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Wilberforce House Museum

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Address: 23 - 25 High St, Kingston-upon-Hull HU1 1NQ, England
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+44 1482 613902
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Wilberforce House is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, famous...

Wilberforce House is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, famous campaigner against the slave trade. Admission to Wilberforce House is free. The museum tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. Galleries also offer a fascinating glimpse into West African culture. The permanent displays at Wilberforce House include journals and items that belonged to William Wilberforce, including original costume. There are many significant items linked to slavery and the campaign to abolish it. Recently opened galleries contain wonderful displays of local crafstmanship, clock-making, Hull silver collection, the East Yorkshire Regiment and Edwardian Hull Last entry 15 minutes prior to closing

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William Wilberforce was born in this house in 1759, studied at Cambridge and became a MP at just 21. He was to spend 15 years introducing various abolition bills in parliament... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

William Wilberforce was born in this house in 1759, studied at Cambridge and became a MP at just 21. He was to spend 15 years introducing various abolition bills in parliament before the Slave Trade Bill was passed in 1807. Wilberforce House Museum has free entry and is a few minutes walk from the Street-life and Hull and East Riding... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Complete history of the aweful slavery trade that should be compulsory in all schools. I had no idea that 'apprenticeships' followed the abolition of slavery, they seemed to be 'slavery' in all but name. It's well worth a visit and a few hours of your time, it's especially troubling as modern slavery is all around us

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited when at the street life museum. Best time is again afternoon when school groups are nearly done. Again lots of interesting information and objects.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is dark history at its best, graphically showing slavery through history, and particularly the slave trade from Africa. Man's inhumanity to man shown in great detail. It's also very informative about the statesmanship of William Wilberforce working to abolish slavery. Unfortunately slavery still exists in a different form, and amazingly in this country. There are references to this as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Wilberforce House Museum is a very educational museum about a dark time in history. The displays are exceptionally haunting. I was most disturbed by the space the slaves were allotted during their transit. It made me sick to think how it was acceptable to treat human beings like this. It is a free exhibit and work a trip to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting displays on both the live of Wilberforce and slavery - some very thought provoking displays in this little museum. We downloaded the audio tour which added to the experience and cut down on the reading and the museum is free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the house itself is not amazing the displays are very informative and sobering. The slavery sections are especially thought provoking. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly makes you think about this dark period in world history, Lovely old building, creaking floorboards adds to the mystique of the place, Wish I had more time for an indepth review. Laid out very well with lots of things to read and ponder on.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wilberforce is synonymous with Hull and has to be on the viewing list. This was my fourth visit to Hull and the museum was as I remembered it. A lovely house and garden with so much information about Wilberforce, slavery and the history of the time. There is just enough visual material, with a few artefacts, to bring home the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been visiting the museum since I was at school, I am now 53! It is very educational and describes slavery and it's abolition .... my only criticism would be that there were actual boat and noises of the slaves years ago which made it more emotional and realistic as a child and meant that you took it all... More 

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