A group of Year 8 History students travelled to Bath recently to visit the American Museum and learn about the impact of the slave trade in the run up to the American Civil War.
Situated in a Georgian manor house surrounded by hundreds of acres of grounds, the American Museum in Britain is home to the finest collection of Americana outside of the United States. Covering a huge range of American history, from Founding Fathers and Native American ancestry, the museum has recently opened a new, interactive America Heritage Exhibition that was the focus of the students’ visit, covering the American slave trade that culminated in the outbreak of civil war in 1861.
Students were treated to an interactive workshop, learning key facts about the American slave trade before having the opportunity to handle artefacts from the period and making a replica ‘quilt panel’. Students then enjoyed a tour of the museum, including playing parlour games popular at the time, as well as visiting a ‘plantation room’ containing genuine artefacts from the 1860s, highlighting the huge contrast in living conditions of the rich plantation owners and members of slave trade.
Trip organiser and Team Leader of History, Kalie Dowling, said of the visit: “It was a fantastic opportunity for our Year 8 students to visit the American Museum and really bring such an important part of history alive. Our students took full advantage of the experience, engaging in every aspect of their visit, learning as much about this important time in world history as they could. I am very grateful to the museum for the workshops they provided and I am looking forward to seeing our students taking the knowledge they have gained back into the classroom to help inform and inspire others in their studies on this important topic.”