University College London has started a project looking at the legacies of British slavery.
They have digitised the records of the people who were compensated by the British government in 1833, when slaves in the British empire were freed, showing who shared in the £20 million pay-out to slaveholding families, and begun the process of identifying the men and women who profited.
They are also looking at what they did with the money.
They have just unveiled the associated website:Legacies of British Slave-ownership
You can do a search on the data under various categories, such as names, addresses etc. For instance, if you do a search for "Dublin", you get the names of 38 individuals resident in Dublin at the time who claimed compensation.
UCL look at the legacies under a number of headings, such as commercial, cultural and political. For example, they examine how a lot of the compensated slaveholders invested some of their money in the then beginning British railway network, interesting to see how the capital derived from the labour of the slaves in the colonies is so directly related to that process.
Also, it is illuminating to see how many in the political class benefitted.
Worth a look.