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Poetry Against Slavery

Guided tours at the Museum of London Docklands

During October and November Stuart Hall PhD Scholar Matt Martin will be leading POETRY AGAINST SLAVERY, a recurring, one-hour guided tour at the Museum of London Docklands. 

The museum's London, Sugar & Slavery gallery is a unique resource for exploring London’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and for understanding the trade’s present-day legacies. As part of the museum’s Black History Month programme in October, and during the nationwide Being Human Festival in November, Martin will be leading groups through the gallery, exploring how poetry has galvanised resistance against the oppression of African, Caribbean and Black British people.

From Africa’s rich heritage, through preservation of cultural legacies during slavery, to recent political activism, participants will encounter and discuss poems that give voice to objects and images in the museum. They will discover how African cultural origins have influenced language and poetry in the Caribbean, how poems inspired anti-slavery action in the Caribbean and the UK, and how later poets have drawn upon this history to oppose continuing racial injustices. The spoken and written word will emerge as powerful ways to build solidarity among and between communities. No advance reading required – all texts will be provided on the day.

This guided tour takes place at 12pm and 3pm on 
Thu 4 October (National Poetry Day)
Sun 14 October 
Sun 21 October 
Thu 25 October
Sun 18 November
Thu 22 November 
Sat 24 November 

Venue: Museum of London Docklands, No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL. 

The tour and museum entry are both free. All welcome, no need to book.

Museum of London Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse
West India Quay
London E14 4AL
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