Resources and programmes to support teaching and learning around transatlantic slavery

The Understanding Slavery Initiative (USI) is a national education project set up in 2003. The initiative has been developed in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, National Museums Liverpool, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol City Museums, Galleries and Archives, and Hull Museums and Art Gallery. The project supports the effective study of the history and legacies of the transatlantic slave trade using museum collections and archives.

The USI partnership works in consultation with a range of educators and policy makers, drawing on cultural and historical expertise, to develop a range of resources to support teaching and learning around the transatlantic slave trade. This project has been jointly funded by the DCMS and DCSF as part of the Strategic Commissioning National/Regional Museum Partnership Programme. Four key resources are now available, free of charge, for educators to use.