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Visiting the Sheffield Archives

Monday, March 5, 2007

Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP, visited the local archives to examine the surviving records of the people, especially women, who worked to abolish slavery 200 years ago.

She was shown a number of documents including papers of the Sheffield Female/Ladies Anti-Slavery Society, and their leading figure Mrs Mary Anne Rawson. Meg also examined letters between the daughters of local silverware manufacturer Samuel Roberts, and William Wilberforce MP - the leading Parliamentary figure campaigning for the abolition of slavery.

 

This year is the 200 anniversary of the passing of the Abolition of Slavery Act, which prohibited the trade in slaves in the British Empire. It was the first step in getting slavery itself abolished. There will be a number of events marking this important anniversary, including a debate in Parliament and an exhibition in Westminster Hall from May onwards. Sheffield Archives will be issuing a booklet giving details of the local activity by people campaigning on this issue.

 

Meg is pictured with Principal Archivist Ruth Harman.

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