Sweet History landmark (photo)


During 2007/08 The Architecture Centre, Bristol worked with young people from the Knowle West Media Centre on a project exploring the impact of the sugar and slave trade on the heritage built environment of Bristol.

The young people from the Archimedia core group worked with local artists and historians to learn about the social and economic impact of the international trades on the port city as part of Abolition 200, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the international slave trade.

There are many resources that explore various aspects of the transatlantic slave trade. This project focuses on the legacy of the triangular trade on the built environment of Bristol.

Find out more about The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Project Aims

The aims of the project were to:

  • produce an accessible life-long learning resource that highlighted the impact of the sugar and slave trade on the built environment of Bristol
  • Develop a resource that engaged a youth audience with heritage buildings through the use of new media
  • equip young people with a range of new skills, experience and the opportunity to work alongside professionals from different sectors

The young people have been central to the development of the website and have contributed much of the photographic and media content.

The Sweet History? project and website were supported by the Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund and the Bristol Visual Arts Consortium.

Project Team

Amy HarrisonThe Architecture Centre, Bristol
Sandra MansonKnowle West Media Centre
Archimedia Core Group of Young People from the Knowle West Media Centre

We would like to acknowledge the support of Madge Dresser, University of the West of England and Mark Horton, University of Bristol for their contribution to this project.

With thanks to Paul Matson Graphic Design for the website design and David Morgan-Davies / Pervasive Media Studio for the development of the m-scape.