Wilberforce House Museum

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Wilberforce House Museum explores the history of slavery, abolition and the legacy of slavery today. It is the birthplace of slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce.

The house has recently re-opened after a multi-million-pound refurbishment and it now forms the centrepiece in the city’s commemorations of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. It aims to make slavery and abolition relevant to Hull and its visitors.

Part of the Designated Collections of national importance relating to the city and region of Kingston upon Hull are on display here.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 13.30-16.30
Last admission 15 minutes prior to closure.

Admission charges

FREE

Additional info

Guided tours are available by prior arrangement.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Wilberforce
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Plantation Life galleries

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The Plantation Life galleries explore what life was like for enslaved Africans when they were sold to work on plantations in the Caribbean and the Americas. It looks at working conditions, health, punishment and death rates as well as how plantation workers rebelled and resisted slavery in multiple ways.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,631461&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

The Capture and the Middle Passage galleries

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The Capture and the Middle Passage galleries cover the horrific reality of being kidnapped and transported across the Atlantic in appalling and often lethal conditions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,631461&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

The West African galleries

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The West African galleries upstairs explore the rich cultural traditions of specific African societies, looking at religion, ceremonies, music and adornment.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,631461&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

The William Wilberforce galleries

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The William Wilberforce galleries focus on Hull’s most famous son, following his life and political career, with original artefacts, costume and documents.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,631461&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

The History of the Building gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The History of the Building gallery explores the fascinating history of Wilberforce House, first built in the 1660s for Hugh Lister.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,631461&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Message - Creative Campaigning

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=326

This learning journey looks at artworks produced by supporters of the anti-slavery movement and highlights the success of such objects in bringing the horrors of the slave trade to the attention of the public.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Global Citizens - Make an Impact!

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=441

Campaign! Make an Impact is a British Library developed programme that uses history to inspire young people into active citizenship. This resource covers topics such as diversity, campaigning, inter-dependency, discrimination, human rights, fair trade and modern day slavery.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

William Wilberforce

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=189

Find out about Hull´s most famous son, William Wilberforce - plus an interactive

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Wilberforce House Museum
Wilberforce House
25 High Street
Hull
East Yorkshire
HU1 1NQ
England

Website

www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

museums@hullcc.gov.uk

Telephone

01482 613902

Fax

01482 613710

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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