3 September 2019—17 July 2020

School loan box: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Bring the museum to your secondary school with our Transatlantic Slave Trade loan box. We’ve carefully selected over ten real and replica objects from the museum collections to enable your students to investigate the process, abolition and legacy of the trade.

Objects relate to West African culture before the slave trade, trade between Europe and Africa, life on the plantation, the abolition movement, and the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade.

We have two Transatlantic Slave Trade (TST) loan boxes available.

Contents of TST Loan Box 1:

  • Information for teachers about each artefacts
  • Manilla
  • Trade BeadsNo Justice No Peace
  • Asante Figure Weights
  • Brass Plate
  • Bristol Record Society Publication
  • The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings by Olaudah Equiano
  • Neck Ring
  • Steel Drum & Drumstick
  • Abolition Coin
  • Wedgewood Abolitionist Plate
  • Malcom X T-Shirt
  • Martin Luther King Commemorative Badge
  • Postcard Sold Down the River by Tony Forbes, 1999

Contents of TST Loan Box 2:

  • Information for teachers about each artefacts
  • Manilla
  • Trade Beads
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade: commemerative coin showing breaking the chainsBenin Leopard
  • Kente Cloth
  • Bristol Record Society Publication
  • The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings by Olaudah Equiano
  • Punishment collar
  • Steel Drum & Drumstick
  • Abolition Coin
  • Abolitionist Plate
  • Malcom X T-Shirt
  • Martin Luther King Commemorative Badge
  • Postcard Sold Down the River by Tony Forbes, 1999

Encourage your class to work in groups to discover what items were used at each stage of the trade triangle and what they reveal about attitudes in the past and in the modern world.

Suitable for: Year 7-10

Please fill in our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch shortly to discuss your loan.

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Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

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