London’s untold history

As the Museum of London Docklands turns ten years old today, artist Chris Naylor has unveiled a cityscape made of 2,186 sugar cubes, referencing the museum’s focus on one of the most significant – and shameful – trades to have shaped the city

As the Museum of London Docklands turns ten years old today, artist Chris Naylor has unveiled a cityscape made of 2,186 sugar cubes, referencing the museum’s focus on one of the most significant – and shameful – trades to have shaped the city…

Weighing in at 13kg the sugar sculpture pays homage to one aspect of London’s history of trade and commerce, a subject at the heart of the Museum of London Docklands.

Since November 2012, the story behind London’s links to the transatlantic slave trade has been examined in the museum’s permanent exhibition, London, Sugar and Slavery: Revealing Our City’s Untold History.

The museum is also housed in one of only two remaining warehouses – used for storing sugar – on Docklands’ north quay by the West India Dock Company, originally built in the 1800s.

 

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