Abolition of slavery

Learn about Britain and the transatlantic slave trade, using records held by The National Archives.

This link takes you to a portal page containing a range of resources about the Abolition of Slavery. This resource has been archived as the interactive parts no longer work. You can still use the rest of it for information, tasks or research. Please note that it has not been updated since its creation in 2007.

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You can find more content on this topic in our other resources:


  • Bussa’s rebellion
    How and why did the enslaved Africans of Barbados rebel in 1816?
  • Slavery
    How did the Abolition Acts of 1807 and 1833 affect the slave trade?
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Histories
    This resource contains a hyperlinked list of National Archives current resources for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic histories on The National Archives website
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