The University of Hull and the School of Simulation and Visualisation (SimVis) at The Glasgow School of Art are bringing pioneering abolitionist, William Wilberforce, whose movement led to the passing of the Slave Trade Act (25 March 1807), ending Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, back to life with innovative 3D technology.
William Wilberforce, born in Hull in 1759, was a leading MP and the man behind the movement to end slavery in the UK.
To mark the 210th anniversary of the passing of the Slave Trade Act, and to celebrate the Hull’s legacy of freedom in its City of Culture year, experts from the University of Hull and The Glasgow School of Art have used the same 3D wizardry found in blockbuster Hollywood films to create ‘Virtual Wilberforce’.
He features in a series of short animated videos, talking about his powerful life story and fight for freedom in his own words, from his first speech against the African slave trade in the House of Commons in 1789 through to his death in 1833. It is hoped that these will inspire positive change today through learning lessons from the past.
This event will also include the lighting of the Wilberforce Monument by Hull City Council as part of the £25m transformation of the city centre, supported by the William Wilberforce Monument Fund.
Following this, Virtual Wilberforce will then appear at Paragon Station and in Wilberforce House Museum, during the course of Hull’s City of Culture year to celebrate the life and work of this important figure, and serve as a reminder of the ongoing fight against slavery we all face today.