Community Collections

As part of the Lancaster Black History, Slavery Family Trees conference held in the library on 13th November 2021 we will be launching the first of our Community Collections: The Glocal Collection.

The Glocal Collection

This new library collection has emerged out of a collaboration between Lancaster University and Lancaster Black History Community Group. The collection seeks to provide local people, schools, and community groups with the opportunity to loan books and other materials about Lancaster’s historical role as the fourth largest Trans-Atlantic slave-trading port in the 18th century, its ties to the larger ‘slavery business’ through trade in plantation commodities such as sugar, mahogany and cotton, and the role of prominent local families in Imperial trade and plunder. This Glocal collection (global and local), will enrich and deepen our understanding of how the city of Lancaster's history is entangled with histories of people and places in West Africa, the Americas, West-indies, and East-Indies, and was shaped by slavery, colonialism, and Empire.

In launching this collection, we also want to acknowledge the history of the land beneath our feet. Lancaster University Bailrigg Campus was built on land purchased and enclosed in the early 19th century by a man called Joshua Hinde (1722-1812). Part of a Lancastrian slave-trading and plantation owning dynasty, Joshua sold cargoes of enslaved people landed by English slave ships in the West-Indies, was the manager on a sugar plantation in Grenada before he retired back to Lancaster and used some of his ill-gotten wealth to turn Bailrigg into a private agricultural estate. By the end of the 19th century the Bailrigg estate was in the ownership of local industrialists, the Storey family. In 1961 Lancaster City Council purchased the estate from the then owner, Barton Towneley, to offer it as a site that would entice the University Grants Committee to locate a university at Lancaster. While the University has no direct connection the Hinde family and has never benefitted from this ill-gotten wealth, the history of the land on which it is built is emblematic of the city of Lancaster's connections to Transatlantic and Plantation Slavery.


Dr Sunita Abraham, Department of Sociology

Professor Imogen Tyler, Department of Sociology

Joshua Sendall, Research and Scholarly Communications Manager

Where to find the Glocal Collection

Visitors are welcome in the Library to browse the Glocal Collection and consult items within it. It can be found on A-Floor, at the front of the Library building, facing Alexandra Square.

We will shortly be able to loan items from the collection to members of the public – watch out for further details coming soon!

Discover titles within the Glocal Collection

The collection is organised using the BLISS classification scheme (alphabetical classmarks). All items within the collection are identifiable by the Adrinka Mpatapo symbol, a Ghananian symbol representing the “knot of reconciliation”, which can be found on the spine label.

Titles within the collection are discoverable in the Library online search tool, OneSearch using the hashtag #glocalcollection

Suggestions and feedback are welcome!

If you would like to make a recommendation for inclusion in the collection we would love to hear from you. Similarly, if you have any feedback about the collection, please let us know.

There are various ways in which you can make contact with us, detailed on our web pages.