Sweet History?

Website and trail exploring how the sugar and slave trades impacted Bristol’s built environment.

The Sweet History? website explores the impact of the sugar and slave trades on the built environment of Bristol. It includes a trail of 23 sites in central Bristol as well as activities and learning resources to support the school curriculum.

About the Sweet History? Project

During 2007/08 The Architecture Centre worked with young people from the Knowle West Media Centre, local artists and historians to learn about the social and economic impact of the international trades on the port city of Bristol as part of Abolition 200, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the international slave trade. The Sweet History resource was developed through this project.

Sweet History? Learning Resources

The Sweet History? website education section contains free downloadable teaching and learning activities that can support the delivery of a range of curriculum areas including History, Literacy, Art and Design and Citizenship. They include:

General Teaching Activities

  • The Residents of Queen Square
  • Memorials – The Tombstone of Scipio Africanus
  • Memorials – the Statue of Edward Colston

Primary Teaching Activities

  • The Street Name Trail
  • Georgian Buildings and the Georgian House Museum

Secondary Teaching Activities

  • Corn Street – Exploring the growth of banking and trading in Bristol
  • Blaise Castle Museum – Exploring country estates and follies

View the website resource here:



The website has been developed by the Architecture Centre in partnership with young people from the Knowle West Media Centre.

The Sweet History? project and website were supported by the Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund and the Bristol Visual Arts Consortium.