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Heritage in focus at the International Slavery Museum

Short talks by well-known experts on the history of slavery in Britain including Dr Ray Costello, Dr Raphael Hörmann and Laurence Westgaph. The event will take place in the only national museum in the world to cover the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies as well as contemporary forms of slavery and enslavement.

In his talk, ‘Perceptions of women in the abolitionist movement', historian and author Dr Ray Costello will focus on the female abolitionists who fought to end slavery, and how they were perceived and treated.

Dr Raphael Hörmann, Marie Curie Fellow, Institute for Black Atlantic Research, UCLAN will present ‘Dis-Remembering Robert Wedderburn (1762-1835/36?)', illustrating how this Black Atlantic, radical abolitionist and working-class agitator has been widely marginalised or de-radicalised in narratives of British Abolitionism.

Historian and activist Laurence Westgaph, who has appeared in TV and radio programmes about slavery, will present ‘The architecture of slavery', looking at how wealth from the slave trade helped develop and preserve Liverpool's built environment.

In the 18th century, Liverpool ships were involved in forcibly transporting as many as
1.5 million enslaved Africans across the Atlantic. In 1999 Liverpool City Council passed a formal motion apologising for the city's role in the transatlantic slave trade and the enslavement of Africans.

Presented in partnership with the International Slavery Museum.

This Festival of Freedoms event aligns with the Abolition of the slave trade banner from ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome' exhibition in Westminster Hall.


This event is free of charge, but please book your place.
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