Black Salt

group of sailors on the deck of a ship

The ship and crew of Moel Eilian, c1889. Maritime Archives and  Library reference DX/1328

29 September 2017 to August 2018

Free entry

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Black Salt tells the story of Black seafarers working on British ships.

Sailors of African descent have been part of crews sailing from the United Kingdom for at least 500 years, but their contribution to the country’s maritime identity is often marginalised.

Generations faced not only the challenges of racial discrimination on board ships, but also ashore through government legislation.

Based on Dr Ray Costello’s book, also titled Black Salt, the exhibition shows the significant contribution made by Black seafarers to Britain’s maritime industry, including their role during the World Wars, and the impact of civil rights.