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Aurel Stein and the Silk Road
Making Freedom
Rediscovering African Geographies
Seeing China
The Punjab Moving Journeys
Bombay Africans 1850 to 1910
With Scott to the Pole
From Kabul to Kandahar: 1833 - 1933
The Changing Face of the Earth
The Creative Compass
Hidden Histories of Exploration
Fashioning Diaspora Space: Moving Patterns
Cryptosphere
The legacy of the Silk Road
Trailfinders staff photography exhibition

Making freedom: Emancipation-Caribbean-Britain


Windrush Foundation presented a story featuring riots, rebellions and revolutions in a exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Making Freedom took guests on a journey up to and beyond 1838, when nearly one million Africans were freed from enslavement in the Caribbean.

This is the first time that important collections from Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the National Maritime Museums, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Archives, Anti-Slavery International and the Imperial War Museum were brought together in an exhibition.

The exhibition celebrated those who resisted enslavement, those who fought to end it, and others who worked in Britain to improve social, economic and cultural conditions in the Caribbean.

Visitors learned about the unrest – such as Jamaica’s 1931 ‘Christmas Rebellion’ - that ultimately led to emancipation, as well as the struggles for independence that ensued.

The exhibition featured more than 80 images from the Society’s Collections and included a number of audio-visual experiences for visitors to delve deeper into individual stories.

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