The Clarksons Society

The Clarksons Society was first conceived as an idea during a meeting between Del White of the Nia Project, a cultural heritage organisation based in Ipswich and historian Maureen James in 2006. The idea grew over time and a number of further meetings between the two led to the realisation that the Society could be a viable and useful project.
The plan to start a Clarksons Society was then circulated amongst people interested in the Clarksons and the study of Abolition and it received support and encouragement from a number of people including Dean Smart (University of the West of England), Peter Jones (Suffolk Museum Service), Ellen Gibson Wilson (biographer of both John and Thomas Clarkson), Robert Bell (Assistant Curator of Wisbech & Fenland Museum); and Christina Swaine (Fenland Tourism).
Time passed and the reality of having face to face meetings became more and more less likely due to distances to be travelled and the busy lives of those involved and with the pressure of the Bicentenary weekend looming, Maureen, with the help of her partner Stuart Broad circulated information, founded the web-based society and put this basic website together.
The project later received the support and encouragement of the Equiano Society and also from the historian Adam Hochschild.
The project lay dormant for a few years but the content has not been forgotten.

The main aim of the Clarksons Society is to publicise and celebrate the life and work of Thomas & John Clarkson and to encourage scholarly research into the life and work of the two brothers.

The Clarksons Society also aims to celebrate and publicise the achievements of the people - black, white, male and female who contributed to the change in public and parliamentary opinions that led to the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Colonies in 1807 and the Act for the Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies in 1833.

The Society is at present web based and does not ask its supporters to become formal members' or pay a membership fee. In the future it aims to set up a members' only area of the website to encourage debate amongst historians and other interest researchers. It is also hoped that this Society website will be a place for contributions of articles, information and weblinks on Thomas and John Clarkson.