I’ve been working with a group of students at Williamwood High School on the history of slavery in Scotland using photography. The students took photographs at Greenbank House in East Renfrewshire and at what is now the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, but what was once the mansion of one of the tobacco barons who supported the slave trade. These photographs were then combined with archive drawings and etchings from the slave trade era.
The object of the project was to put back the history of the slave trade at the locations where it should be most felt – at the historic homes of those who became wealthy at the cost of immense suffering.
A small selection of the incredible work done by the students is below. I am now continuing with the project to organise an exhibition and launch event at the Eastwood Park Theatre in East Renfrewshire for September 2008.
The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.