Written Treasure: Correspondence from Captured Ships, 1652-1815

Event Type: Local / Community

Takes Place: 29th August 2019

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: The National Archives, Kew

Description: As pirates buried their captured gold and jewels, their legal cousins – privateers and navies – left a written treasure almost as well hidden. Thousands of letters sent across the seas were swept into their captors’ hauls, brought into court, and forgotten. If delivered, the letters would likely not have survived. Written by people of all ranks – wives and husbands, parents and children, partners in business – they speak of hope and death, news and gossip. These letters come to us from an expanding world of slavery and sugar, European colonisation and trade, peace and war: the precursor to our world.

How to book: Eventbrite

Price: Free

Website: bit.ly/lettershistory

Organiser: The National Archives

Lecturer: Dr Amanda Bevan, Head of the Legal Records

Comments: This talk is part of the Summer Lecture Series exploring the theme 'State and Society: Cultures of Communication', which is generously sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.

Region: London

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