Visit 3: Newstead Abbey

A really good day at Newstead Abbey. Very thought provoking. Just like the Derwent Valley Mills there was absolutely no mention of the links to slavery even though the Wildmans improved and renovated the Abbey with money from their plantation profits which were generated by their estate in Jamaica. We have been asked to feedback to Newstead Abbey so they can improve their visitor experience. It almost seems like guides are afraid to talk about slavery for fear of causing offence … or perhaps the truth is that guides don’t see it as relevant to most visitors. Consequently the truth is kept hidden.

Click here to download Newstead Abbey Information sheet

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