This learning resource has been created for use with the travelling exhibition: A North East Story: Scotland, Africa and Slavery in the Caribbean.
The resource draws on information presented in the exhibition as well as a range of objects and images contained in the handling box that accompanies it. It is aimed principally at secondary school students in North East Scotland.
Nonetheless, all the exhibition and handling box content is included on this website. Teachers and schools elsewhere may therefore find that the resource offers them useful learning tools too.
The learning resource is divided into four themed sections:
Each theme has three or four topics (adding up to 14 in total), and each topic comes with a set of Things to do and several specific resources, such as objects, documents and pictures.
See the Contents page for the layout of the sections, topics and individual resources.
There are options to download the entire learning resource or a particular section or topic in pdf format. For resources and individual pages the webpages have been formatted so that these can be printed from your browser directly.
We suggest that teachers read through the resource in advance and select topics that they feel will suit the abilities of their students.
As a general guide, however, the sections and topics have been structured to begin with some basic, hands-on activities, before moving to more discursive activities that require more complex interpretation skills.
All the activities have been written so as to enable advanced students to work through the material by themselves. But slavery can be a strange and baffling subject, and most children and young people will need the guidance of an adult to comprehend the topics and get the most out of the activities. They will also learn more effectively if they are encouraged to work in groups and discuss their findings and opinions with one another.
The activities under the Things to do headings are, of course, suggestions only. Teachers are welcome to devise extra or different activities and discussion points using the specific resources provided.
Both the exhibition and learning resource aim to foster the experiences and outcomes for the third and fourth levels of Social Studies in Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.
Most obviously the materials relate to People, past events and societies, but there is also considerable emphasis on questions of agriculture, food resources and the history of globalised trade. The history of the abolition and emancipation movements provides a useful introduction to learning about human rights, political campaigning and other issues of citizenship. Questions of local identity and Scotland’s place in the wider world run throughout the exhibition and learning resource.
The learning resource offers strong opportunities for developing the four capacities in the Curriculum for Excellence.
There is a wealth of online learning resources for schools on the subjects of slavery, abolition and emancipation and African culture and history. Some of the most comprehensive and well-maintained sites are listed below. Each in turn provides links to further resources.
Understanding Slavery from the Understanding Slavery Initiative
Scotland and the Abolition of the Slave Trade from Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)
Slavery and Glasgow on Scottish Archive Network (SCAN)
Recovered Histories from Anti-Slavery International
Freedom from the National Maritime Museum