At each stop on the walk there will be a story and an activity. Worksheets for children to use during the walk need to be downloaded and printed off at school and brought with you.
Story Three: Peter Peckard (1718–1797)
Great St Marys
This stop takes place at Great St Marys church and explains the life of Peter Peckard, who became the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University. He was a priest and one of his jobs was to preach sermons in this church. He heard a story about a slave ship called the Zong that shocked him so much that he preached sermons about it. He also had an impact on other people were have heard about at stops 1 and 2; helping Olaudah Equiano to travel around England and sell his book as well as setting the title in the writing competition that Thomas Clarkson entered.
It also explains the work of another of the anti-slave campaigners called Josiah Wedgewood, who owned a pottery business. He was very rich, and he paid one of his workers to design a logo against slavery, using Peckard’s title. This logo was stamped on letters and leaflets, but also used on badges, brooches, and even on plates and teapots. People could show they were against slavery and spread the word by using and wearing these things.
Children will have the opportunity to see and try on a stole of the time period, as well see some replica Wedgewood brooches. They can also discuss themes preached by Peter Peckard.