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TALK followed by refreshments: The Remarkable Life of Thomas Buxton 'The Liberator'

  • Sat 22 Jun 2024
  • Open to all
  • The Forum, Millennium Plain, NR21TF
  • 10:30 am
  • £12.00 non-members / £8.00 members

Another chance to hear Dr Alison Dow bring to life the story of Thomas Buxton and speak to her over refreshments

On the wall in a side-chapel of Norwich Cathedral a modest plaque reads – Remember Thomas Fowell Buxton Bt. Member of Parliament Whose Efforts led to the Emancipation of 700,000 slaves on 1st August 1834.’ These simple words commemorate a towering Norfolk hero whose courage, compassion, bravery and tenacity helped change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

This is another chance to hear Dr Alison Dow bring to life the story behind this plaque and to share some new material. Alison will look at the life of Thomas Buxton and the Norfolk and Norwich community that inspired him and supported him though the brutal, decades-long Parliamentary battle that led finally to the end of slavery throughout the British Empire.

Dr Alison Dow was formerly a GP in Mile Cross, Norwich. She was born and brought up in Northern Rhodesia—now Zambia, the country where David Livingstone died and is still revered because of his strong anti-slavery stance. Alison is not the first in her family to undertake research on Africa-related topics—among her relatives she counts some eminent academics specialising in colonial and African history. She is particularly happy to play her part by researching the life of this local historical figure whose role in history has been much overlooked.

Followed by a soft drink and biscuits and an opportunity to speak with Dr Alison Dow.

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