The British Slave Trade

Exhibition Design and Content Development

This temporary exhibition told the story of the UK Parliament’s abolition of the slave trade, and was held in Westminster Hall, the site of many of the notorious court cases concerning the slave trade – in 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 voice of Wilberforce as well as those of the anti-abolitionists.

Anti-Slavery International contributed material to bring the story up-to-date.