1 September—17 December 2021

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 other evidence to explore contemporary attitudes and opinions towards the slave trade
  • Compare and contrast different attitudes towards the 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

Student can also explore the relevant displays at M Shed with our free one-hour, self-guided activity.

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.


School Loan box

Our loan boxes, suitable for Key Stage 3, 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. Enhance learning outcomes by visiting both museums in one day.

Read more about Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

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.

School loan box

We’ve carefully selected real and replica objects from our collections to enable your students to investigate the process, abolition and legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.