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Abolition of the Slave Trade 1807

HHA Commemorates the Bicentenary

2007 marked the bicentenary of the landmark Parliamentary Act which put an end to Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. The year’s commemoration was a unique event in British history and laid down challenges for the heritage sector to reach out further to involve all society in what is very much our shared heritage and a real element in our national identity.

The HHA encouraged Member houses with links to this part of our history to explore and share their stories.  The initiative included historic houses built with revenues from the trade as well as other stories of people brought to Britain as part of the trade. Other houses were active in the campaign for the abolition of the trade. Lives and actions are reflected in these houses and the records contained there.

The HHA was proud to be a partner in Historic England's Sites of Memory project, which documented historic sites, buildings and memorials with connections to the slave trade and the struggle for its abolition.

The following HHA Member houses commemorated the anniversary:

Boconnoc House

Boughton House

Harewood House


Paxton House

Scone Palace

Tissington Hall

Download a commentary by His Excellency the Honours Burchell Whiteman O.J.Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK

Douglas Blain, HHA Member and Adviser to the Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica and Lucinda Lambton, writer, photography and broadcaster explore Britain and Jamaica's shared heritage.