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Talk, Fri 7 Sep 2018, free entry

Heritage Open Days 2018 Talks

Heritage Open Days 2018 Talks


Heritage Open Days 2018 Talks: William Wilberforce, the ‘Great Change’, and the Hull connection, Dr David Bagchi

Ten years ago, the motion picture biopic Amazing Grace set out to tell the story of Wilberforce’s spiritual enlightenment and its impact on his long campaign in Parliament against the slave trade. But the film omitted a vital factor: the Hull connection. In this talk, David Bagchi, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Hull, attempts to put Hull back in the picture.
He looks at the crucial role played by the Hull schoolmaster Isaac Milner to what Wilberforce called his ‘Great Change’, and locates the particular version of Christianity which they both espoused (Anglican evangelicalism) in the context of the wider intellectual movements of their age, including the Enlightenment, the Evangelical Revival, and revolutionary ideas from France, with a focus on both Milner’s theological writings and Wilberforce’s now little-read bestseller, A Practical View (1797).

Free admission - there is no need to book in advance.

Gift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostWheelchairs available

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Event details

Dates Times
Fri 7 Sep 2018 10:00


Free entry



    Culture Campus

    01482 465683


    Market Place,
    HU1 1RR



    See location of Hull Minster on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: TA 099285  Lat: 53.74131 Long: -0.33516

    By Road:
    Follow brown tourist signs to Hull for 'The Deep'. Turn left at market place off A63.

    By Public Transport:
    Follow pedestrian street signs for Trinity Quarter, old town.


    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Welcome HostWelcome Host
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available

    Welcoming building within the limited restrictions of an ancient environment.