Who was William Wilberforce? at Wilberforce House Museum

Learn about William Wilberforce and why he’s a significant local and national figure.


Wilberforce House
23-25 High Street

Key stages


Cross-curricular links

History, Spoken Language, Reading, PHSE

Session length

2 hours

Standard / non-member rates

For groups of 15 or more children
2-hour experience – £7.75 per child

For groups of fewer than 15 children
2-hour experience – £116.25 per group

Magical Museums member rates

For groups of 15 or more children
2-hour experience – £4.36 per child*

For groups of fewer than 15 children
2-hour experience – £65.40 per group

*If available, your member school's free hours will be used first.

Please note: SEND groups are charged at our Standard per-child rate plus a £10 administration cost.

What to expect from your Experience Day

Learn about William Wilberforce and why he’s a significant figure locally and nationally. This experience includes a tour of Wilberforce House Museum – the former family home of the anti-slavery campaigner – and an object handling session. The session will help pupils to understand who William Wilberforce was, his life, campaigning, and legacy.

The led session includes:

  • Introduction to the site and setting the scene about the session
  • Learning about William Wilberforce's life and why we remember him, through a digital timeline 
  • Taking part in a tour and on-gallery activities in key areas of the Wilberforce House Museum to help deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding about his life, the Abolitionist Campaign and contemporary slavery issues
  • Handling original artefacts and reviewing source material linked to key themes of who Wilberforce was; what he campaigned about and how he campaigned, and how he is remembered
  • Plenary and evaluation

Group size

We can accommodate up to two groups from your school per available date – with a maximum of 35 pupils per group. If you’d like to bring more than two groups (70 pupils), please book additional days.


We deliver sessions from 10am–12pm for the first group, and 12.30–2.30pm for the second group. If you’re bringing two groups to/from the museum at the same time, we strongly recommend you book in self-directed time (you can find out more about this below!)

Make a full day of your visit

When making your booking through Eventbrite, you’ll be asked if you want to book a space for lunch and self-directed time, too.

Self-directed time is essentially a booking to explore the museum in a large group. You need to book it in so we know we can accommodate your class alongside other visitors. It does not include any activities led by museum staff – so please plan your time accordingly.

Pre-visit info

To make the most of your visit, make sure you download and read the following documents. These include detailed information on what to expect from the day. For example: timings, locations, T&Cs and risk assessment.

A link for these will also be included on your confirmation email and ticket.

Book the Who was William Wilberforce? Experience Day for your school

We are currently using Eventbrite for bookings while we move over to new system. Any reference to FREE on the Eventbrite system relates only to not being charged at the point of booking. These sessions are NOT free – all schools will be invoiced following your visit based on the booking details you provide. Prices are listed above.

Summer Term 2024 - Sold out

Our bookings for the Summer Term have now sold out. 

Autumn Term 2024

Bookings are now open to all schools for the Autumn Term.

Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel or change your booking, you can do this by logging into the Eventbrite account you used to make your booking.

Our cancellation policy states: If you accept this visit but are unable to attend, please cancel your visit via Eventbrite by logging into your account and cancelling your booked ticket. We ask that where possible, you do this within 7 working days of the visit to free up the slot for another school. 

Please note: if you cancel your visit with less than 24 hours’ notice of the booked slot, you will be charged £50.