1807 Commemorated engages with the ways in which the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade is commemorated in Britain and the public memories which are shaped by it.

This remembrance is highly significant as it structures and informs notions of personal, family, regional and national identity. Working with our partner museums, these issues are highlighted through this website by studying the manner of representation in the media, museums and commemorative sites, and by offering a forum where these matters can be debated.

Developing through a three-phase structure, 1807 Commemorated creates a framework which can be used to comprehend the public memory of the bicentenary, and the design and implementation of strategies for policy-makers and museum practitioners concerned with the representation of traumatic pasts.

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