Friday, March 16, 2007

National Archives: Abolition of the Slave Trade

This online exhibition has been created by the National Archives to serve as an informative resource for the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. The Act was passed on 25 March 1807, 26 years before the Emancipation Act (1833) which led to the gradual abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire.
The exhibition draws together a range of historical documents and information describing Britain's involvement in slavery and the slave trade, and finally its eventual abolition. This is linked to the extensive records held within The National Archives, including:
  • Slave registers containing personal details of enslaved persons
  • Colonial Office records describing how slavery shaped the history of Britain´s former colonies
  • Records of British African companies describing Britain's early relationships with Africa and the supplying of Africans to the Americas
  • Britain's naval and diplomatic records relating to the suppression of the slave trade

The site contains links to significant collections and other online resources available from The National Archives. 6 new research guides have been produced in collaboration with key experts and interested community leaders. These introduce new researchers to the material on slavery held in The National Archives (as well as other archives) and how they can locate and research it.

Access: Free