This online resource from Durham University Museums and Special Collections draws upon original documents and artefacts held in Durham’s museums. It was first put together for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in 2007.
Each section of this online resource uses primary source material to look at a different aspect of slavery and is accompanied by questions, background information, glossaries, transcripts and timelines. Links to the curriculum and ideas for further work have been included where appropriate.
- How did so many Africans become slaves?
- Did the Middle Passage deserve its awful reputation?
- ‘Miserable, desolate and discouraging’: is this an accurate description of slave life?
- How did slavery start?
- The Triangular Trade
- The defence of slavery
- Who took action against the slave trade and why?
There is also an online exhibition highlighting a number of issues relating to slavery using sources from the collection.
- Website (free)
- Visit website
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