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Canoe laden with produce, Lulanga River. Upper Congo

Baluba women in market at Ibanshe, Kasai

Native trader and family at Landana

On the farm at Dima, Kasai Company's headquarters

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Museum of London Docklands

The Museum of London Docklands houses the Port and River collections of the Museum of London. The aim of these museums is to showcase the growth and development of London, from the Roman era through to the present day. In a period of expansion for the Museum of London, the Museum of London Docklands was opened in 2003 in a Grade I listed warehouse on West India Quay, the historic trading heart of London.

Due to its location in a warehouse which would very likely have stored sugar, and other slave-produced items, the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on London fits well within this space. ‘London, Sugar and Slavery’ was originally produced in 2007 as part of the bicentenary commemorations but has since become a permanent part of the museum. The displays have a local focus, supported through a wide range of objects, and consider the impact of the slave trade on London historically and today.

On entering the gallery visitors are met with a list of ships that traded slaves from the West India Quay- placing them right there in the story. Next there are discussions of the economics of slavery, and indications of how the money made from it changed the city of London forever. The exhibition also includes discussions of resistance, and abolition- centring the movement on the mass movement in the wider population with a case entitled ‘Abolition on the Streets.’ To bring the display up to date there is a discussion of representations of black people in popular culture, with objects including children’s books, film memorabilia, toys and prints, in line with a further piece on racism in London.

Canoe carrying three large wicker fishing traps. Upper Kasai

Fishing baskets, Lagos Lagoon

Camping under a mango tree at Mobeka. Headquarters of Anversoise Concession

Portuguese trader's house at Basankusu. Former headquarter of Abir Company

Luebo State Post, upper Kasai

American trading factory at mouth of Black River. Upper Congo

Hospital at Pangu, Kasai River

Place at which Mr. and Mrs. Harris emerged after journey through Bakuba Kingdom. Kasai Company's post, Bashishombe, Kasai River

Wooding Post. Kasai River

General view of Dima, headquarters of the Kasai Company

Palms in Messrs. Lever Brothers' Concession. Kasai River

Mouth of Chiloango River joining the sea at Landana

Bridge over Catumbella River

Clearing the forest to erect a trading factory on the Kasai

Congo River with railway cutting