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Wilberforce House Museum

23 - 25 High St, Kingston-upon-Hull HU1 1NQ, England
01482 613 902
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Description: Birthplace of William Wilberforce, who fought to abolish slavery in the 18th century.
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Southampton
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Presenting the story of slavery - and its abolition by Parliament - is not an easy task. It would be easy to be simplistic, or to put visitors off. This museum manages to be honest without getting unnecessarily heavy in its displays. As well as the history of slavery - right through to the present time - there is also... More

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The thought that humans were once treated in such a terrible way is well illustrated in this first class historic building.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Lots of information about Wilberforce on the ground floor. We found upstairs more interesting, about slavery and the slave trade in general, things we haven't seen in any other museums. Younger children will not find enough interactive things to hold their attention. Enjoyed the fact it was free.

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derbyshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

what a place very interesting the staff were all very helpful and pleasent the only down side was the day we visited there were an aweful lot of school trips in and the childrn were a bit boisterous but they have to go on the visits and they did,nt bother us too much very good exhibits

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Yorkshire
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112 reviews 112 reviews
35 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I remember visiting this as a child and being impressed. I told this to the reception staff and they told me the place had been re-designed in 1987 so it wasn't what I remembered. They were right. It's an interesting place, but the displays are definitely now stuck in the late 1980s. 27 years old. Upstairs there is a lot... More

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Carryduff, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I went to the Wilberforce Museum as a schoolboy and returned last week to take my Girlfriend on a tour of Hull. The Museum is Wm Wilberforce's House from his days as MP for Yorkshire. His act of Parliament which outlawed slavery in the Empire in 1833 was also the year of his death. Slavery throughout the world fell like... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Who cannot be astounded and disturbed by the historical significance of this building, and this man? A must for any visitor, along with the local hostelries.

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Hull
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Anyone with an interest in history and especially slavery will really enjoy this place. A bit over the heads of younger children but well worth a visit for adults and older kids. Even better it's free.

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Hull
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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I remember visiting the museum with my mother and now I take my grandchildren but it still holds the same magic for me all these years later. The house is a monument to one of our famous sons and you can get a real feeling for how he lived in the house but more than that is how they have... More

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Hornsea, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The story of slavery is well set out. You can get round quickly using the exhibits and bold writing or you can take your time reading all the text. There is a trail for children to follow but I don't think they like to be in there too long. A good museum.

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