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Docklands exhibition looks into dark period in British history

Published: Monday 17th of November 2008

A new exhibition is underway at the Museum of London Docklands exposing the very real connection between the capital and the slave trade in the 19th century.

Slavers of Harley Street looks at the involvement in slavery of the capital's middle-classes, following extensive research by some of the top experts in this field.

The exhibitions draws on the compensation paid to a number of wealthy individuals who lost out as the trade in slaves was abolished under the terms of the Emancipation Act.

Perhaps the most poignant part of the exhibition is that while millions of pounds were paid out in funds to the slave-owners, the slaves themselves received absolutely nothing.

Museum of London Docklands is situated on Canary Wharf and is the only Grade One listed building in the area – a beautiful converted Georgian warehouse.

LondonPass holders can enjoy free admission to the Museum of London Docklands, saving £5 for adults.

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