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Research guides

Research guides provide introductory guidance for researchers on many of our most popular subjects. These give a brief overview of the subject together with suggestions of research sources held by The National Archives.

The National Archives holds significant collections relating to the study of slavery and the slave trade, along with its suppression and abolition. This research guide aims to introduce new researchers to the wealth of material held by The National Archives (as well as other archives) for the study of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade:

Slavery: British transatlantic slave trade

To supplement this research guide, The National Archives has provided further background information for those embarking on research into slavery and the slave trade. The following documents can be downloaded as PDF files. These are designed to supplement the research guide but do not provide information on sources at The National Archives:

The National Archives acknowledges the contribution made by members of the previous User Advisory Group (Caroline Bressey, Louise Craven, Madge Dresser, Peter Fraser, Guy Grannum, Sara Griffiths, Georgina Kiani, Rachel Hasted, Steve Martin, John Oldfield, Angelina Osborne, David Richardson, Gemma Romain, Sam Walker, James Walvin, and Kristy Warren) in compiling these documents.

Other research guides

In addition, The National Archives has other research guides which complement the subject or expand upon some of the topics referred to: