Exhibition "Call and Response: The University of Glasgow and Slavery"

Published: 27 August 2019

27/08/2019: Inspired by African and Scottish storytelling, this exhibition invites reactions and responses to the histories of enslaved people and their role in the University's story.

In 2016, the University of Glasgow acknowledged that despite the strong abolitionist stance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it continued to accept gifts and bequests from people who profited from slavery to further institutional goals.  

In September 2018, Professor Simon Newman and Dr Stephen Mullen published Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow, a report which quantified those financial gains and recommended a programme of reparations.

The Call and Response Exhibition continues the conversation by widening the range of responses to the archives, books and objects held in the University Library and The Hunterian. What lessons can we learn from studying the cultural legacy of previous generations of University of Glasgow staff and students? 

UNESCO RILA Artists in residence Tawona Sitholé and Gameli Tordzro contributed elements of the exhibition, which will be on display from 26 August 2019 to 3 January 2020 in the University Memorial Chapel. 

The exhibition is free and open to all. Visit the exhibition and give your response to be part of this difficult but necessary conversation. 

Visit the Slavery Studies website for more information on the Call and Repsonse Exhibition and other related projects.

First published: 27 August 2019