Thomas Clarkson and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Wisbech is the home town of slavery abolitionist Thomas Clarkson and the Museum holds documents, letters, books and artefacts relating to his work which are displayed in this permanent exhibition. The most important of these is his chest which contains examples of 18th century African textiles, seeds and leatherwork. These were used to illustrate his case for direct trade with Africa. The chest also contained chains and manacles which give an insight into the appalling treatment of the enslaved Africans.

  • Free
  • Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, PE13 1ES