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Education Resource: Thomas Clarkson, anti-slavery campaigner

This free education resource can be used in teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students about the campaign for the abolition of slavery. The resource is in a Word format, so teachers can easily choose the bits they want to use.

Download Suffolk Archives School Resource: Thomas Clarkson, anti-slavery campaigner 

Print of Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce, 1835 (PR/C/13)

The resource includes:

  • Biographical notes on Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), a prominent abolition campaigner who was born in Cambridgeshire and spent most of his adult life in Suffolk
  • Notes on Clarkson’s links with Suffolk
  • A timeline putting Clarkson’s part in the campaign into wider context
  • Source 1: Print of Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce
  • Source 2: Extracts from Clarkson’s famous Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, Particularly the African
  • Source 3: Illustrations of the Brookes slave ship
  • Source 4: Map showing Clarkson Street in Ipswich
  • Source 5: Boycotting West Indian sugar in Haverhill

Key themes you could explore with these sources include:

  • The history of slavery and the abolition campaign
  • The arguments and methods used by abolition campaigners in the UK
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Issues around slavery and exploitation in the modern world
  • Questions around compensation and apologies for historical slavery

What do you think?

This is the first of a new wave of education resources we will be launching, and we would really appreciate hearing from teachers and students who use it. How did you use it, and is there anything you think we could add or improve? We’d love to hear your comments, so do please get in touch with us on