International Slavery Remembrance Day 2018

Join us at the National Maritime Museum for the UNESCO designated day of remembrance for the transatlantic slave trade on Thursday 23 August. All are welcome for a day of workshops, family events, object handling, storytelling and tours including:

11:00 Opening ceremony

  • Our day opens with a welcome from the Museum, a speech by Pamela Franklin (Chair of the Caribbean Social Forum) and singing from Ethno Vox.

11:30-15:00 Drumming performances and workshops from Bantu Arts.

First Encounters: New galleries opening weekend


  • Music and dance performances from Beats of Polynesia and Sami musician Torgeir Vassik
  • Performance by Aimee Leonard and choir, as well as an Air for John Rae using his original fiddle loaned from Stromness Museum
  • Family workhops with artists collective Ngati Rangi i Waho, Museum of Imagination and Alice Wilson. Workshops will include weaving, paper-cut animation and drawing Tudor and Stuart objects from touch. 

Great Equatorial Encounter

Come visit the Great Equatorial Telescope in the daytime to find out more about this amazing 1893 Victorian instrument, the people who used it and the science it was used for. This visit includes telescope footage and a virtual reality experience to simulate elements of a night time observing session at the Royal Observatory. An astronomer will be on hand throughout to answer all your queries about the cosmos.

Please note that the telescope is only accessible by stairs. This is not an observing session, but uses footage captured on clear nights.

Age: 7+

Music in the Queen's House

Tuesday 23rd October, 13.00 PM 

Join us for a solo flute recital by internationally renowned performer and educator, Rowland Sutherland. Rowland’s varied career includes BBC radio broadcasts, performances with new music ensembles and dance companies, and regular freelance work with major orchestras across the UK. Rowland has taught and lectured at various conservatoires and universities, including Trinity Laban. Programme to include a fascinating repertoire of music by composers of African descent.


Wednesday 31th October, 13.00 PM

Ship-Keeping Weekend at Cutty Sark

Activities take place between 10am -5pm and will include:

  • Planking and caulking
  • Knotting and splicing of rope work
  • Steaming bending and roving timbers
  • Axe hewing and spar making demonstrations
  • Barge sailing

The masterclasses will be delivered by tutors and instructors from the IBTC, and will take place in the dry berth of Cutty Sark and in the ship keepers workshop 10 minutes’ walk from the ship.


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