Slaving away

New online exhibitions and resources for teachers are marking the bicentennial of the abolition of slavery this year.

The National Archives website has created a resource for pupils, amateur historians and anyone with an interest in the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act passed on March 25, 1807, 26 years before the Emancipation Act, 1833, led to ending the trade throughout the British Empire.

On the site are historical documents relating to Britain's involvement, such as slave registers containing personal details of slaves, colonial office records on how the evil trade shaped Britain's former colonies, and shipping records. There are also links to other resources such as the Archive Awareness Campaign.

Guy Grannum, Caribbean specialist at the National Archives, said:

"Researchers from anywhere in the world can now easily access our material on this subject."

Learning and Teaching Scotland has also launched a website, aimed at upper primary and lower secondary, to help teachers contextualise the transatlantic slave trade within Scotland's history.

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