Parliament and the British Slave Trade: Reflections and anecdotes

Discover reactions from visitors to the slave trade exhibition in Parliament in 2007, find out how people traced their ancestors in slave trade petitions, view quilt squares created by the public, and read poems and letters written by schoolchildren inspired by the exhibition.

Public reaction

The public’s responses to Parliament’s exhibition which was held within Westminster Hall

Family history research

Visitors trace their ancestors on the Manchester slave trade petitions


Discover what a Lord, a writer, a historian and an archivist think about the slavery related items in the Parliamentary collections.

Letters by students of Burntwood School

Letters and statements students would have sent to the Prime Minister of the time, to Olaudah Equiano and other key figures

Related information

Access details of millions of records from both Houses and other historical material relating to Parliament.