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National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Thursday 30 November 3pm - 5.30pm
Prices FREE for UK school teachers and educators

New approaches to teaching the history of Transatlantic enslavement

A CPD session for teachers of upper KS2 and KS3 students


Join facilitators Stella Dadzie and Hannah Cusworth to explore what a focus on agency and resistance looks like in practice when teaching the history of Transatlantic enslavement.  Look critically at the Atlantic Worlds gallery in the Museum and consider how a focus on commodities such as sugar, tobacco and mahogany can inform our teaching.

come away with:

  • practical ideas and activities for the classroom
  • greater understanding of the role of objects and museum collections in supporting students' learning
  • resources and reading lists to support teaching 

Stella Dadzie and Hannah Cusworth are members of the Atlantic Worlds Advisory Board at the National Maritime Museum. The Board is overseeing a one year project to re-imagine elements of the Atlantic Worlds gallery in the Museum.  This CPD session will help inform the process.

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Hannah Cusworth is a PhD researcher with English Heritage and former Head of History.

She began teaching in 2012 and taught in a number of London academies. As Head of History, Hannah led the creation of a curriculum that embraced migration stories and the history of empire and race.

She is currently researching the hidden history of mahogany in three English Heritage properties.

She regularly contributes to CPD in the history and heritage community and creates resources for teachers across the country to use with their students.


Stella Dadzie is a published writer and feminist historian, best known for The Heart of the Race: Black Women's lives in Britain which won the 1985 Martin Luther King Award for Literature, and was re-published by Verso in 2018 as a Feminist Classic. Her latest book A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery & Resistance was published by Verso in October 2020 to much acclaim.  Her career as a writer, artist and education activist spans over 40 years. She has written numerous publications and resources aimed at promoting equality and good practice, including resources to decolonise and diversify the UK national curriculum in schools and colleges. She is well known within the UK for her contribution to tackling youth racism and working with racist perpetrators, and is a key contributor to the development of anti-racist strategies with schools, colleges and youth services.