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British Slave Trade

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations have received Government funding for events relating to the 200th anniversary of the Act which abolished the British slave trade; and what events and activities are planned. (77449)

Among other support, my Department is contributing £250,000 per year to the new International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, due to open in 2007. In addition, museums in Hull, Bristol, Liverpool and London will, by 2008, have received £910,000 from my Department and DfES to encourage more informed and effective teaching about slavery as part of the Understanding Slavery Initiative education project, working with schools and communities. Many other museums, galleries, arts organisations, heritage sites, archives and libraries are currently planning their contribution and how best to involve their local communities. There are plans by faith leaders for a commemoration service in Westminster Abbey; and commemorative stamps and coins. The Heritage Lottery Fund has also funded the following community organisations:

Action Force Africa

African Caribbean Emancipation Trust

African Forum

Anti Slavery Arch group, Stroud

Anti Slavery International

Birmingham and District Local History Association

Birmingham City Archives

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (working with The Equiano Society)

Bristol City Council—Bristol Museums and Art Gallery

Diversity Arts Incubation programme

Durham University

Global Education Milton Keynes

Harewood House Trust

High Street Ltd.

Hull Museums and Art Gallery

Kender Primary School

Kingston upon Hull City Council (City Arts)

Lyric Theatre Hammersmith Ltd.

Merton Black Educational Forum

Milton Keynes Council

National Maritime Museum

National Museums Liverpool

Open Doors Forum

Rendezvous of Victory

St. Pauls Church, Mill Hill


Stroud Brunei Group

Trafford Youth Service

Watford African Caribbean Association

Windrush Foundation

Women in Jazz