To mark the bicentenary of the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain, 11 to 14-year-old students from across the country were invited to take part in 'The Big Conversation 2007'. This national competition, debate and showcase was organized by the Understanding Slavery Initiative and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

To assist with the competition and offer ongoing teaching support, two invaluable classroom resources were developed: The Citizen Resource, developed for teachers: and a corresponding Citizen Website for students. Teachers and students were encouraged to use these resources to inform their entries, along with reference to museum collections and other relevant research material. lorem ipsum

Citizen Resource

The Citizen Resource was designed to support the effective teaching of the history and legacies of the slavery at KS3 and KS4 through the use of artefacts and archival material. It was produced in conjunction with the Citizen Website and follows the same themes: Activism, Heritage, Identity and Routes.

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Citizen Website


The Citizen Website is for KS3 students, and compliments the Understanding Slavery Initiative (USI) Citizen Resource. It is organised under four themes: Activism, Heritage, Identity and Routes and is designed as a visually rich collection for students to research these with corresponding artefacts, biographies and archival material