Madge Dresser is a senior research fellow at the University of the West of England, Honorary Professor in Historical Studies at the University of Bristol and a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, London School of Economics and the University of Bristol. She has published and broadcast widely on the themes of slavery and its legacy in Britain and much of her work uses Bristol as a base from which to explore the global themes of race, ethnicity and gender. Her publications include Black and White on the Buses: the Campaign Against the Colour Bar in Bristol in 1963 (1987, 2007, 2016), Slavery Obscured: the Social History of the Slave Trade in Bristol (2001, 2007, 2016), Ethnic Minorities and the City: Bristol 1000-2000 (with Peter Fleming) (2017), Slavery and the British Country House (co-edited with Andrew Hann) (2013) and Women and the City: Bristol 1373-2000 (2016). As a public historian she has participated in national and local debates and broadcasts on the memorialisation of slavery including in the RIBA Journal and on Open Democracy. Currently she is Bristol coordinator for Journey to Justice, a human rights charity of which she is a trustee.
Events featuring this speaker
The Bristol slavery trail was first devised in 1999. Madge Dresser leads a walk looking at new findings, debunking some myths, and considering current controversies arising from the city’s slaving past and how it should be remembered.
The Addison Act of 1919 introduced the modern council estate. How has council housing changed since then? What can we learn from this?