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Understanding transatlantic slavery, key stage 4

This object handling session introduces students to Liverpool’s involvement in transatlantic slavery. It looks at fundamental aspects of transatlantic slavery and its impact on the lives of those involved.

cup with image of an enslaved African being whipped

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: International Slavery Museum
  • £90 including VAT per session
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Workshop details

Transatlantic slavery was responsible for the forced migration of between 12 to 15 million people from Africa to the Americas from the middle of the 15th century to the end of the 19th century. This session introduces students to Liverpool’s involvement in the trade, to fundamental aspects of transatlantic slavery, and its impact on the lives of those involved.

Students work in five small groups to look at different facets of transatlantic slavery:

  • traditional life in West Africa,
  • forced migration,
  • enslavement and life on the plantation,
  • ways that people resisted, as well as
  • abolition movements.

Each group uses different sets of artefacts, information cards and question prompts to aid and deepen their understanding of this complex and difficult history. 

This unique learning experience illustrates the massive impact of transatlantic slavery on the world and the ways it still impacts on many lives.  The approaches used in this session enable students to develop a deeper understanding of Fundamental British Values.