|How to commemorate abolition of the slave trade|
|Tuesday, 14 June 2005 04:46|
Yesterday I had a question on the Order Paper to ask the Secretary of State for Culture what plans the Government has to commemorate the 200th anniversary in 2007 of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. My question was too far down the paper, so we didn’t get to it, but the Minister responded in writing afterwards to say that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are liaising with the Home Office to decide how best to mark the occasion. The DCMS will meet the £250,000 per year running costs of the new Slavery Gallery in Liverpool, due to open in 2007.
and galleries and heritage sites are planning to mark the anniversary with
special exhibitions and educational programmes, and I am looking forward to
hearing more about these plans. British anti-slavery was one of the most
important reform movements of the 19th century. It was the Society for the
Abolition of the Slave Trade, organised in May 1787, which set the movement on
its modern course, evolving a structure and organisation that made it possible
to mobilise thousands of Britons.
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