UPDATE, July 2019: Unfortunately, due to being unable to raise all of the necessary funding, the trustees of MJR have decided to put the Zong Project on hold. It is still our hope to be able to resume the project at some point in the future (so we're leaving this information here). The funding that was raised has been used to create the exhibition mentioned below that would have been on board, and that is now available as a stand-alone resource for free hire (terms and conditions will apply). To find out more, click here.
The new voyages of the slaveship Zong
Research has shown that colonial enslavement has left a deep felt legacy of far reaching social and economic problems, a legacy that has yet to be sufficiently acknowledged or addressed. 200 years of silence and historical amnesia on the facts and effects of slavery – both the suffering caused and the benefits it created for Britain – has kept the wider British public in ignorance of what their forebears did in Africa and the Caribbean. In short: the legacy of slavery impacts us all.
It is our desire to sail a replica slave ship round the Briish coast to visit some of the ports that were involved in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The Zong Voyage aims to highlight the legacies of slavery present in our society and economy and set in motion a wider project to effect community change.
The voyage is being planned in conjunction with local museums, schools, churches and community groups, and will provide an opportunity to:
An exhibition to use on the ship, or elsewhere, is being put together and will be available for local events in 2020.
We are still fundraising for this project, so if you would like to help with this, or provide a contact, or be involved in this exciting venture in any other way, please contact us.