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Neck ring

Neck ring

Description:

An enslaved African would have worn this iron neck collar. It would have had a padlock and chain linking the slave to another one.

Copyright: Lent by owner

Leg shackles

Leg shackles

Description:

Shackles, found in a Liverpool warehouse. Slaves might be shackled by the leg, wrist or neck to prevent them from escaping or rebelling.

Date: unknown

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:T 9782

Plan of slave ship Brookes

Plan of slave ship Brookes

Description:

Plan of the Liverpool slave ship the Brookes, from anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarksons History of the Slave Trade. The plan shows how the enslaved Africans would have been positioned inside the hull of the ship.

Creator: Thomas Clarkson

Date: unknown

Copyright: Copyright Bristol University

Gambia muster roll

Gambia muster roll

Description:

Ships muster rolls from 1770 – 1771; Society of Merchant Venturers’ archive.
Muster roll no: 68.

Muster roll for the ship, the Gambia, sailing from Africa and Barbados, 1769, with Banfield’s name.
The Gambia sailed for The Gambia in West Africa and Barbados in the Caribbean. The number of slaves bought is not known, but 200 were sold at Barbados. Joseph Banfield was separated from his ship and helped by Africans living on the coast. He was rescued and returned to his ship by the wife of the governor of Fort James, an English trading fort in Gambia, West Africa.

The muster roll is a list of all crew signed on for all or part of a voyage, which was used to calculate the money each man should pay to the Sailors’ Hospital Fund (insurance).

The Society of Merchant Venturers is a Bristol-based organisation, which was formed in 1552 as an elite body of merchants involved in overseas trade. The Society still exists today.

Date: unknown

Copyright: Copyright The Society of Merchant Venturers

Page from log book of Black Prince

Page 5 (left) from log book of Black Prince Page 6 (right) from log book of Black Prince Page 2 (left) from log book of Black Prince

Description:

Page 5 (left) from the log book of the slave ship Black Prince. This page is a record of buying slaves.

Page 6 (right) from the log book of the slave ship Black Prince. This page records the first slave death and attempted revolt of the slaves at sea.

Page 2 (left) from the log book of the slave ship Black Prince. This page is a record of putting up bulkheads (or partitions) for mens and womens compartments.

Date: unknown

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

Bill of lading for cargo of Juba

Bill of lading for cargo shipped on Juba

Description:

Document: Bill of lading for a cargo shipped on the Juba from Old Calabar to West Indies in 1788. The cargo included 115 Males and 115 Females as well as ivory, palm oil and dyewood.

A bill of lading is an official record of goods being carried on a ship.

Date: 1788

Copyright: National Archives

Object ID:CO 107/2

The Southwell Frigate

The Southwell Frigate by Nicholas Pocock

Description:

Painting, The Southwell Frigate Tradeing on ye Coast of Africa (c. 1760) by Nicholas Pocock. This painting shows a Bristol slave ship trading on the coast of West Africa. The central sections of the painting show views of the ship at sea. The details on the left and the right depict scenes showing the ship’s captain and crew arriving on land. The detail on the left shows the captain doing business with his African trading partner and the one on the right shows the crew unloading trade goods.

Nicholas Pocock was an artist and sailor who drew pictures of ships, featuring slave trading on the coast of Africa.

Creator: Nicholas Pocock

Date: c. 1760

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:M669

Beaker from Peru

Silver beaker from the Chimú people

Description:

Silver beaker made by the Chimú people, of Peru. The Spanish who colonised Peru were attracted by its natural resources, such as silver.

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:E 1577

View of the Avon by Samual Jackson

View of the Avon by Samual Jackson

Description:

Painting View of the Avon, by Samual Jackson. A rowing boat is being used to unload a ship on the River Avon near Bristol. The ship has probably come from the Caribbean. This painting shows turtles being unloaded.

Creator: Samual Jackson

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:K4

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