2007 marked 200 years since the British parliament abolished the transatlantic slave trade. But it didn't mark the end of slavery, which still continues in different forms today.
Today we may wear wrist bands or ribbons
to show support for causes such as ending poverty. In the 1770s, campaigners also used symbols to publicise the horrors of the slave trade.
The kneeling enslaved African with chained hands and feet became a popular symbol of the campaign. It appeared on all sorts of different objects including brooches and this tobacco box lid. These objects showed slaves as passive victims: in reality, slaves regularly
resisted their oppression.
This tobacco box lid is displayed in the Gallery of Craft and Design among other objects owned by anti-slavery campaigners in the 1770s. We asked visitors: How would you show your idea of freedom in a medal? Below are some of their replies:
If you would like to add your own medals, please email them to Liz Mitchell, Interpretation Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org