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The legacies of transatlantic slavery, key stage 5, post 16 and post 18

Students will be given an opportunity to explore the lasting history of transatlantic slavery through a variety of resources including objects, images and written sources. Allowing students to make links between the aftermath of slavery and the world today.

Museum display with objects and images relating to civil rights movements

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Post 16, Post 18
  • Subjects: History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: International Slavery Museum
  • £90 including VAT per session, from January 2020
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Workshop details

The legacies of transatlantic slavery are both complex and far-reaching. 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.

Guided by an experienced member of the museum’s education team, students explore the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade through a variety of resources including objects, images and written sources. The session is designed to encourage students to make the links between the aftermath of slavery and the world today.

Students work in groups to look at different aspects of the legacies of transatlantic slavery using artefacts to aid and deepen their understanding of this complex and difficult history.   

  • Britain after transatlantic slavery
  • America after transatlantic slavery
  • Africa after transatlantic slavery
  • Race and representation
  • Civil rights and activism

It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of transatlantic slavery before taking part in this session, obtained in the classroom or by spending time exploring the museum beforehand.