Elisabeth Grass, ‘Oxford, Palmyra and the West Indies’
[This study was drawn in part from research conducted in the records of St. Johns College, Oxford.]
Elisabeth Grass is a DPhil student in the History Faculty, University of Oxford, and holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Trust. Through the prism of the country estate, her research focuses on the socio-cultural activities of West Indian slaveholders in Britain in the eighteenth century. It offers perspectives on wealth derived from enslaved labour and its legacy in our built environment. Elisabeth works closely with the Colonial Countryside initiative and has given presentations and training to staff and volunteers in the heritage sector. A rare book specialist by profession, she is particularly interested in the colonial dimensions of collecting, and in the country house library as a repository of imperial knowledge.
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