Transatlantic Slave Trade Unit, Thursday June 4, 4pm-5pm

Education | May 26, 2020

Reading time: 3 minutes

In March, the National Museum of Bermuda held its first Teacher Professional Development workshop. Over the past two months, the world has changed and we have all had to adapt to the new norm of video conference calls and online learning. In response, the Museum has accelerated its digital offerings and this webinar is a way to reconnect with educators and discuss new remote lesson content while abiding by current social distancing guidelines.

At a time when people are increasingly using technology to work, learn and collaborate, NMB has developed online learning units and platforms to support teachers and parents during this time and beyond. Based on current research and with contributions from Dr. Clarence Maxwell, the first unit Transatlantic Slave Trade is an extension of the exhibits on Slavery and Slavery in Bermuda, featured at the NMB in the Commissioner’s House.

Join Lisa Howie (NMB Dir. Of Learning & Engagement), Dr. Janet Ferguson (NMB Education Committee Chair), Dr. Clarence Maxwell (Assistant Professor of History, Millersville University; NMB Education Committee), Nicole Grant (Social Studies Officer, Department of Education) and Dr. Deborah Atwood (NMB Curator) for a presentation and conversation about the unit. Teachers will be asked for feedback at the start and closure of the webinar to give insight on how NMB can be further supportive.

Register today!

About the Unit:

Endorsed by the Department of Education, the unit follows the curriculum for M2 students, specifically the history of slavery, the trade circuit, the conditions of the Middle Passage, and Bermudians and the Middle Passage.

Standards developed include:

08.SS.G3   Describe the origins of the transatlantic slave trade

08.SS.G4   Describe the slave trade regions and goods traded

08.SS.G5   Describe the conditions of transporting enslaved Africans to North America, the Middle Passage

Designed as an e-book to be used in conjunction with traditional school materials (notebooks, dictionaries, pencil crayons), the unit is set up as a series of investigations that follow the path of ’thinking like a historian’. Learners engage with the materials by asking questions, both of themselves and of the content to which they are being introduced.

To provoke investigation, the unit includes a diverse selection of art and artefacts from the museum collection, as well as global sources.  As an in-house design, the online unit serves as a ‘pilot project’ and the museum seeks feedback from the users, both teachers, and students. Following feedback, the unit will be formally designed as a page-turning e-book.

This online unit provides a unique opportunity for learners at home to engage with important and sensitive history and to share what they have learned with their families.

Teacher Edition:


Student Edition:


Webinar Details:

Thursday, June 4, 2020


Programme Aims

  • To present the NMB’s robust online library of resources with the direction of curator Deborah Atwood
  • To present the key terminology of the unit: slavery, enslavement, human trafficking
  • To closely review the matrix that underpins the method of instruction and assessment for the transatlantic slave trade e-book
  • To discuss the ways in which critical analysis and empathetic responses are developed through investigations of artifacts, personal reflections, and creative responses
  • To listen to teacher feedback on the unit and the website

Programme Objectives

  1. Teachers will develop their understanding of what is available online at the NMB
  2. Teachers will be provided a perspective on the language used to describe the transatlantic slave trade
  3. Teachers will understand the NMB matrix which underpins museum programmes
  4. Teachers will have the opportunity to investigate and interrogate the e-book content with several of the contributors

Teaching Methods
Ideally, educators have read the e-book prior so that we can have a fast-paced presentation and conversation about the content. Teachers will be asked for feedback at the start and closure of the webinar to give insight on how NMB can be further supportive.


  • Teachers will receive Professional Development hours 
  • Endorsed by the Department of Education

How to Register        
Register with Lisa Howie:

Wednesday, 3 June

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