The Year of the Sea

To celebrate and discover the Year of the Sea at Heriot-Watt University, the Museum and Archive opens its doors to display a new exhibition: Edinburgh and Emancipation on 19th May.

The Year of the Sea

About The Year of the Sea

As part of an exciting weekend of events to celebrate and discover the Year of the Sea at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus on Saturday 19th May, the Museum and Archive will open its doors to display a new exhibition: Edinburgh and Emancipation. Although the transatlantic slave trade was abolished in 1807, slavery was still legal in the West Indies until 1838. This exhibition will give visitors the chance to discover the history and impact of slavery on Scotland’s economy and Edinburgh’s role in the abolition movement. Using unique archives, the exhibition reveals the vital part played by Sir William Gibson-Craig MP of Riccarton in the crucial vote to abolish slavery in the West Indies.

The Museum and Archive are on the site of Riccarton House, at the heart of the University’s Edinburgh Campus. Our campus events will also feature a talk by Professor Emeritus Sir Geoff Palmer, author of a ground-breaking book on Scotland and slavery, The Enlightenment Abolished: Citizens of Britishness.

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