Coming soon Event National Museum of Scotland

The Matter of Slavery

6 Jun 2019

Auditorium, Level 1, entry via Lothian Street

Free, ticketed

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Join us to explore the history and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade through objects in museums, galleries and historic houses.

Booking information

Book in person at our museums, call 0300 123 6789 or book online.

Professor James Walvin will be giving a lecture on the topic ‘A World Transformed: Scotland, Slavery and Global Material Culture’.

Professor Walvin is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of York, and has held visiting fellowships and Professorships in the US, the Caribbean and Australia, and at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Edinburgh. In 2008 he received an OBE.

In 2019–20 he will take the role of Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow in the Culture and History of the Americas at the Huntington Library in California. He has published widely on the history of slavery and the slave trade, and his book, Black and White, won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize.

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


The Lothian Street entrance and Auditorium are wheelchair accessible, and there is access to an accessible toilet. There is also an induction loop in the Auditorium. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. Click here to find more information.

In partnership with The University of Edinburgh and supported by The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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