Looking back and facing forwards: ten years of the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery

Bennett, Melissa and Warren, Kristy (2019) Looking back and facing forwards: ten years of the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery. Journal of Historical Geography, 63 . pp. 94-99. ISSN 0305-7488

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2018.12.004

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In 2007 Britain commemorated the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. A range of projects, exhibitions and events took place during this historical moment, aiming to deepen public understanding of Britain's connections to the trade in enslaved Africans. Numerous temporary exhibitions took place around the country, and permanent galleries and museums such as the Slavery Museum in Liverpool and the National Maritime Museum's Atlantic Worlds gallery were established. The London, Sugar & Slavery gallery at the Museum of London Docklands opened on 10 November 2007 with the aim of reinterpreting the museum's building and location within the context of London's involvement with slavery and the slave trade.
Just over ten years after the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery was installed, the original Advisory Group and the Museum of London Docklands invited members of the public to join them in reflecting on and gathering responses to the space. With contributions from artists, museum practitioners and emerging researchers, the day explored the significance of London, Sugar & Slavery; the ways that the histories of black people are explored in national museums; and how these museums engage with those of African and Caribbean descent.

Keywords:Museums, Slavery, African diaspora, Commemoration, Collaboration, Curation, London, Artists
Subjects:L Social studies > L725 Historical Geography
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P131 Museum studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V321 Local History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:49031
Deposited On:04 May 2022 13:38

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