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Our mission

The Wilberforce Institute aims to advance knowledge of slavery and emancipation, informing policy, business practice and public debate at local, national and international levels.

Our mission is to produce high quality and innovative research on slavery in all its forms, historical and contemporary.

We do not see these as separate fields of inquiry; on the contrary, we regard history as a lens through which to study contemporary issues regarding slavery and exploitation. This is our unique selling point.