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Unlocking the Secrets of Slavery and Abolition in Uxbridge

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Join us for a series of special activities to unlock the well-kept secrets of British slavery and abolition in Uxbridge, as part of the nationwide Being Human: Festival of the Humanities.

A unique theatrical performance,  Breaking the Silence is a chance to learn about the African slaves who once lived in Uxbridge and discover the stories of struggle and survival of enslaved men and women in the British Caribbean in their own words. As with all events in the festival, tickets are free but reservation is recommended!

The performance responds to one of several guided walking tours - Walking Free-  that reveal the hidden connection between Uxbridge and British slavery and abolition. Visit a former residence of leading British abolitionist, William Wilberforce, and the grave of former African slave, Toby Pleasant.  

You can also explore an exhibition about the British and Foreign School Society (BFFS), uncovering the key role the society played in training Britain's first black professional teachers and in educating enslaved children in the British Caribbean during and after slavery. In this exhibition, you'll even see the original "Slave Book" produced by enslaved children in nineteenth-century Jamaica and discover the society's direct connection with Brunel University London

The special exhibition on the role of the BFFS  has been curated by Mandy Mordue and Phaedra Casey from Brunel University London Archives, in partnership with Dr Inge Dornan, and with assistance from Dr Alison Carrol. The exhibition is open to all, on display in Brunel University London's Eastern Gateway's Atrium, UB8 3PH, until the end of November.

Location: St John The Baptist Church
Royal Lane