During 2007 the Lancashire Museums commissioned two contemporary artists, Lubaina Himid and Sue Flowers, to produce art installations at the Judges' Lodgings and Lancaster Maritime Museum. These installations are the artists' responses to Lancaster's involvement in the slave trade and the legacy that has left in the city.
Lubaina Himid - Swallow Hard
Lubaina worked with the Judges' Lodgings to create a 100 piece dinner service to adorn the splendid Gillow's mahogany dining table. She sought out ceramic pieces - like plates, dishes and tureens - from Lancaster and Whitehaven. Lubaina took objects, with their own histories, and added her own layers of decoration. There were images of buildings, traders, ships, slave/servants, families, plants, maps and goods such as mahogany connected with the establishment, development and subsequent abolition of the slave trade.
Sue Flowers- One Tenth
Sue worked at the Maritime Museum, making a number of interventions into the Custom House section of the building. These included an installation using the well-known Abolitionist image of the BROOKES, fully loaded with slaves, a piece which will reinterpret our portrait of Dodson Foster and newly commissioned African textiles.
Also in partnership with Anti-Slavery International and Lancashire County Council Youth and Community there was a touring exhibition, looking at Transatlantic Slavery and modern day slavery. This exhibition is toured throughout Lancashire. This 16-panel exhibition created by Anti-Slavery International took the audience on a visual journey through history, from the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade to slavery in contemporary society. It also looked at how slavery has been challenged through popular campaigning and by the development of international standards to prohibit them.
To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the 1807 Abolition Bill, museums in Lancaster offered a specially devised project for four local secondary schools. Running from Jan 2007 - June 2007, the schools learnt about the 1807 Abolition Bill and the development of human rights.
Lancashire Museums intend to build on the 'ABOLISHED?' project, focusing on Lancaster's slaving past, exploring the legacies of this trade, working on its implications for inclusive communities and individual responsibilities for wider issues around fair trade and contemporary forms of slavery.