Location   Birmingham, UK

Client  Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery


A partnership project between Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Equiano Society forming part of the bicentenary commemorations of the Abolition of Slavery in 2007.


Equiano was sold into slavery as a child in 1740. A man of great intelligence and determination he had a rich and diverse life before eventually becoming a principal opponent of the slave trade. This project sought to bring his story to a wider audience.


HKD designed and developed a main exhibition for the Gas Hall (BM&AG’s largest temporary exhibition gallery), two travelling exhibitions and education pack.


The work created in four community art projects was displayed throughout the exhibition. The education pack, which includes a teacher pack, eight lesson plans and CD resources, was been distributed to 2,500 schools. Two travelling exhibitions have continued to tour nationally and internationally.


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