Abolition of the Slave Trade

Web links and resources

Slavery and the abolition of the slave trade

Understanding Slavery- a free resource for teachers and educators planning lessons on the transatlantic slave trade.

Drama for Schools - Scotland and the Slave Trade - This National Trust for Scotland resource provides an introduction to using drama to support learning about the slave trade.

Scotland and the Slave Trade - 2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act - Historical review of Scotland's role in the slave trade and its abolition.

British Library: Learning - Campaign for Abolition - Explore historical sources from the campaign to abolish the transatlantic slave trade. Both pro- and anti-slavery sources are available.

Freedom: Timeline of the Slave Trade - details of key events over four centuries of the slave trade.

Freedom: Britain and the Transatlantic Slave Trade - a National Maritime Museum history resource that allows young people to create their own online museum exhibition.

Spartacus: The Slave Trade - the Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia website contains a wealth of information including slave accounts and biographies of abolitionists.

Abolition: Commemorating the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act  - BBC web portal featuring sections on the history of the slave trade, the modern legacy, slavery around the UK, and information about the accompanying series of TV and radio broadcasts from the BBC.

Slave’s Story - follow the stories of four Africans forced into slavery.

Slavery and Glasgow - Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) online exhibition showcasing the collections held by Glasgow City Archives and Special Collections. The exhibition was part of a programme of events taking place for Black History Month.

Amazing Grace movie - details of the movie Amazing Grace, based on the life of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce.

Breaking the Silence: Learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade - a joint initiative between UNESCO, Anti-Slavery International, the British Council and the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (Norad).

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record - this Virginia University website makes over 1200 images freely available for educational use.

Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade - a web page from a larger project called Black Presence: Asian and Black History in Britain 1500-1850, which is in the National Archives. Summarises the history and issues surrounding the slave trade, with images of some of the original letters and documents.

Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation created by Brycchan Carey, Reader in English Literature at Kingston University. The articles and material gathered here are more relevant to those interested in research and academic exploration. 

Antislavery Literature Project - established in 2002 as a collaborative electronic publishing project in a major but understudied area of American literature. The project is based in the Arizona State University’s English Department and works in co-operation with the EServer, located at Iowa State University. Includes resources on children's literature and information on contemporary slavery.

Set All Free a project set up by Churches Together in England which aims to apply the lessons of the past to tackle the legacies of Transatlantic Slavery and its modern-day equivalent. 

Scotland and Slavery - the Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) website includes details of events commemorating the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. 

You are looking at the faces of slavery and bondage in the 21st century a website by the Anti-Slavery Society, an American organisation. Contains summaries on the issues and history of slavery and abolition, with images showing slavery today: child labour, child slavery, forced labour, international trafficking, etc.

Comité de Liaison et d'Application des Sources Historiques - in French and English, an educational website dedicated to the history of Saint Barthelemy, and focusing on the slave trade, slavery, their abolition and impact on the island of Lesser Antilles.


Contemporary forms of slavery

More Precious than Gold - a short film from UNICEF giving an insight into child trafficking, narrated by Robbie Williams.

Voices of Youth - UNICEF interactive website for young people - includes a section on commercial sexual exploitation with factsheets, real-life stories, a discussion forum and photo journals.

Breaking the Silence - education project to increase awareness of the Transatlantic Slave Trade - includes a section called Slavery Today.

Slavery Today - BBC World Service programmes on trafficking, chattel slavery, bonded labour and domestic slavery, with settings including Liverpool, Niger, Pakistan and Haiti.

BBC/Open University - An article in the international development section called 'Slavery: A modern-day problem'.

Racism and discrimination in Scotland

Show Racism the Red Card  - teaching pack supporting the anti-racist campaign. Supplementary material available on the website.

HomeBeats: Struggles for Racial Justice - a multimedia CD-ROM that considers the links between slavery and contemporary racism.

Some offer a uniquely Scottish perspective:

Colour Blind - video by a group of young people living in Glasgow, about life for new Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Scotland.

Resources offering positive images of multiculturalism in Scotland and the UK:

100 Great Black Britons - website detailing biographies of 100 famous black Britons, past and present, including Lenny Henry, Colin Jackson and Mary Seacole, the Crimean veteran war nurse and original lady of the lamp.

Poverty and Inequality in Africa and the Caribbean

Child Workers - a BBC World Service feature includes personal testimony from a rug weaver and a sex worker.

PDF icon PDF file: Slave Trade or Fair Trade (130KB) -  leaflet from Anti-Slavery International on the issues behind the slave trade and how to take action.

Child labour programme - contains information and case studies on child labour.

PDF icon PDF file: Child Labour (604KB) -  a factsheet on child labour from UNICEF.

Trading Trainers A simulation game concerned with those working in difficult conditions.

Set All Free - contains background information on the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade.

International Development Education Association of Scotland  - (IDEAS) is a network of over 40 organisations and individuals involved in Development Education and Education for Global Citizenship across Scotland.