay Richardson Researchers are Arisa Loomba and Dr. Alison Bennett Production Assistant is Rory Boyle Sound Design by Lex A...
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January 25, 2022 35 mins
The image of ‘England’s green and pleasant land’ is one that has endured for centuries, but is this land really for everyone? Featuring PHD Student Annabelle Gilmore and Maxwell Ayamber PHD Student and founder and Project Coordinator of Sheffield Environmental Movement. The full episode transcript can be found here. CREDIT: Written by Moya Lothian-McLean Editor and Producer Renay Richardson Researchers Dr. Alison Bennet...
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February 1, 2022 34 mins
When Britain’s railways are placed within the context of the empire they helped to maintain, they are framed as one of the only ‘good’ legacies of imperialism. In this episode, we focus on the original Great Western Railway and how it's linked to history within the British slave trade. Featuring Dr. Oli Betts, research lead at the National Railway Museum in York. The full episode transcript can be found here. CREDIT Wri...
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February 8, 2022 35 mins
The journey of the Middle Passage is one of the most evocative images of slavery, taught in schools as an example of brutality. It was the sea voyage of no return. In this episode, we discover the realities of this horrific journey and what legacies we still live with. Featuring Sowande Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. This episode also feat...
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February 22, 2022 35 mins
Before the 400-odd years of the triangular trade, the plantations, the whips, the Sunday markets, the racial science. What were the first stirrings of an industry that we now understand as the pinnacle of inhumanity, but in the 1600s seemed the height of financial innovation? Featuring PHD candidate Patricia Martins Marcos. The full episode transcript can be found here. CREDITS Written and hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean Edi...
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March 1, 2022 34 mins
In part 1 of Origin Stories, we explored the dominant narratives around the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade. But within every accepted history are a multitude of stories, interpretations, and conflicting ‘truths’. In this episode, we try to understand how the origins of slavery are explained from the perspective of those who were enslaved.  Featuring Dr. Jose Lingna Nafafe and Professor Toby Green. Full episode trans...
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March 8, 2022 35 mins
When we talk about the ‘British’ Empire and the ‘British’ slave trade, it’s easy to forget that England – although the central seat of power – was not the only country involved. And for the next three episodes, we’re going to turn our attentions to one of the nations that has all-too-often escaped the full scrutiny of its role in the wider system of slavery: bonnie Scotland itself. Featuring Dr. Karly Kehoe the Canada Research Cha...
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March 15, 2022 35 mins
In the first of our episodes spotlighting Scotland’s slaving history, we went big and broad. Now it’s time to get personal, to uncover the individual stories which, pieced together, can paint a picture of how the lives of Scottish migrants and enslaved Africans collided. Featuring Desha Osborne who teaches Literature in the department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies at Hunter College. The full episode transcript can...
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