18 June 2020

Late lunch talk: The inhabitants of the Georgian House

The Georgian House was owned by John Pinney.

Pinney was the owner of many sugar plantations in the Caribbean and of hundreds of enslaved people. This free talk will reveal the lives of the house’s inhabitants – the Pinney family and the Bristol servants.

Each room in the Georgian House Museum explores the stories of the people who lived there in the 1790s. Through this talk, you’ll learn about Fanny Coker, a freed woman and Lady’s Maid of Jane Pinney.

We’ll also discuss Pero Jones, enslaved valet to John Pinney who lived alongside the family from the age of 12. A bridge that spans St Augustine’s Reach in the heart of Bristol Harbour now bears his name, in memory of just one of the many whose lives were devastated by slavery.

Speaker: Linda Gordon, senior curator of the historic houses

Linda has been working with Bristol Culture for 5 years and across the museum sector for 10 years. As a member of the Social History Curators group her passion is to tell the stores of people and society, using real people’s histories to learn from the past.

How to take part

This free, online workshop will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 18 June.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

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