‘London Sugar & Slavery’

‘London Sugar & Slavery’


Written by: Miranda Wilson

A new book documenting London’s part in the transatlantic slave trade has been published as part of a permanent exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands.

‘London Sugar & Slavery’ tells the story of how the capital was once the fourth largest slaving port in the world. Using personal accounts, documents and photographs it details the campaign to abolish slavery and the legacy of the trade.

The book documents the role of black people, like Robert Wedderburn, who helped bring about change. Wedderburn was the son of an enslaved African woman and a plantation owner. He arrived in London in 1778 and settled among the African community, as a Methodist preacher he used the pulpit to inform his congregation about the horrors of slavery.

The book also includes a section exploring more recent British history. ‘A central aim of the gallery was to relate pre-20th century history to the contemporary twenty-first century social, economic and cultural concerns – we attempt to address this in part two of the publication,’ says Colin Prescod, editor of ‘London Sugar & Slavery’.

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London Sugar & Slavery exhibition at the Museum of London in the Docklands

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

0 thoughts on “‘London Sugar & Slavery’

  1. It is not Ethnic cleansing just because they have to abide by planning rules the same as rest of the UK ,and the same law applies in Ireland which when it was introduced was not labelled ethic Cleansing!!this is just exaggerated nonsense and the Romany Gypsies are not the most marginilised or hard up or hard done by the whole thing is ridiculous and the general public will not swallow this latest con .

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