Underwriting Souls is an interactive archive and set of online exhibitions that examine the role of insurance in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The materials are drawn from the collection of Lloyd’s the Insurance Market. These collections at Lloyd’s, likely the only of their kind in the world, shed light on the wider economy of slavery, its importance to British society and the British Empire. This project explores and presents these materials within that wider context.

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Gboyega Odubanjo

Tribute to Gboyega Odubanjo

This dedication is a tribute to Gboyega Odubanjo, editor of the volume Uprising and Resistance and a brilliantly talented poet. We at Underwriting Souls would strongly encourage those who can to make a contribution to the fundraiser setup in his name by his family to create a foundation in his memory to support low income […]

Digitized Collection

Documents and objects in the of Lloyd’s of London archive pertaining to the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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Risk Books

Look at the digitized pages of two risk books and explore the robust data that has been collected on them.

Examine the Risk Books

Nine online exhibitions present original research using the materials in this collection.

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Funding for Underwriting Souls was generously provided by the Mellon Foundation and Johns Hopkins University.

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