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I've always known Glasgow had made money off the back of the slave trade, but thought it was a bit secondary to the English involvement. How wrong can you be! Interesting things I have learnt this week: -The Gallery of Modern Art was originally built as someone's mansion, a rich tobacco lord named William Cunningham. http://www.amostcuriousmurder.com/RoyalExchangeHistory.htm -the Glasgow connection to the slave trade was stronger in the Carribean than the more infamous American plantations. Hence names like the Kingston Bridge, Jamaica Street, etc. -there's a reason I didn't really know all this, we are not taught it in school, and there seems to be a serious denial of these events. A slightly out of date article, as it's partially about the Homecoming event of 2009, this has come to my attention as a source for part of my essay research for my history course at Uni: http://www.variant.org.uk/35texts/AeFondKiss.html
Saw an episode of 'The People's History Show' recently. On catch-up so wasn't breaking the law! They gave an email for suggestions the show ccould investigate. As I've recently been researching the local history of Dumbarton and its environs I thought I'd send of a couple of subjects and get my 15 minutes of fame! I'm really not that sad but will let you know if anything transpires...