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Cambridgeshire's Abolitionists in 2021

Cambridgeshire's Abolitionists in 2021

Wisbech & Fenland Museum held an online event exploring today’s work to end modern slavery in Cambridgeshire and its historic links to abolition. Hosted in Wisbech, the home town of Anti Slavery International's founder, Thomas Clarkson, this event brought together organisations working to abolish modern slavery, community organisations and heritage professionals to raise awareness and share initiatives and community work.


This event offered a unique opportunity to examine the political, cultural, and social work of abolition today. It gave attendees the opportunity to hear how targeted local, national and international work to overcome modern slavery is making a difference to people’s lives today and understand how heritage organisations and museums are working with communities and slavery collections .


Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner formally opened the event and highlights include:


Stronger Together


International Slavery Museum

Rosmini Centre in Wisbech

Anti-Slavery International



Recordings of a selection of the presetations are available to watch below.


This event was held on Thursday 25 February 2021 as part of a programme of events and community engagement developed by Articles for Change, a project funded by the Museums Association Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Introduction to Cambridgeshire's Abolitionists in 2021

Cambridgeshire’s Abolitionists in 2021 is officially opened by Dame Sara Thornton, Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and introduced by Shannon Barrow of 20Twenty Productions and Richard Barnwell, D.L., Chairman of Wisbech & Fenland Museum.


Keynote: Ruth Dearnley, STOP THE TRAFFIK.

Keynote: Ruth Dearnley, Chief Executive Officer, STOP THE TRAFFIK. Anti-slavery campaigns and targeted work in Fenland.


Rachel Dickens Stronger Together

Rachel Dickens, UK Programmes Manager, Stronger Together. On Princes Factory, Wisbech.



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