Sunday, 17 January 2016

Norfolk's Hidden History

Discover more at this most interesting website

This website is part of an exciting new project managed by the Norwich & Norfolk Racial Equality Council in partnership with Norfolk Records Office and the Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service. To find out more about what we’ve been up to check out the About page.

On 25 March 1807, the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act was passed in the UK, 2007 marks the bicentenary of this important date. You may be surprised to know that Norfolk played an important role in all parts of the Slave Trade. People from Norfolk owned plantations in the West Indies, slave ships left from Norfolk ports and many people from Norfolk fought against slavery and were at the forefront of the abolitionist campaign.

This website displays newly uncovered information about Norfolk’s links to the transatlantic Slave Trade.

The project sought to uncover the little-known stories of Norfolk's connection to slavery and its subsequent abolition. People from Norfolk were involved in slavery in two significant ways.

Firstly, several families owned plantations in places like Jamaica and benefited financially, in fact many of the stately homes around our county were built on the proceeds of slavery. 

But more importantly, many of the leading members of the abolitionist movement were from Norfolk. The likes of Thomas Buxton, Elizabeth Fry and the Norwich Quakers all fought for the abolition of slavery and continued to fight until it was abolished completely.

-  Use the interactive timeline to trace Norfolk’s Hidden Heritage from 1670 to today.
-  Use the database to search for important people, places and dates.
-  And you can listen to the NHH Podcast hosted by Sean Whyte and Richard Maguire!

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