Call and Response: The University Of Glasgow and Slavery

In August this year, Call and Response: The University of Glasgow and Slavery opened in the University of Glasgow Chapel. The exhibition seeks to explore the unknown or unexpected ways collections can be related to racial slavery, and continues the conversation by widening the range of responses to these historic legacies. Call and Response centres around responses to items in collections held by Archives & Special Collections, the Hunterian Museum and the Library’s maps collection.

By opening this dialogue and extending the reach of the exhibition, it is important to acknowledge the histories of enslaved people and their role in the University’s story. This continues the conversation started in 2016 when 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.

Call and Response features responses to 12 items and can be viewed online as well as in person. It is free and open to all until 31st January 2020. Visit the exhibition and give your response to be part of this difficult but necessary conversation.

A series of talks related to Call and Response are also scheduled as part of the Hunterian’s Insight Talks and will be held in the University’s Chapel. Upcoming talks are:

Bogles and Jamaica
17 December 2019 | 1.00pm
Sir Geoff Palmer, Professor Emeritus at Heriot-Watt University
University Memorial Chapel

Adam Smith and Slavery
14 January 2020 | 1.10pm
Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow
University Memorial Chapel



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