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Newsletter, June 2007
Abolition of the Slave Trade
With 2007 marking two during the 18th and 19th trade. The Town Trail leaflet is
hundred years since the centuries. However, it is not available free of charge from
Abolition of the Slave Trade common knowledge that Global Link, the Tourist
Act was passed by the British during the 1700s Lancaster Information Centre, Lancaster
Parliament, we take a short was the fourth largest slaving City Museum and the Maritime
look at slavery, Lancaster's port in England and that the Museum. As a continuation of
role in the Transatlantic Slave income generated from the the project we have also
Trade, and the events that are Slave Trade played an produced a 'Podcast' version
planned in our local area to important part in the of the Town Trail - a collection
commemorate the abolition. development of Lancaster and of audio files downloadable
funded many major landmarks from www.globallink.org.uk -
The Transatlantic Slave in the city. Did you know that which guides the listener
Trade the building that is now the around the town trail sites.
Slavery has existed for Maritime Museum used to be On 25th June the March of
thousands of years; in ancient where slave traders paid their the Abolitionists will be
times tribes would capture taxes for the things they passing through Lancaster.
people from enemy tribes and imported? Or that St John's This 470 mile walk, which links
use them to do their work for Church contains a memorial together the three major slave
them. But slavery only started stone to John Lowther, captain ports of London, Bristol and
on a large scale in the 1700s, of a slave ship from Lancaster Liverpool, is a Christian
when the ‘Triangular Trade’ named the "The Johns" who response to the legacy of the
began. This was a three-way died on Thomas Island? Transatlantic Slave Trade. Its
trade between the Americas, focus is reconciliation, and
Africa and Europe. Slave Traders acknowledging and learning
Manufactured goods such as paid their from the past in order to build
guns would be shipped from taxes at the for the future.
Europe to Africa, and traded building that Download the
for African people who were is now the ‘Lancaster Slave Trade
forced to be slaves - they Maritime Town Trail’ Podcast at
would then be sent to the Museum www.globallink.org.uk
Americas on ships. Conditions
on the ships were so bad that
many people died before they Commemorating the Lancaster Maritime Museum
even reached America. In the Abolition and Judges' Lodgings
Americas the slaves were sold To increase historical Museum have also organised
and with the money the traders understanding of the role of a range of events, including
bought tobacco, mahogany, the slave trade in the installations by contemporary
cotton, sugar and rum, which development of Lancaster, artists Lubaina Himid and Sue
they then brought back to Global Link worked with Flowers, as part of their
Europe. Lancaster Maritime Museum 'Abolished?' project. A full
and Dallas Road Community listing of what's on can be
Lancaster and the Slave Primary School to produce the found at
Trade 'Slave Trade Town Trail' - a www.lancashire.gov.uk/
Many people are aware that booklet which guides readers education/museums/
Lancaster was a major port in around sites in the city centre abolished/
the North West of England associated with the slave Modern Day Slavery
Teaching about Slavery & Diary Dates
After the Abolition of the sold like objects, and forced to Even in this country hundreds
Slave Trade Act in 1807, work in terrible conditions for of people are 'trafficked' -
slavery was officially ended in little or no pay. For example in brought here illegally against
Britain in 1833. However, the West Africa children are sold their will and forced to work
cruelty of slavery is not all in to cocoa plantation owners for no pay.
the past. Although it is not and beaten or tied up if they If you wish to find out more
allowed by international law, try to escape. In Asia, families about modern day slavery visit
millions of men, women and are tricked into sending their www.antislavery.org
children are leading the lives children to work in workshops,
of slaves. Although they may where they can work 14 hours
not be called slaves, they are a day every day of the week.
Slavery Education Resources Diary Dates
Teaching Packs, Books, and Videos Trade and Empire:
All of these resources are available for loan free of charge Remembering Slavery
by members of Global Link Exhibition launch at Manchester
University’s Whitworth Art Gallery.
"Slavery", KS3 resource pack by Lancaster Museums. Further info at
Discusses Human Rights, the Transatlantic Slave Trade and www.revealinghistories.org.uk
how freedom from slavery was achieved. Focuses on Lancas-
ter's role in the slave trade. 18 - 24 June
Refugee week — a UK-wide
"The Amazing Adventures of Equiano", by Jean Jacques programme of arts, cultural and
Vaysieres. educational events that celebrate
A biography of the life of Equiano who was born in West Af- the contribution of refugees to the
rica, but taken to America as a slave and freed 10 years later. UK. Details of what’s on at
"The Changing Face of Slavery", video teaching pack by
Anti Slavery Internantional. 25 June
Covers the history of Transatlantic slavery, Child Slavery, and March of the Abolitionists
Contemporary Slavery. passes through Lancaster
"Whose Side Are You On?", by Alan Gibbons. for a listing of all the locations the
An adventure story about moral courage. A boy journeys march is passing through
through a painting to a slave trade plantation during the time of
the transatlantic slave trade. He returns willing to challenge 29 - 30 June
contemporary racism. BLACK GOLD screening and
Web Resources Film screening at the Duke’s
www.nmm.ac.uk/freedom - KS3 History resource. Contains
overview of Transatlantic Slave Trade, a chance to contribute 14 July
to a virtual museum, and teaching activities with links to QCA Lancaster Museums
units ‘Abolished?’ Launch
Full details of all exhibitions and
www.learningcurve.gov.uk - Gives the background of the installations are online at
Transatlantic Slave Trade, the role of racism and its legacy. Fo- lancashire.gov.uk/education/
cus on the British abolition movement and what happened after museums/abolished
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/slavery - Includes Global Citizenship Foundation
contemporary accounts and individual slaves' stories and mate- Stage training session
rial for teachers See back page for more info. 2
Global Link News
Forum Theatre: Be Safe, Enjoy and Achieve!
Global Link has developed three ‘Forum Theatre’ plays that deal with the issues of climate change
and social discrimination. The plays have been touring Cumbria and because of their impact and
high demand, Global Link is seeking funding to bring them to other parts of the North West.
The plays initially have a sad ending, but, using the Forum Theatre
technique, the plays are performed twice, with the pupils invited to
"rehearse for reality" by replacing the protagonist and showing the
audience what they think they should have done. In this way the pupils
change the outcome of the play and reflect on their own attitudes and
behaviour in the process.
Pupils find the learning experience engaging and constructive, with teachers stating that they
found the plays an invaluable educational resource that fulfils the Every Child Matters strategy,
and the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.
We have three plays, suited to KS3 and KS4:
• Sam gets a letter - explores what pupils can do about climate change
• Ally comes to Cumbria - the story of a black girl who moves to an all-white school where she
is subjected to racist bullying
• Just passing - about social discrimination against Gypsies and asylum seekers
If you are interested in our forum theatre plays for your school, contact Sara Nobili -
The Climate Change Game
As part of our climate change project, we have developed a room sized board game to help
young people understand climate change.
The board is made up of different materials, with oversized props used to bring the game to life.
Players travel around the board in groups answering questions and making decisions on energy,
food, waste and transport.
The game is an ideal way to discuss issues relating to climate
change and gives young people the chance to choose what they
would do, and empower them to want to change their lifestyles.
It helps us to understand how the choices we make now will
impact on the future. It is also a great way to introduce team
working and debating skills. It is suitable for schools and
The game will be available to hirers of our ‘Trucking with Climate Change’ exhibition from Autumn
Funding available to hire Trucking with Climate Change
Organisations in Lancashire are eligible to apply for a Green Partnerships Award (GPA) to
cover the hire fee of Trucking with Climate Change, together with any follow-up work you may
wish to do. Grants are in the region of £500 and can be submitted at any time.
GPA assists groups (including schools) and individuals who want to carry out projects to improve
their local environment. This includes projects that develop awareness and educate on
environmental issues, such as training courses, production of material and events.
If you would like further information or want to get an application form please contact Lancashire
County Council Projects and Programmes Team:
Tel. 01772 530650, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Link Events and Membership
BLACK GOLD screening and Global Link Membership
panel discussion. Duke’s Support the work of Global Link by
Playhouse, 29th & 30th June becoming a member, or by
Co-hosted by the Dukes Playhouse and J. Atkinson & Co. encouraging an organisation to join.
of Lancaster, this compelling documentary follows Anyone from a member organisation
Tadesse Meskela, a man on a mission to save his 74,000 is entitled to enrol as an associate
coffee farmers from bankruptcy. Against the backdrop of member without further payment.
his journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of Having joined, you have free use of
the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee the resources library.
trade becomes apparent.
Please return completed form to:
Simon Wakefield, London based coffee exporter, will join Ruth Self, Global Link, 24a New St,
Atkinson’s Ian Steel and Leon Gurevitch of the Dukes Lancaster LA1 1EG
Playhouse in a panel discussion at 7pm 30th June before
the Saturday screening of Black Gold at 8.45pm. Organisation:
for more info see:
www.blackgoldmovie.com Contact name:
Resource Centre and Membership Postcode
New resources are continually being added to Global
Link’s library, so why not call in and have a look when you Tel. Home:
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Foundation Stage Story Boxes Date / /
If you would like to find out more about our story boxes, Please make cheques payable to
how to use them and how they can support Global Citizen- “Global Link”.
ship in the Foundation Stage, we are running a training
session for anyone working with 3-5 year olds *Annual rates per year to end
Venue: Apple Tree Nursery School and Children’s Centre Sept:
Date: Monday 16th July, 4-6pm • £50 college, university or large
Price: £10 organisation
• £35 secondary school
• £25 primary school/small org.
• £15 vol org or individual
• £7 unwaged/low income
To book contact Ruth at Global Link on 01524 36201 or
• £3 junior (16 and under)
Boxes will be available for members to borrow. If you are
not already a member you can join on the evening.