Diary: Hull pays tribute to slavery reformer

A unique research centre to examine the issues surrounding slavery is to be created in Hull in tribute to the work of William Wilberforce, the reformer who battled to eradicate the practice 200 years ago.

The University of Hull has been awarded £1.3 million by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward to establish a facility to explore the history and modern meaning of slavery. The £2 million Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation will be based in the grade II listed Oriel Chambers in Hull's Old Town.

The property has been leased from project partner Hull City Council at a cut-price rent and will be refurbished over the next few months. It will form the centrepiece of celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery in the UK in 2007.

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