Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Abolition of the Slave Trade

On Saturday 24th March Sheffield Archives and Local Studies and Sheffield Hallam University will be running a workshop on the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-2007. The workshop explores Sheffield's connection with abolition including the visit to Sheffield by Olaudah Equiano, the black anti-slavery campaigner in 1790.

The bicentenary has given rise to a great deal of debate and controversy. Although it is right to celebrate the achievement of campaigners such as Wilberforce we must not overlook the contribution of black campaigners. Nor can we ignore Britain's responsibility for setting up the slave trade and the profits that this country made from it.

The workshop will explore the complex dynamics of the abolitionist movement from a local perspective and Sheffield Archives holds many documents that shed light on this issue.

The workshop runs from 1pm - 4pm room 942, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University. For more information contact Alison Twells 225 3587 A.Twells@shu.ac.uk or Pete Evans 203 9397 pete.evans@sheffield.gov.uk

To book a place send your name and telephone number to archives@sheffield.gov.uk or telephone 0114 203 9395 or write to Sheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield S1 4SP

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