What we did
Professor Krikler has been studying slave trade history for many years. In a 2007 article he explored the pivotal role played by Lord Mansfield, the Chief Justice, who ensured no legal precedents were set in the wake of the Zong massacre that would disrupt England’s slave trade.
A later article in 2012 showed how the fate of the Zong slaves was the logical end-product of a terrible process of dehumanisation and desensitisation.
Professor Krikler realised the dramatic potential of his research and the need to find a creative way for wider audiences to engage with its issues. A Peril of the Sea emerged from his desire to show the ethical conflicts and human trauma of the Zong story.
After the play was staged, Professor Krikler worked with educationalists and his work was adapted as a resource for schools and for teacher training.
A filmed scene from the play and exercises help students talk through issues. For example, pupils match excerpts from the play with related facts and quotes from primary sources.