‘The sugar in our tea’: new exhibition on Scotland, slavery and abolition

University of Glasgow Library

A new exhibition exploring Scottish connections with the transatlantic slave trade, plantation slavery and abolition, is now open to view in Am Fosglan (Level 2 of the Library).  The exhibition is curated by students from Professor Simon Newman’s History Special Subject course ‘The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Development of Plantation Slavery’. The students identified interesting original documents in Special Collections, researched them, selected a number for photography then wrote informative captions to accompany them. The exhibition shows how fresh aspects of this story can be uncovered using original materials.

Glasgow’s history is inextricably intertwined with the transatlantic slave trade. In the words of the exhibition’s twelve student curators:

Glasgow … took full advantage of the opportunities afforded by trade in the goods produced by slaves. Vast quantities of New World tobacco and sugar arrived in the city and its outlying ports Port Glasgow and Greenock. The Atlantic…

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