Attitudes to slavery

Teachers' Notes

The 'Abolition of the Slave Trade Act' was passed in 1807, which outlawed the trading of slaves in the British Empire. Slavery itself continued in the British Empire until its abolition in 1833.  

Before its eventual abolition, the slave trade formed an important part of the British and European economy. Trade in enslaved Africans and the goods they produced on American plantations made fortunes for many of those who invested, and financed the development of many of our important cities including Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Every region in the country would have been affected by slavery, and the lives of every class of person would have been influenced by the impact of the slave trade in some way.


This resource examines efforts to shift attitudes towards the slave trade and the ways in which this was achieved, using sources from the Nottinghamshire area as a focus.


Curriculum Links


KS3 History

2.1 History Enquiry

2.2 Using Evidence.

British History h. The development of trade, colonisation, industrialisation and technology, the British Empire and its impact on different people in Britain and overseas, pre-colonial civilisations, the nature and effects of the slave trade, and resistance and decolonisation.

Cross-curricular links to English KS3

1.2 Creativity

1.4 Critical understanding


ICT (Research Tasks)


Learning Objectives


Pupils will

  • Be able to convey the reasons why people opposed the slave trade.
  • Be able to describe the ways in which various people gathered support for the abolition of the slave trade.
  • Use the original sources to inspire their own creative work.

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