History explorer: the British slave trade

Ellie Cawthorne and James Walvin uncover the dark history of Liverpool's connection to the transatlantic slave trade, at the International Slavery Museum

Shackles that were used to tether slaves, on display at the International Slavery Museum. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2018 issue of BBC History Magazine

Looking north across the waterfront from Liverpool’s Albert Dock makes for a dramatic view. On the banks of the Mersey, topped by two wide-winged Liver birds, symbols of the city, stand the Three Graces. Majestic and iconic, these three imposing buildings are a grand reminder of the city’s former dominance in shipping and trade, and the prosperity it once reaped from these industries.

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