On Wednesday, Y6 went on a trip to Wilberforce Museum in Hull to learn more about William Wilberforce and the trans-atlantic slave trade. Firstly we had a talk on the house and Wilberforce's life. Then we were told about the culture and lifestyle s of the West African people. We looked at the different design methods used to decorate cloth. While half of us went to the museum to do research, the rest did an art activity. We weaved paper similar to Kente cloth designs, and at another station we used liquid wax on cloth using special tools to create a batik effect.
After lunch, we went to looked around Wilberforce house, the museum and birthplace of William Wilberforce. We looked at Georgian clothes and paintings, and saw the stages of development and eventual abolition of the slave trade. We also went to the Streetlife Museum and saw lots of methods of transport from the past including horse drawn carriages and bicycles. It was fun playing old-fashioned arcade games. In the East Riding museum we got to see lots of early eras, from the stone age through to medieval Britain. They had a good collection of fossils including an Icthiosaur and a dinosaur footprint!
written by Niamh, Mark and Mrs Fenton