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Pictures of the past: Book explores 'unseen Caribbean'

TIMES GONE BY: A scene from Bay Street in the Bahamas' capital city of Nassau during the 1890s (pic: Jacob Coonley)

A COLLECTION of photographs about the complex social and historical lives of 19th Century Caribbean people will be launched at a seminar on April 16 during London Book Week.

Heritage expert Patrick Vernon OBE and publisher Ian Randle will discuss Caribbean in Sepia: A History in Photographs 1840-1900 in detail at the University of London.

As well as being a photographic journey into the economic history of the region, the book, written by Michael Ayre, also analyses the impact of slavery on the Caribbean way of life.

It explores how the inhumane practice helped fuel the sugar trade.

The book includes approximately 500 unpublished images drawn from 42 institutions from North America, Europe and the Caribbean.

Vernon, steering group member for The National Archives’ Caribbean Through A Lens project, described the book as "a tribute to the dynamic and very distinctive Caribbean way of life."

The free seminar is open to the public and takes place between 6pm and 7.30pm on April 16, 2013, in Room 349, Senate House, University of London.
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