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Find out more about the exhibitions

Equiano-An Extraordinary Life
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Equiano-An Exhibition of an Extraordinary Life
Please note that this exhibition has now closed

This inspiring exhibition  told the story of his life and times, drawing together all the major themes connected to the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its abolition as well as his experiences travelling and trading around the world.
The exhibition used major national and international artworks as well as objects from the collection of Birmingham Museum to explore the life and times of Equiano. Multimedia interactive displays enable the visitor to explore this fascinating story in more depth. The exhibition also featured artistic responses to his narrative created by local school and community groups in conjunction with local artists.

Although the Equiano exhibition has now closed, people interested in the life of Equiano and the issues dealt with in the show will be able to find out more with the help of the book Equiano: Enslavement, Resistance and Abolition which includes new insights into enslavement, abolition, the role of women activists in the abolition movement and the connections between Birmingham, enslavement and abolition.


There is also an Education Pack, which is targeted at school pupils in Key Stage 3.  The pack includes a series of History and Citizenship lessons and a CD with audio and visual material.  This is an important resource as the topic of Equiano is to appear in the curriculum for Key Stage 3 from September 2008.

The book and the education pack are available at a reduced special price of £10.00 each from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Touring Exhibition at Ironbridge Gorge Museum

The touring exhibitions were a unique regional and national resource which visited museums, community centres, churches and other venues throughout the United Kingdom. By taking the exhibitions into the community, The Equiano Project aimed to reach a wide and diverse audience. The tour commenced in August 2007 and continued to March 2008 (administered and managed by the Equiano core project team). The tour continues, but is now administered by The Equiano Society.


The exhibition featured the work of teenagers from the Hockley Youth Project. Working with artist Nicola Richardson, the group explored the life and times of Equiano, and produced artworks exploring the theme of identity: the identity of Equiano and their own. From these sessions the group produced a number of brightly coloured suits, inspired by the freedom suit Equiano bought upon securing his manumission. These suits were on display at Soho House along with other artworks produced by the Hockley Youth Project.


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