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Bri­tain’s For­got­ten Slave Own­ers

July

BBC TWO When slav­ery was abol­ished, thou­sands of Bri­tish slave-own­ers re­ceived com­pen­sa­tion for the ‘ loss’ of peo­ple they saw as their ‘prop­erty’.

While the for­mer slaves re­ceived ab­so­lutely noth­ing, those who had prof­ited from their work re­ceived the equiv­a­lent of £17 bil­lion.

In a doc­u­men­tary made in part­ner­ship with Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don, his­to­rian David Olu­soga ex­am­ines the com­pen­sa­tion records in close de­tail. It’s an ap­proach that re­veals the range of those who owned slaves. In ad­di­tion, as David traces what hap­pened to the money, he re­veals how the sheer amount of cap­i­tal paid out af­fected the de­vel­op­ment of the econ­omy dur­ing the Vic­to­rian era.

The Bletch­ley Girls Wed­nes­day 22 July, 11am

RA­DIO 4 The work of the women who helped to break Axis codes at Bletch­ley Park dur­ing the Se­cond World War has long been un­der­val­ued. Not by writer Tessa Dun­lop, whose book The Bletch­ley Girls – War, Se­crecy, Love And Loss – The Women Of Bletch­ley Park Tell Their Story gath­ered to­gether the tes­ti­mony of some of those who sur­vive. Pre­sented by Tessa her­self, this Ra­dio 4 doc­u­men­tary finds the au­thor fo­cus­ing on five women in­volved in code­break­ing. The pro­gramme doesn’t just deal with their time at Bletch­ley, but how and why they were re­cruited, their lives away from work and the im­pact of their Bletch­ley ex­pe­ri­ences on the rest of their lives.

One Hun­dred Years Of The WI

July/Au­gust

BBC TWO The story of the Women’s In­sti­tute in Bri­tain be­gan in Septem­ber 1915. To quote the or­gan­i­sa­tion it­self, its ini­tial aim was “to re­vi­talise ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and en­cour­age women to be­come more in­volved in pro­duc­ing food dur­ing the First World War”.

Lat­terly, it has be­come an or­gan­i­sa­tion of­ten as­so­ci­ated with jam-and­cakes cosi­ness. How­ever, that’s cer­tainly not his­to­rian Lucy Wors­ley’s take. In a doc­u­men­tary cel­e­brat­ing the group and its il­lus­tri­ous her­itage, Lucy de­mands that we all start to see the WI as a bold and even rad­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion, akin in some re­spects to a ma­jor political party.

Codebreakers at Bletch­ley Park, c1942

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