Commissioning, production, content and audience reception of bicentenary events commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in the UK, 1807-2007

Project start date: 2007-04 Project end date: 2009-08
The central aim of the 1807 Commemorated project was to both map and analyse the responses of museums and their audiences to the 2007 bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade act of 1807.
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Methods usedCategory
Record linkagesData structuring and enhancement
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Software tools used: 
  • Adobe Acrobat
Source material used:  
Audio files of interviews with museum staff, policy makers, politicians, community activists and visitors to museums. Not yet archived. Archiving will be done once publication of research results is complete.
Digital resource created:  
Website containing resources for museum professionals with practical suggestions for developing exhibitions including community negotiation, considering visitor responses and assessing curatorial roles. There is also a discussion forum.
Access to digital resource:  
Restricted Access
Publications:  
Cubitt, Geoffrey. 2009. Bringing it Home: Making Local Meaning in 2007 Bicentenary Exhibitions. Slavery and Abolition 30(2):259-275.

Cubitt, Geoffrey, Laurajane Smith, Kalliopi Fouseki, Ross Wilson. Editors. In preparation, 2011. Representing Enslavement and Abolition in Museums. New York: Routledge.

Smith, Laurajane. 2009. Deference and humility - the social values of the Country House. In L. Gibson and J.R. Pendlebury (eds) Valuing Historic Environments, Ashgate.

Smith, Laurajane. In press, 2010. The ‘Doing’ of Heritage: Heritage as performance. In Performing Heritage: Research, practice and development in museum theatre and live interpretation, edited by Anthony Jackson and Jenny Kidd. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Waterton, Emma and Ross Wilson. 2009. Talking the talk: responses to the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in government documents, media responses and public forums. Discourse and Society 20(2):381-399.

Waterton, Emma, Laurajane Smith, Ross Wilson and Kalliopi Fouseki. 2010. ‘Forgetting to Heal: remembering the abolition act of 1807’, The European Journal of English Studies 14(1):23-36.

Wilson, Ross. 2008. The BBC Abolition Season and the media memory of the transatlantic slave trade, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 28(3);391-403.

The following have been submitted to Museum and Society:

Cubitt, Geoffrey. Lines of Resistance: Evoking and Configuring the Theme of Resistance in Museum Displays around the Bicentenary of 1807.
Kalliopi Fouseki. Community voices, curatorial choices: community consultation for the 1807 exhibitions

Laurajane Smith. ‘Man’s inhumanity to man’ and other platitudes of avoidance and misrecognition: understanding museum visitors’ responses to exhibitions marking the British 1807 bicentenary.

Emma Waterton. Blame, Multiculturalism and the Trope of Moving.

Ross Wilson, Rethinking 1807: Museums, Knowledge and Expertise

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of York
Other institutions involved:
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Bristol Empire and Commonwealth Museum
British Museum
International Slavery Museum Liverpool
Museum in Docklands
National Maritime Museum
Wilberforce House Hull.

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr Laurajane Smith, Dr Geoffrey Cubitt
Other staff:Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
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Author(s) of recordLaurajane Smith
TitleCommissioning, production, content and audience reception of bicentenary events commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in the UK, 1807-2007
Record created2010-07-16
Record updated2010-07-16 16:49
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3557
Citation of recordLaurajane Smith: Commissioning, production, content and audience reception of bicentenary events commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in the UK, 1807-2007. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3557> created: 2010-07-16, last updated 2010-07-16 16:49
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