Exhibition

Built with malice aforethought

25 May 2024 – 15 Sep 2024

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00

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Like places and people all over Britain, Leamington Spa and its inhabitants benefited hugely from the wealth generated by colonialism and the transatlantic slave economy. The connections extended across the British empire and beyond, and their legacies are still visible in the town today.

This exhibition introduces the wide variety of Leamington’s links with West Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas from the late 18th to the early 20th century. Find out the stories of enslavement and exploitation behind the town’s grand architecture, explore the roots of the Art Gallery & Museum’s African collections, and learn about everyone from abolitionist activists to cotton merchants, Confederate sailors and missionaries.

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