The Story of Dido Belle

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Julie Miller

Dido Belle was a young black woman, born to a British Naval Officer and a slave woman but brought up in an aristocratic family. She  was privileged but not equal, loved but not legally free. She occupied an extraordinary position in the home of the Lord Chief Justice Mansfield as his adopted niece, at a time when he was giving judgement in the notorious case of the Zong slave massacre. I will be looking at her life story, her portrait and what her life tells us about attitudes to black people in Britain in the 18th Century.