Gallery and Trail to Expose History of Slave Trade

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Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK

THE capital is to get two permanent memorials to the slave trade.

A gallery exploring London's role within the trade will be opened at the Museumin Docklands and the route of a heritage trail is being drawn up to link keysites.

Both will be launched on 10 Novemberthe bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade by Parliament.

Developed with [pounds sterling]506,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition will beLondon's first permanent gallery on the subject.

"We are exposing London's role in the slave trade," said co-curator TomWareham. "People tend to think of Liverpool and Bristol as the main slave portsbut London was much bigger than Bristol. It was the fourth biggest slave portin the world.

"The city's involvement was important not just to its development as acommercial and financial centre but also to Britain's industrial revolution.

"All the profits from the plantations filtered out into organisations likebanks and insurance companies, so many people were living off the proceeds ofslavery.

"It's all of our history in London but a history people don't know about." Theexhibition starts with a focus on London's African community before thetransatlantic slave trade began and ends with a reflection on the industry'slegacy, which survives today. …