On the 23rd August 2013, several of the UK’s museums observed the UNESCO International Slavery Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising in the western hemisphere, on 23 August in Haiti in 1791. This year the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, compiled a programme of public events that included talks on the collections, art and singing workshops for families and walking tours. The day also culminated in a commemorative ceremony of remembrance by the river Thames. EUROTAST Postdoc Dr Temi Odumosu gave a lecture on the day entitled “Exploring The New Union Club (1819)”. This talk explored a controversial but little understood print in the Maritime Collection by the British caricaturist George Cruikshank, which is arguably one of the most prolifically racist prints of the genre and period. Temi has recently written a revised interpretation of this print revealing information about its making and meaning that was not known before. She presented this new research and also used the print as a window for exploring attitudes towards “race” and difference in British society. More information about the day can be found on the museum website.
– Post by Temi Odumosu