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Our everyday habit of drinking a cup of tea hides a history linked to Empire and transatlantic slavery.How do you take your tea? One sugar or two? We are all used to the welcome of a nice cup of tea. But for the Nice Cup of Tea project we looked…

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Buying fairly-traded tea means a fair wage for workers in India, China and other tea-producing areas.How do you take your tea? One sugar or two? We are all used to the welcome of a nice cup of tea. But for the Nice Cup of Tea project we looked behind…

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All Souls College's Codrington Library was built with money from Christopher Codrington, a sugar-plantation and slave-owner.Photo by Fran Monks (franmonks.com)

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These photographs were taken at one of the 'A Nice Cup of Tea' parties in Oxford in June 2018.Visitors enjoyed looking at the different tea cups, the ritual of drinking tea, and performances from Euton Daley, poet, performer and producer,  and…

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At just 5cm high and 7.5cm wide, this tiny tea bowl is an example of the Chinese porcelain bowls that tea was drunk from, until handles on teacups became popular in the later 1700s. Tea was introduced to Europe by Portuguese priests and merchants…

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‘Moustache cups’ were invented in the 1860s by a Staffordshire potter called Harvey Adams. Designed with a ‘secret’ ledge to protect the moustache, the cups became so popular in Britain and America that Adams was able to retire within 15 years, his…

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Fighting for the ‘Mother Country’ More than 16,000 men from the Caribbean joined the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR) during the First World War, and went to fight on the Western Front (Belgium, France and Germany), as well as being stationed in…

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When George VI was crowned ‘Emperor of India’, many of his ‘subjects’ were in the West Indies. After the abolition of slavery, men and women from poor areas of India were encouraged to move to the Caribbean to take up work on the land. These ‘East…

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In Europe, the ‘fair trade’ movement began in the 1950s when Oxfam UK began to sell crafts made by Chinese refugees in its shops. In 1964 Oxfam created the first Fair Trade Organisation. Now, 1.65 million people worldwide are part of a certified Fair…
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