Teachers' notes

Curriculum links:

KS2 History – Black History; Local history study

KS3 History - Britain's transatlantic slave trade; Local history study

KS3 Citizenship – The role of Parliament

KS4 Citizenship - Human Rights


(This resource could also be used as inspiration for KS1 History - Significant individuals)


Aims of resource:

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.

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


This resource has a range of linked media and activities: 
  • Explore Wilberforce House Museum through an audio tour! Listen to 'William Wilberforce' as he guides you around his former home.

  • Watch videos of pupils from Sydney Smith School interviewing Vanessa Salter, Keeper of Wilberforce House.

View other relevant resources on My Learning or scroll down for a list of links and resources on this topic.

Find out more about Wilberforce House and arranging led sessions for schools.


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

William Wilberforce, oil painting by John Rising, c.1790