Memorial to Zong

Lubaina Himid’s fantastic exhibition, Memorial to Zong, is currently at the Lancaster Maritime Museum until the end of March 2021, with kind permission from the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London.

You can visit her website here –


The Zong Massacre

The Zong was an overloaded slave ship which crossed the Atlantic in 1781.

Due to a navigational error, the ship missed its destination in the Caribbean and had to spend an extra three weeks at sea. Drinking water was growing short and sickness had spread among the slaves and crew.

Approximately 131 African captives were thrown overboard and drowned because if they had died on board, the crew could not claim insurance money on the lost cargo.

The crew were tried in 1783, although the case was heard as an insurance dispute rather than a murder trial.

The case came to symbolise the horrors of the Middle Passage and strengthened the abolition campaign.

Turner Prize Winner, Professor Lubaina Himid’s exhibition is a powerful re-interpretation of the history and brutality of the slave trade and remembers the Zong Massacre.

Lancaster Maritime Museum

While you can’t visit in person at the moment, Lancaster Maritime Museum have shared many short podcasts and videocasts throughout Black History Month from a variety of people on their Facebook page, some of which you can find below.


Exhibition Installation

Here, You can watch Memorial to Zong being installed at the Maritime Museum. Their doors may be closed for now, but enjoy watching the installation process for the extraordinary work of Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid.



This intimate exhibition at the Maritime Museum features the extraordinary and emotional work of Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid.



Hear the intriguing story of Dido Elizabeth Bell, the young black ward of Lord Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice, who presided over the case of the Zong Massacre.


Art UK

While black figures have appeared in European oil paintings for centuries, very rarely are they the subject of the scene. Check out the Art UK article exploring the significance of Lubaina Himid’s work.

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To find out more, please head on over to the Lancaster Maritime Museum’s Facebook page and the Lancaster City Museum Facebook page.