Activity Pack: Nottingham Monopoly

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Nottingham Monopoly Board

About this resource

This activity pack complements the core History resources focusing on Robert Smith, Eric Irons and George Africanus. It should be used after teaching on the core History session(s) has commenced and/or is completed. This activity explores the wider geographic links between Nottingham’s urban landscape and legacies of slavery

For this activity you will need to download the Monopoly PowerPoint presentation and instructions below.

Game overview

This game is only loosely based on Monopoly. It is designed to:

  • Reinforce previous teaching of the ‘Nottingham’s Legacies of Slavery’ core History resources through the reintroduction of individuals associated with Nottingham (especially Robert Smith, Eric Irons and George Africanus), and the provision of further information on people and places in Nottingham that link with legacies of transatlantic slavery.
  • Examine the ‘neutrality’ of Nottingham’s urban landscape (and to a lesser extent, the landscape of Nottinghamshire), looking in particular at commemorative aspects of Nottingham’s cityscape including street-names, statues and plaques.
  • Support a ‘deep dive’ teaching approach to the subject of transatlantic slavery.
  • Support a cross-curricular approach to teaching transatlantic slavery

The game is designed to help children to link Nottingham more readily with its legacies of slavery, and, in some instances, to understand further the role played by prominent people connected with Nottingham’s past in support of the transatlantic slave economy. The game board highlights key places (and people) that have been memorialised in Nottingham in some way – via street-names, statues, plaques and buildings. In addition to these links to the legacies of slavery, parts of the game board celebrate people of African-Caribbean heritage, and the places associated with them in Nottingham. The game reinforces the idea (explored within the activity Looking at Maps: the Links between Great Britain and Jamaica) that place-names – including street-names – should not always be seen as neutral, but are frequently political in nature.


Many thanks to the University of Nottingham for access to these resources.

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