Over the many centuries of transatlantic slavery, millions of African people were kidnapped, sold and transported across the Atlantic. They were enslaved and forced to work in dreadful conditions, on hugely profitable plantations. Britain, and other counties, grew wealthy on this trade in people and the goods they were forced to produce. Enslaved peoples formed communities and many resisted, in a huge number of ways. The legacies of these histories are all around us.
This website aims to support those teaching and learning about Transatlantic Slavery and its legacies using museum and heritage collections.
Some material on this site therefore contains graphic and potentially disturbing images and objects. There are also titles specific to the historical period for some images and artefacts.
Scene on the coast of Africa
Caution historical and culturally sensitive image