London 1832 & slavery & London Museum

I just remembered something I wanted to share with people, the reason that i am adding the 1832 London street directory.

I visited the London Museum in Docklands a short while back. It was an absolutely amazing day out, and apart from the cost of travel and a few coffees, it was a free day. The Museum charges for nothing; well maybe it does.

I visited three presentations on the day, the Crossrail history – that’s the new Elizabeth train line. I had actually seen most of this on Channel 4 TV programmes. Another exhibition on World War 2 in the blitz, which included a rather excellent, and free, talk by one of the staff / volunteers. And lastly, a brilliant presentation on slavery around the world, and in particular related to the fact that London commerce and all of its wealth probably exists because of the slave trade.

These different presentations were on separate floors in the museum. It is an impressive place, well done.

My research links to all of these periods, as my pub history site is strong up until about 1944 when most of the World War 2 blitz had taken place. And adding a new era in 1832 when street names were often the same, and through renaming over the next century you can start to place some of the early street names .

AND, most importantly, 1832 was two years before slavery was abolished in the UK, per se. It starts to bring this year into perspective. I am proud to be doing this.

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