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Interdisciplinary Workshop The Ethics of Museum Display: Critical reflections on interpreting slavery artefacts

Wednesday 24th October 2007

The Workshop was held in the Education Suite in the Courtyard, Harewood House, Yorkshire

Read a Report on this Workshop
  • Aims of the Workshop were:
  • 1) To bring together curators, historical researchers and ethicists at the end of the bicentennial year to share museological practices on slavery heritage.
  • 2) To articulate solutions to the challenge of representing the particular ethically sensitive issues of slavery collections at Harewood House, especially in view of the revelations from the Lascelles Papers published by the Borthwick Institute.
  • 3) To comment critically on the application of the Museums Association's Code of Ethics to issues of slavery heritage.


The workshop followed a welcome by David Lascelles and an introduction to the state floor by the senior curator, Melissa Gallimore


  • Terry Suthers, Harewood Fellow, former Director of the Harewood House Trust -''The Barbados Papers' - a bi-centennial partnership project between the Borthwick Institute at the University of York and Harewood House enabling world-wide scholarly and community access to the West Indies archive of the Lascelles family.' .

  • Melissa Gallimore, Senior Curator, Harewood House- 'Harewood 1807-2007: Interpreting the abolition of the slave trade.'

  • Professor David Richardson, WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation)-'Museum exhibits and the interpretation of controversial history.'

  • Dr Laurajane Smith, Department of Archaeology, University of York- '1807 Commemorated - negotiating guilt: audience responses to 1807 exhibitions.'

  • Dr Geoff Cubitt, Department of History, University of York- 'What's it got to do with us? Constructing local meaning in 2007 slavery and abolition exhibitions .'

This workshop was kindly supported by a Faculty of Arts Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer grant, and by the Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds

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