The British Slave Trade: Abolition, Parliament and People

This temporary exhibition was created to tell the story of the UK parliament’s abolition of the slave trade, and was held in the original parliament St Stephen’s Hall in the Palace of Westminster between June and September 2007.


At the heart of the exhibition was a recreation of the House of Commons where the original debates were bought to life in powerful and unexpected ways. Like MPs, visitors sat on benches and listened to a dramatised version of past events, hearing the brave voice of Wilberforce as well as those of the anti-abolitionists. Schools used the area to hold debates.


The Slavery Society contributed material that brought

the story up-to-date.

Service: Exhibition Design

Client: UK Parliament

Cost: £150,000

Realisation: 2007

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