The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire


The gallery is about the movement of people, goods and ideas across and around the Atlantic Ocean from the 17th century to the 19th century. The connections created by these movements changed the lives of people on three continents, profoundly affecting their cultures and societies and shaping the world we live in today.

Explore the connections between three cultures, spanning three centuries of exploration, trade, war, enslavement and resistance. Explore items from  transatlantic slave trade including a rare and detailed daily logbook from the slave schooner Juverna, written by Master Robert Lewis, which includes observations on a classic Triangular Trade slaving expedition from England.

Atlantic Worlds also recounts the stories of some of the people involved in the resistance movement and the campaign for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade – including Toussaint l’Ouverture, Olaudah Equiano and Samuel Sharp whose acts of resistance and rebellion were crucial to the turning of European public opinion against the trade.

 Admission is free. Open 10:00 - 17:00 daily

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