International recognition for a 'gem' in our collections
A unique African slave song written down by 18th century anti-slavery campaigner Granville Sharp has been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World register. The words of the song let us hear the voices of enslaved people working in the sugar plantations of Barbados. Sharp’s papers came to Gloucestershire through the marriage of his niece to local man Thomas J Lloyd Baker of Hardwicke.
And you can listen to a recording by the music expert Roger Gibbs, who nominated the document for inclusion in the register.