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Slavery and the Natural World

The Natural History Museum looks after millions of specimens, books and artworks. Some of these were collected at the time of the transatlantic slave trade. They reveal a number of unique links between slavery and the natural world.

In partnership with community groups they have commissioned new research into the collections, run a series of public events and created educational resources.

The research begins to recover the experiences of enslaved people and the significance of their contribution to science. It gives an insight into the use of plants in everyday life, as food, medicines and poisons. It uncovers powerful and complex histories of enslaved people and naturalists.

Downloadable chapters present a range of images, quotes and evidence from the collections at the Museum, along with comments and questions raised by visitors.

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Name: Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

020 7942 5000

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