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Events are happening across Tyneside

Remembering Slavery

A whole host of events and exhibitions are being held across Tyneside in 2007 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade...

Remembering Slavery 2007

2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the parliamentary bid to abolish the slave trade in the British colonies.

To commemorate the bicentenary, museums and galleries across Tyne and Wear are holding a variety of events and exhibitions exploring the theme of slavery. 

Scroll down for details of some of the exhibitions, events and lectures being held throughout 2007.


5 March – 30 June
Human Traffic – Discovery Museum

A temporary exhibition of black and white photographs documents the trafficking of children in Benin and Gabon in West Africa, collated by Anti-Slavery International. 

12 March – 23 June
Remembering Slavery touring exhibition – Discovery Museum

This exhibition focuses on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade – the infamous trade in Africans, largely for plantation labour, in European colonies, the Caribbean and the Americas.  It reveals the lives of the enslaved Africans and the hidden history of the North East people who supported and resisted slavery. 

7 July – 9 September
Remembering Slavery touring exhibition – South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

As above Discovery Museum. The exhibition will also visit Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens later in the year.


24 – 25 March
Family Opening - Fairtrade Weekend – Discovery Museum

A weekend of events at the Discovery Museum to launch the Remembering Slavery programme. There will be African drumming and storytelling workshops for children, samples of fair-trade products to try and a quiz on fair-trade and slavery.

24 March 
African Drumming workshops at Discovery Museum from 1-4pm.
Also Fairtrade products and information stalls from 11am - 4pm.

25 March 
African Storytelling at Discovery Museum from 2-4pm.  
Also Fairtrade products and information stalls from 2-4pm.

17 May
A Performance of "Freedom" at Dance City, Newcastle

Young people and community groups have collaborated with Dance City as part of Tyne and Wear Museums Outreach programme, to devise an exciting performance inspired by music, dance, literature and objects relating to the slave trade legacy.

Lecture Programme

A series of lectures, based on the slavery theme, are taking place at the Lit & Phil on Westgate Road, Newcastle. Dates are as follows:

14 March @ 6.00pm
Professor James Walvin
"How Should We Remember the Slave Trade? : Slavery in British History"

21 March @ 6.00pm
John Charlton
"Slavery and Abolition: The Tyneside Setting"

24 April @ 6.00pm
Diana Paton
"Enslaved Women's Lives Before and After 1807"

2 May @ 6.00pm
Sheree Mack 
"What was the North East's involvement in the trade and abolition of slavery?"

10 May @ 6.00pm
Jan Marsh 
"Art Against the Slave Trade"

17 May @ 5.30pm
Baroness Young
Title tbc

21 May @ 6.00pm
Madge Dresser 
"Set in Stone: Statues and the Commemoration of Slavery in London"

12 September @ 6.00pm
Elizabeth O'Donnell
"'There's Death in the Pot!' Ethical Consumerism and the North East in the Age of Slavery"
21 September @ 6.00pm
Andrew Lambert 
"The End of the Trade: HMS Trincomalee in the West Indies; 1847-1850"

8 October @ 6.00pm
Dr Jane Webster
"The Social World of the Slave Ship"

17 October @ 6.00pm
Professor David Richardson
"Contemporary Slavery in Historical Perspective"

24 October @ 6.00pm
Sean Creighton 
"Slavery and Abolition in Tyne & Wear"

For more information contact the Lit & Phil on 0191 232 0192.

last updated: 08/01/09
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