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The Contemporary Galleries at Wilberforce House Museum

After a multi-million pound refurbishment for the bi-centenary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Wilberforce House Museum opened to the public again in March 2007.


Along with the complete refurbishment of the house, two new 'Contemporary Galleries' opened, bringing the story of the struggle against slavery and the fight for human rights right up to date. The Contemporary Galleries focus on the following topics:


Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade still impact on the world today. They include racism, poverty and the dispersal of people of African descent throughout the world. Objects on display illustrate great black Britons including Hull rugby league legend Clive Sullivan and comedian Lenny Henry.


Modern Day Slavery

People of all ages are forced to work as slaves, not just overseas but also in Britain. Case studies on interactive screens in the new galleries tell the true stories of enslaved people. A world map shows some of the products made by slaves today, including orange juice from Florida, carpet from India and chocolate from West Africa.


Human Rights and Campaigning

What are human rights? Who decides what your rights are? In the new galleries visitors can explore how individuals can exercise their rights and show support for human rights campaigns. The Freedom Forum, a touch-screen interactive, invites you to listen to young people debating examples when rights clash and vote on who you agree with.


Identity and Diversity

The new galleries at Wilberforce House Museum discuss our identity, both as a nation and as a city. Local people talk about their lives in Britain and in Hull and explain to the visitor the meaning and significance of objects they have chosen to display in the 'We Are Hull' section.


Britain is home to an increasingly diverse range of people from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Visitors are asked to join in a debate in the new galleries on 'What do you like most about Britain?'


To find out how to book a led session in the new Contemporary Galleries, see the Citizenship Sessions at Wilberforce House  or Preparing for your visit sections of this Learning Journey.

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