Dr. Madge Dresser F.R.H.S., R.S.A is Honorary Professor in Historical Studies at the University of Bristol and was awarded Senior Research Fellow status at the University of the West of England after retiring as Associate Professor of History there in 2016. An internationally recognised expert on the impact and legacy of Atlantic slavery in Britain, she has served as academic advisor to the National Archives at Kew, was seconded to advise UNESCO on slavery archives in the Gambia in 2005 and has been awarded teaching and research fellowships at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York and the Clarke Library at UCLA. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and worked closely with Historic England. Between 2005-2007, she led a Heritage Lottery Fund History Project on the history of ethnic minorities in Bristol, and is presently advisor to both the Colonial Countryside Project (University of Leicester/National Trust, HLF and Arts Council) and the British Slave Ownership Project at UCL. Her academic publications centre mainly around the issues around race, immigration ethnicity, gender, religion and memorialisation. A committed public historian and experienced public speaker she has appeared in international, national and local broadcasts and in the print media, and has been a keynote speaker at many conferences. She has hosted public panels and participated in debates on race, hidden histories, feminism and national identity and recently delivered a TedXBristol talk on slavery and statues in the USA and Britain. As a trustee and Bristol coordinator of the national charity human rights charity Journey to Justice, she has led many initiatives using the Arts and History to tell untold stories about social justice campaigners past and present.
Update 2020: Link to various clip’s of Madge’s reactions to the recent BLM protests in Bristol of the removal of the Edward Colston statue —