This Evil Trade: Olaudah Equiano and abolition

Costumed interpreter as abolitionist Olaudah Equiano

Can you find evidence that will support Equiano's argument for abolition?

Students listen to the arguments of a slave trader, before meeting Olaudah Equiano (played by a professional actor). Equiano talks to students about his experiences as a slave, how he bought his freedom and how he is fighting for the trade’s abolition. Exploring original documents and searching for evidence, students are invited to support Equiano in his quest.

This workshop supports schools studying ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.

Connections to the curriculum: History

Available as: Videoconference, workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours


in your classroom

1 hour

Available: 20 – 22 October 2015

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 3

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