A Bittersweet Heritage: Slavery, Architecture and the British Landscape by Victoria Perry

A Bittersweet Heritage RGB

Jeremy Musson finds that a new book on architecture and slavery is informative, but wonders where it leaves the debate about how to manage the built heritage that is its legacy

A Bittersweet Heritage by Victoria Perry is an account of some of the wealth which poured into the British landed estates from the West Indies, directly as a result of Britain’s Caribbean slave-based economy - principally sugar cultivation, but also from the slave trade itself.

Few people with a serious interest in heritage and historic architecture – and the artistic and cultural significance of the country house – will not be aware of this difficult history today, but Dr Perry’s carefully researched and highly readable narrative, provides a thorough and insightful investigation of a number of inter-related themes for anyone wishing to understand these relationships better.

This is premium content. 

Only logged in subscribers have access to it.

Login or SUBSCRIBE to view this story

Gated access promo

Existing subscriber? LOGIN

A subscription to Building Design will provide:

  • Unlimited architecture news from around the UK
  • Reviews of the latest buildings from all corners of the world
  • Full access to all our online archives
  • PLUS you will receive a digital copy of WA100 worth over £45.

Subscribe now for unlimited access.

Alternatively REGISTER for free access on selected stories and sign up for email alerts