Thomas Clarkson and the abolition of the slave trade

    I first became interested in the subject of Thomas Clarkson and the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade when studying for my B.Ed (Hons) at Homerton College, Cambridge University. When I graduated in 1997, I was asked to research and write a teacher's pack on Thomas Clarkson and the Abolition of Slavery, which was published by Wisbech & Fenland Museum (1999). For this I worked closely with Andrew Wrenn, the then Cambridgeshire County History advisor.

Since that time I have given many talks on the subject of Thomas and John Clarkson, particularly in 2007, the year of the Commemoration of the passing of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade Act. In that year I also participated in a Key Stage 3 schools events in Suffolk organised by acclaimed history teacher (later Humanities Advisor for Suffolk) Dale Banham. In 2009 I worked closely with the African Caribbean Forum of Peterborough and wrote a local history/multi-cultural teacher's pack Beyond the Bicentennial for them.

Over the years, as well as giving talks, I have also led guided walks of Wisbech highlighting the places of interest connected with the Clarkson brothers.

In 2015 I put together a 10 sessions x 1.5hour course of lectures, on the subject of Thomas Clarkson and Abolition, which I ran for the WEA in March (2015), Risely, Beds (2016), Chatteris & Upwood (2017) and Ely (2018). I now offer this course as an independent tutor.

If you would like to book a talk, lecture, guided walk or a course, please contact me, Maureen James, using the link at the top of the page.