Scotland’s Untold Story of Colonialism, Slavery and Resistance

scotland's slavery

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

2 June, 2021 at 12 noon – 1.30 p.m.

Free Event – Register for Ticket

Old Ways New Roads event, featuring a film screening of ‘1745’ and discussion around colonialism, slavery and resistance


About this event

In 1745, while the Jacobites were fighting for the restoration of the Stuarts to the British throne, Scotland’s economy was increasingly dependent on the booming transatlantic slave trade. The year 1745 and the brutal suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion would be memorialized in Scottish history, while the stories of enslaved African people remained untold. Moyo and Morayo Akandé’s award winning film, 1745, enables us to enter the world of 18th century Scotland, but from a new perspective.

Chaired by The Hunterian’s Zandra Yeaman and featuring a special screening of the film, a panel of experts will examine some of the issues highlighted in 1745 within the context of Old Ways New Roads, Travels in Scotland 1720-1832. Q&A to follow.


Morayo Akandé, Moyo Akandé, Dr John Bonehill (University of Glasgow), Anne Dulau Beveridge (The Hunterian, University of Glasgow), Professor Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow), Dr Andrew Mackillop and Dr Churnjeet Mahn.

Guest Speakers

Morayo Akandé is a writer, actor and director, who trained at the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, USA. 1745 is her debut writing credit; the feature film version is currently in development. 1745 was inspired by advertisements that Morayo discovered for runaway slaves, placed in Scottish newspapers of the time.

Moyo Akandé trained at the prestigious Arts Educational Schools in London. She has an extensive list of television credits in particular for the BBC and has worked in many theatre’s across Britain with Olivier and Tony award winning directors.

Dr Andrew Mackillop is a historian who specialises in the role of Scotland and Scots in British imperialism between c. 1690 and c. 1820. While his interests extend to all parts of the Empire he currently focuses on the role of Scots, Irish and Welsh in the English East India Company. His book on the subject, Human Capital: Scotland, Ireland, Wales and British Imperialism in Asia, c.1690-c.1820 will be published by Manchester University Press in the autumn of 2021.

Dr Churnjeet Mahn is a Reader in English Literature at the University of Strathclyde and an AHRC EDI Leadership Fellow (focusing on race and heritage in Scotland). She is currently researching experiences of racism and homophobia in travel accounts and is leading a British Academy grant entitled Cross-Border Queers: The Story of South Asian Migrants to the UK with Rohit Dasgupta.

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