A collection of artwork in tribute to the victims and abolitionists of the slave trade has been unveiled at Bruce Castle Museum.

The work, specially commissioned by the museum in Lordship Lane, was created by visual orator and artist Akosua Bambara. It coincides with the UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition held on August 23.

It was on this day in 1791 when French and British colonial forces were overthrown by former enslaved Africans led by Toussaint L’Ouverture in the caribbean island of Haiti.

Bambara used the borough’s role in the abolition of the slave trade as inspiration for her work. Many advocators of an end to slavery, such as the Quakers, had roots in the borough.

Councillor Dhiren Basu, cabinet member for leisure, culture and lifelong learning, said: "This is a great addition to our collection.

"Haringey has strong connections with slavery and the fight for abolition, and Bruce Castle Museum is a fantastic resource for everyone interested in the history of this period."

Memorabilia of the slave trade and its abolition appears alongside the new collection, and features slave artefacts such as metal collars recovered from Ghana, where the majority of enslaved Africans began journeys to America and the Caribbean.

The permanent display and the new work will support work in Haringey schools during the coming school year, when the study of the slave trade will be included in the National Curriculum for the first time.