7 January—20 December 2019

Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: in your school

Discover what objects can tell us about Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in this new session delivered within your secondary school.

We can now bring the museum to your school with our loan box and specially adapted workshop about the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Using a selection of more than ten carefully chosen real and replica objects from the museum collections; your students will investigate the process, abolition and legacy of the trade. The class will work in groups on a range of tasks to discover what items were used at each stage of the trade triangle and what they reveal about attitudes at the time and in the modern world. All in-school sessions are led by a trained History teacher.

Students will:

  • Study a contemporary image in detail and be challenged to create an appropriate title
  • Handle approximately ten real and replica museum objects
  • Take part in a carousel of activities each focusing on a different aspect of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, for example, abolition
  • Participate in whole-class discussion

Suitable for: Year 7-10Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Duration: 45-60 mins per workshop depending lesson length
Group size: up to 35 pupils per class

It is also possible to hire a Transatlantic Slave Trade loan box without the in-school session for key stage 3-4 classes. 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. Please contact us for a more detailed description of objects on loan.*

Package costs:
Workshop for 1 class – £160 (up to one hour)
Workshops for 2 classes – £280 (up to two hours)
Workshops for 3 classes – £400 (up to three hours)

*Loan boxes can be hired at £80 per 2 weeks, with up to 2 additional weeks at £60 per week. Currently we can only offer Loan boxes to schools in Bristol.

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Learning enquiry form

Please complete this form to start the booking process.

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Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.