Global Citizens - Make an Impact!

Wilberforce House and Citizenship Learning

The 19th Century American philosopher, poet and cultural critic, George Santayana is credited with saying that: 

'Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.'

A sense of citizenship involves learning from the past in order to make the future a better place. Museums are a critical tool in this learning process, as they provide a unique space in which difficult issues can be explored and help visitors to form opinions and make sense of their past.


At Wilberforce House Museum, the main theme of debate is the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the fight for its abolition. This issue is explored through different mediums and viewpoints, allowing visitors to reflect on how we, as Global Citizens, have learnt from this past experience.


Contemporary Galleries at Wilberforce House Museum 

Wilberforce House brings the story of William Wilberforce and his fight for the abolition of slavery right up to date by tackling modern day issues. The Contemporary Galleries prove that the fight for human rights and against modern days forms of slavery is by no means over. Visitors can explore current issues, to join in debate and to find out how they, like William Wilberforce 200 years ago, can become active 'Global Citizens' and join in human rights campaigns.


For more information about how museums can support Citizenship learning, follow the link below for the DCMS report Understanding the Future: Museums and 21st Century Life.

Find out more about William Wilberforcehis life and work in another My Learning resource.

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