Hand-written note and book from Wisbech anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson to go on display at Peckover House

Peckover House

Peckover House - Credit: Archant

A RARE book and hand-written note from Wisbech’s famous anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson will be on display when Peckover House opens its doors on March 2.

Clarkson led a successful campaign 200 years-ago against the slave trade. He is commemorated by the town’s Clarkson Memorial and in the film “Amazing Grace”, but he is less well known as an author.

The book and note were discovered by house manager Ben Rickett.

He said: “It seems that Thomas Clarkson gave a copy of his new book to a member of the family in 1836 and signed the gift.

“There is also a hand-written note of his enclosed in the book, so it is a significant find - not just for us, but for everyone in Wisbech.”

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The book and note will be on display in the library.

There will also be “Behind The Scenes” tours available on the weekend of March 2 allowing visitors to view parts of the house not normally seen.

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Tickets for the tours are limited and cost £2.50 plus the normal entrance charge for day members (£7.20 adults, £3.60 children.)

Entrance to the property is free for National Trust members. For more information call 01945 583463

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