Museum displays rare William Wilberforce drawing

William Wilberforce.

Published: Wednesday 30th November 2016 by Ciara Ruane

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Wilberforce House Museum is displaying a rare drawing by a young William Wilberforce for a limited time.

The drawing will be exhibited until Friday, January 20 as part of a new display case purchased through public donations.

The drawing was done by the famous abolitionist when he was a child in the 1760s and depicts his nanny, Mrs Locken.

Other artefacts include ceramics painted with characters from Harriet Beecher-Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Vanessa Salter, the assistant curator of projects at Hull Museums, hopes the drawing will provide a glimpse into his childhood.

She said: “This hand-drawn illustration of William Wilberforce shows he was just like any other little boy and wanted to send this letter to his nanny to show how much he loved her.

“Due to the generosity of the public, we have managed to purchase a new display case to exhibit exciting objects for the public to see.”

The Wilberforce House Museum is based at the birthplace of William Wilberforce in the museums quarter. It is free to enter and open Monday – Friday between 10am and 5pm and Sunday between 1.30 and 4.30pm.

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Published: Wednesday 30th November 2016 by Ciara Ruane

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