Katie Donington joined the University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow for the Antislavery Usable Past project attached to the Centre for Research in Race and Rights in July 2013. Her research focus is in the history, memory and representation of British transatlantic slavery, with a particular focus on Jamaica.
She has a PhD in British History from University College London (2013). She has an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2007) and a BA in English Literature and History (2005) from the University of Leeds.
Before joining Nottingham she worked with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London initially as PhD student and then as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. Her thesis used the lens of an individual slave-owner - George Hibbert - to explore proslavery ideology and political rhetoric, commercial networks and the cultural legacies of slave-ownership in England. Her post-doctoral research examined the structure and significance of slave-ownership in Jamaica between 1763 and 1833.
She has a long-standing interest in public history and worked in the museum sector for several years before undertaking her doctoral research. She has worked with UCL Museums and Collections, Hackney Museum and Archives and the Imperial War Museum. She is a member of the Share Academy Steering Group and promotes collaborative work between higher education institutions and museums. Her most recent public history partnership was with the BBC as an historical advisor on the documentary Britain's Forgotten Slave-owners.
She is interested in slave-ownership, mercantile networks, imperial families and the representation of slavery during the period of abolition. She is a co-author with Catherine Hall, Nicholas Draper, Keith McClelland and Rachel Lang of The legacies of British slave-ownership: colonial slavery and the formation of Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is also interested in the memory and representation of slavery in Britain and is the co-editor with Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody of Britain's memory of slavery: the local nuances of a national sin (Liverpool University Press, 2016). She is in the process of turning her doctoral thesis into a monograph. She has also written for public history publications including History Workshop Online and History Today.
Katie is currently researching eighteenth and nineteenth-century antislavery strategies as part of the Antislavery Usable Past project. She will help to build a visual database of antislavery… read more
KATIE DONINGTON, RYAN HANLEY and JESSICA MOODY, eds., 2016. Britain's memory of slavery: the local nuances of a national sin Liverpool University Press. (In Press.)
KATIE DONINGTON and NICHOLAS DRAPER, 2015. London's Debt to Slavery. In: DEEPA NAIK and TRENTON OLDFIELD, eds., Critical Cities 4. Myrdle Court Press. 178-98
Katie is currently researching eighteenth and nineteenth-century antislavery strategies as part of the Antislavery Usable Past project. She will help to build a visual database of antislavery campaigning images, artwork, public sculpture and murals. As part of her research she will be looking at the role of self-emancipatory imagery in both past and contemporary antislavery visual culture.