The British Empire and Slavery History Projects

2 days /1 night


2 days /1 night

The British Empire was arguably the first global empire, and with it came aggressive capitalism, free trade and enforced labour. This tour gives students the chance to investigate the history of transatlantic slavery and the campaign to abolish it. Discover when London was the hub of the world’s largest empire and how the trade in enslaved Africans and sugar shaped London.

The British Empire Workshop and the Transatlantic Slavery workshop are both 4-hour sessions where students can handle objects and investigating unique archive collections at The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

“Helen was absolutely fantastic - she was always happy to help with any queries I had and was very prompt in her replies. I couldn't commend her highly enough.” 


Curriculum focus

  • Edexcel AS level: The British Empire Challenged.
  • AQA: Britain, migration, empires and the people depth study B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.
  • OCR A: Migration to Britain
  • OCR B: Migrants to Britain c1250 to present

What's included in the trip?

  • Executive coach travel
  • Accommodation on a Half Board basis
  • Educational Session at National Maritime Museum
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Vamoos Travel App
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:8 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Travel to London. Visit the Museum of London Docklands to learn how London became the hub of the world’s largest empire and how the trade in enslaved Africans and sugar shaped London.

    Check in to accommodation for evening meal

  • Day 2

    Morning visit to the National Maritime Museum in historical Greenwich, followed by an optional boat trip back into London. Board coach and return to school.


Enhance your trip

  • The Shard was designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. It has become the tallest building in Western Europe at a height of 1016ft.
  • The Tower of London is draped in history, first established by William the Conqueror and dating back to 1066. It has been the home of the Crown Jewels since the 1100’s. The Tower of London is now a World Heritage Site and one of London’s major tourist must see attractions.
  • Walk past the famous Cutty Sark and board at Greenwich Pier for a cruise along the Thames to Westminster.