Teachers' Notes

Resource created by: Hull Museums.

This resource enables pupils to explore the life and political and social achievements of William Wilberforce, the Hull MP, who was instrumental in the campaign to abolish British involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


Curriculum Links

  • KS History: Significant Individuals
  • KS2 History: Black History
  • KS3 History: Britain's transatlantic slave trade; Local history study
  • KS3 Citizenship: The role of Parliament
  • KS4 Citizenship: Human Rights


Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of Britain's involvement in the Slave Trade and Wilberforce's role in the abolition of slavery
  • Understanding of the prevailing attitudes during this era and how Wilberforce's actions shaped history
  • Skills to interpret the role of the individual and analyse historical evidence



Hull Museum Education would like to thank the following people and organisations who contributed to the Wilberforce Education Project and also in the creation of these resources:

Wilberforce House Team - Hull Museums Service, Hull City Council, Kate Armitage, Nick Cass, Chris Cade, James Baker, IT Services Hull City Council, Hull City Learning Centre, Melanie Bonnington, Stepney Primary School, Hull, Maria Amidu and Anna Salaman, Understanding Slavery Initiative, Rob Yorke, Digital Learning Agency, Vicky Ellis and Alison Glew, My Learning team.