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Sugar and Slavery Gallery opens in London

Museum in Docklands will open the only permanent gallery in London that examines the city’s involvement in transatlantic slavery and its legacy on the capital.
The gallery will reveal an untold history, which joins the dots between ordinary Londoners with a taste for the sweeter things in life, arch-capitalism, despoiled West African civilizations and the thriving multicultural city we enjoy today.

The gallery will challenge what people think they know about the transatlantic slave trade and show how this terrible traffic made the London we know today.
Personal accounts, film, music, interactives and over 140 objects will bring home the complexities and humanity of the issues around the roaring trade in sugar and humans, slave resistance and the abolition campaign, and the legacies of the enduring relationship between London and the Caribbean..

David Spence, Director of the Museum in Docklands said:
“We hope that the gallery will help Londoners from all backgrounds understand their own heritage and identity better.  People may find it uncomfortable, but to grasp this is to begin to understand many facets of society today, including attitudes towards race and the melding of British, African and Caribbean cultures.”

Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations and advisor on the gallery said:  “Over some three centuries, transatlantic slavery and the associated ‘triangle trade’ generated extraordinary profit, amassed unimaginable wealth, and spawned obscenely inhumane brutalities on a massive scale. Museum in Docklands’ bold new gallery demonstrates that these events were pivotal in the history of London’s and Britain’s rise to world dominance, and that they bequeathed a discomfiting legacy in a complex heritage.”

Catherine Hall, Professor of History, University College London and advisor on the gallery said: “‘London, Sugar & Slavery’ has helped me to think about my city – how the fruits of slavery are built into the environment in which we live – and how relationships between people, right into the present, have been shaped by that history. The gallery is a must for all Londoners.”

The public opening of the gallery includes an exciting line up of theatrical storytellers, musical performances, a debate, a remembrance service with Cy Grant and the London premiere of The Three Dumas, a moving film about the grandson of a slave.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £506,500 for the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery

Posted by, Asif Yusuf

 

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