Black Ivory: Britain’s Part in the Slave Trade


For hundreds of years Britain played a key part in the slave trade, carrying native Africans across the Atlantic, and then exploiting their forced labour on plantations. Hardly any aspect of English life was unaffected by the fact of slavery, from the rich man using his wealth to build a grand house on his newly purchased estate, to the common people who could not get enough sugar for their drink! The campaign to abolish slavery had to begin by showing the English people that the trade was wrong. Gradually Parliament made changes to the law, but for a century the fight lasted. Wilberforce is the name most associated with the struggle but there were many others. This talk celebrates the unknown people who together changed history - for good!