The slave trade in Devon

The slave trade in Devon - Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

By: RAMM Museum
Added: 19 April 2011

RAMM’s Curator of Ethnography, Tony Eccles, has contributed a chapter to a new book, Cargo: Excavating the Contemporary Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Plymouth and Devon.

Cargo was developed after the 2007 Human Cargo exhibition, held in Plymouth to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. RAMM partnered the exhibition, contributing ethnographic items to the displays using the Designation Challenge Fund to partially fund the exhibition, the education pack and this publication.

Edited by Len Pole and Zoe Shearman, the book explores the slave trade, starting with the perspective of contemporary artists then back through time to the beginning of the 15th century. Artists, curators and writers explore the changing global conditions of trade and migration today and the lasting effect of the Slave Trade in contemporary culture.

Other contributors include artist, Raimi Gbadasmosi, and Ghanaian archaeologist, Dr Kozo Gavua.