Thomas Clarkson and the Abolition Campaign

Ref: C2224290

Thomas Clarkson played an instrumental role in the campaign to abolish the slave trade and slavery. This course will explore the work of Thomas and his colleagues, and look at the reasons why many people are unaware of his achievements.

Course aim

This course will explore the history of the campaign to abolish the slave trade and slavery with particular reference to the work of Thomas Clarkson of Wisbech

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Note the reasons why the slave trade became a problem in late 18th century Britain
  • Discover the ways that Thomas Clarkson and others campaigned to end the slave trade and slavery
  • Explore aspects of the life of Thomas Clarkson and his brother John
  • Observe how slavery and the slave trade have left their impact on our collective history
  • Assess why the name of Thomas Clarkson disappeared from our national consciousness.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • A ‘What Next’ hand-out will be provided to all learners at the end of the course listing local places to visit and relevant websites.

Download full course outline

Thomas Clarkson and the Abolition Campaign Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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