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FIG Tree Fair Trade / Slave Trade Exhibition


Dodshon Foster
Dodshon Foster
The Thomas Storey Gallery, Lancaster LA1 1TH
The FIG Tree


The FIG Tree slave trade / Fair Trade Exhibition is on display in the Thomas Storey Gallery from 7th - 31st March 2017. The FIG Tree is the world’s first International Fair Trade Centre, founded in the world’s first Fair Trade Town, Garstang and now based at Lancaster Priory.

The exhibition was developed as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund project that explores Lancaster’s role as Britain’s 4th largest slave trade port during the 18th century, the area’s involvement in promoting fair trade as a Fairtrade District today and Quakers who were prominent in the abolition - but also included Lancaster merchants and the slave trader Dodshon Foster.

An exciting weekend of events will also take place on 25th/26th March 2017, commemorating 210 years since the Act was passed to abolish the British Transatlantic slave trade. As part of ‘210 Abolition – Lancaster slave trade port to Fairtrade City’ several events will take place in Lancaster including a Regency Banquet and Ball at the Borough; a service, lecture and chocolate workshops at The Priory; and Quaker worship and slave trade / Fair Trade Debate at the Friends Meeting House. The abolition of the slave trade act was passed exactly 210 years earlier on 25th March 1807.

The '210 Abolition' weekend events will include:


10.30am & 12 – Chocolate Workshop at The Priory – cost £5. Booking essential.   Duration 1 hour

4pm – 5pm Slave trade / Fair Trade debate at Lancaster Friends Meeting House  – The motion: “It is simply immoral that people should be allowed to suffer in order to provide us with luxuries such as tea, coffee and sugar at a cheap price” Slave trade abolitionists circa 1790

6pm Regency Banquet at The Borough, Dalton Square – £20/person. Followed by

8pm – 9.30pm Regency Ball – music provided by Northern Frisk


6.30pm – 7.30pm Evensong & Lecture both at The Priory

You can find out more about the local FIG Tree Fairtrade initiative at (link is external) and at