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Penrhyn Castle slavery exhibition

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An exhibition has opened showing the links between National Trust-owned Penrhyn Castle in Bangor, Gwynedd, and the slave trade.

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Richard Pennant, the MP for Liverpool, married Anne Susanna Warbuton the heiress to Penrhyn Castle in 1765. Pennant had 5,000 slaves in Jamaica.

Youngsters studying the work of Llanllechid primary school pupils

Marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, the exhibition includes work from pupils at schools in Gwynedd and Jamaica.

Penrhyn Castle Slavery

Project coordinator Hilary McLaughlin said people found it interesting to see history through the eyes of children.

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"We've set out the exhibition so that people come in and read the history, read about the community and then see the future through the children's work," said Ms McLaughlin.

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The chains of slavery as depicted in artwork by Gwynedd schoolchildren.

Neck shackles

Visitor Samantha Jones, from Cambridge, found the exhibition interesting but seeing the neck shackles and monkey flail (used to subdue slaves in transport) was "disturbing."

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The faces of slaves depicted by Gwynedd pupils.

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Sadness and chains on the slave trade ships.

slave trade exhibition

Dainty tea sets and shackles - the two sides of the sugar trade.

A Hogshead Barrel which held 813kg of sugar

The exhibition at Penrhyn Castle runs until November and it is hoped that an educational DVD will be produced later.

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