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Bicentenary of Abolition of Slavery

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Bicentenary of Abolition of Slavery

For the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade act, the Arts Council England commissioned original work and launched a competition to discover new poetry on the topic of enslavement. Eleven different poets were welcomed to commemorate the important date of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act with original verse. A twelfth poem will be discovered through a national contest on the Arts Council website.

The transcribed abolition petitions will beon www.parliament.uk/slavetrade, a great website about Parliament's complex association with the British Slave Trade.

Historical document

To mark the bicentary of the 1807 Act to Abolish the British Slave Trade, the Parliamentary Archives have allowed a transcribed version of the greatest lasting parliamentary anti-slave trade petition to become accessible as a document over five-metres long - which was sent from Manchester in the early nineteenth century.

In just four weeks the documents on the site have been accessed nearly 24,000 times. The Manchester anti-slave trade document holds over 2000 names and was copied by volunteers from the Manchester and Lancashire History Society.

We have been stunned by the response from members of the public to these documents, according to David Prior of the Parliamentary Archives. It indicates that there is a real interest in archival documents and by using original technology we can make them very accessible to thousands of people, all over the world.

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