Between 1790 and 1805 sugar imports to Glasgow rose threefold, and cotton imports quadrupled whilst tobacco imports fell to a tenth of what they had been in 1790. This tour will introduce objects from the collection which illuminate Glasgow's part in slavery between Africa, America and the Caribbean during the 1700s. Ms Blake said: "Slavery is not in the past because even today people are benefitting from it. By Brian Ferguson Friday, 22nd January 2021, 3:50 pm However, complete abolition of slavery did not come until 1833. Many objects and documents in Glasgow Museums’ collection, the City Archives and Special Collections testify in one way or another to this grim part of our collective heritage. OPEN NOW! Visit us. This brutal history is one that the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) is campaigning to have included in the Scottish Curriculum and memorialised in a museum of Empire, Slavery and Colonialism. Glasgow’s – and Scotland’s – associations with the slave trade began in haste following the 1707 Act of Union, which saw Scotland and England unite to form Great Britain. The University of Glasgow is a registered Scottish charity: Registration Number SC004401. Glasgow is celebrated for its art, academia and song, its multiculturalism and its warmth but scrape that surface and you'll find a different story lurking beneath. From tales of the notorious inmates at the infamous Duke Street Prison to Glasgow's foundations as a city built on the back of slavery, walk in the footsteps of Glasgow's dark side. After escaping slavery in 1838 by going to New York, he became a brilliant orator and tireless freedom fighter alongside members of his family. After escaping slavery in 1838 by going to New York, he became a brilliant orator and tireless freedom fighter alongside members of his family. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here, Every Scottish street linked to slave-trade revealed - find your address. The proximity of tobacco merchants Andrew Buchanan and Richard Oswald's graves to the Cathedral - one directly outside the entrance, the other in the nave - show exactly how much clout they held in the city. It is a tale of people, considered to be only partially human, stolen from their lands and trafficked across the seas to labour camps, the profits of which were used to build the Glasgow we know today. In his role as curator, legacies of slavery and empire, Miles Greenwood will work with colleagues to create new displays demonstrating how enslaved labour is “woven into the city’s physical environment and material culture”. This article was written in October 2019 during Black History Month. Discover the lively, cosmopolitan city at your own pace; listen to recorded commentary and hop off at several strategically placed stops to explore Glasgow. Throughout October they held a Sunday walking tour around Glasgow's city centre and its mercantile past, examining its sinister entanglement with the Transatlantic slave trade. You can make a complaint by using the ‘report this post’ link . Built by industry and its working class, the city has always been infamous for its drugs and gangs. The World Slavery Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden in support of their fifth album, Powerslave, beginning in Warsaw, Poland on 9 August 1984 and ending in Irvine, California on 5 July 1985. In 2007, Glasgow Built Preservation Trust (GBPT), in partnership with Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance, developed an exhibition linking Glasgow’s built heritage with the slave trade. Scots were so well regarded for their cruelty they were in high demand to run plantations where the average survival rate for enslaved people was three to five years, they were worked so hard. Contact us Are you sure you want to delete this comment? After the publication of his 1845 autobiography, ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave’, he lived in Edinburgh in 1846-7 while he made a speaking tour … media caption Many streets in Glasgow city centre are named after slave-owning plantation owners. We offer a daily City Centre and Street Art tours. We also offer private walking tours. Glasgow Life, which manages 11 museum sites, has appointed a curator to focus on the city’s links to the slave trade. The main thoroughfares built by merchants so they could have comfortable passage from their palatial homes to the counting rooms that totted up their wealth, the parks built as play areas for their wives and children and the commercial buildings rising from the piles of bodies of enslaved Africans are all a legacy of Glasgow, and Scotland's, heavy involvement in the slave trade. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. No-one says ‘Slave Merchant City’, or ‘Slave produce Merchant City’ so it is important to keep in mind what a ‘Merchant City’ actually was. Head of Museums and Collections The evil of slavery has been stitched into the very fabric of Glasgow for almost 200 years: Buchanan Street, Glassford Street and Ingram Street are named after some of … It aims to showcase the collections held by Glasgow City Archives and Special Collections which relate to black history in general and slavery in particular.