2 September 2019—17 July 2020

Workshop: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The transatlantic slave trade lasted a relatively short time in Bristol’s history as a trading port, but the impact it had on the city in the 18th century remains evident today.

Students will:

  • Investigate historic objects and scrutinise materials to explore peoples’ attitudes and opinions towards the slave tradeBristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Take part in a discussion about what individuals believed about the slave trade and how Bristol was changed by its involvement
  • Examine four themes relating to the divisions caused by the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Shipping and trade, The plantations, Profit and The abolition campaign

A free one-hour self-guided gallery activity is also included, giving your class the opportunity to explore M Shed and examine the long-lasting impact the trade has had on the city of Bristol.

Suitable for: Year 7–10
Duration: 1 hour
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

We have sessions available from 10.15am.

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? FREE use of our lunch room is included in the cost of your session.

Teaching resource pack
Included in the cost of the workshop you will receive a Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade resource pack. This pack of information and images will aid your students’ learning about Bristol’s involvement in the trade. Each pack contains:
A resource booklet and CD of images
A selection of postcards
Transatlantic Slave Trade City Trail and accompanying class activity
Sugar Trail around The Georgian House Museum

If you would like to buy extra copies of the resource pack, the City Trail or Sugar Trail please get in touch.

Transatlantic Slave Trade TST

School Loan box
Suitable for Key Stage 3, our loan boxes contain real and replica museum objects linked with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and offer great value. Find out more

Visit The Georgian House
Discover what a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner’s home might have looked like around 1790, with a visit to The Georgian House Museum. Built by sugar trader John Pinney, the townhouse was where the enslaved servant Pero worked (after whom the bridge is named after). Enhance learning outcomes by visiting both museums in one day.

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Learning enquiry form

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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.