Campaign for Abolition


2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of British involvement in the slave trade. However, the campaign which led to this abolition began as early as 1787. This resource allows you to explore a range of sources from the entire campaign - you will be able to look at minutes from the meetings of the Abolition Committee and to examine first hand, eye witness accounts of slavery.

It will become clear that the issues of equality, justice and tolerance raised and explored by the resources are just as relevant today as they were two centuries ago. You might feel that the need for campaigns is also just as great. This resource therefore also outlines a series of activities that investigate what made the Abolition campaign so successful and what still makes a successful campaign today.

The slave trade - a historical background

A wealth of information about the history of the slave trade and of the abolition campaign including biographies, a glossary and a timeline.


Historical sources - an introduction

Examine various historical sources from the campaign to abolish slavery, as well as evidence of alternative viewpoints and eyewitness accounts of slavery.



A range of activities for students exploring aspects of campaigning with particular reference to citizenship, as well as notes and advice for teachers.

Abolition of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Campaign for Abolition (Summary)

The trans-Atlantic slave trade was abolished throughout the British Empire in 1807. Learn about the successful campaign that fought for this.