Campaign! Make an Impact is an innovative British Library developed
programme that uses history to inspire young people into active
This learning journey describes how students from three very different schools changed their lives through engagement with collections from the British Library, Hull Museums Service and Harewood House. Year 9 students studied the 1807 campaign to abolish the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and then used their new skills to plan and run campaigns about issues which affect them today. The project demonstrates practical applications of History and Citizenship.
Read Bitter Sweet created by Easingwold School students who studied the trans-Atlantic slave trade and Harewood House’s links to the sugar trade.
The British Library is the National Library of the UK and has extensive historical and literary collections relating to abolition, slavery and the slave trade.
Wilberforce House, part of Hull Museums, was home to the MP William Wilberforce who successfully led the campaign to end the slave trade in 1807.
Harewood House was built in the late eighteenth century by the Lascelles family, who made their fortune through West Indies sugar plantations.
Students were given a taste of the 1807 debate through a re-enactment in Hull Guildhall, which was filmed by BBC Look North. Pupils took on support roles whilst they were led through the debate by costumed actors.
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