8 ways Yorkshire has changed the world

Just a few contributions from God’s Own County!

The Historic England Blog

Our capital city, London, is the heart of the political system and where power, protest and progress converge to make change a reality in law.

However, the great ideas and movements that have shaped our social and political history have sprung from across the nation.

Yorkshire folk like to speak their mind and when things need to change that’s not a bad thing. In the 19th and 20th centuries many of the biggest social and political changes originated or gained unstoppable momentum with the support of Yorkshire men, women and children.

Here are 8 ways Yorkshire people changed the way we live and work:

1. Advance the abolition of slavery

Exterior of Wilberforce House, Hull Wilberforce House in Hull is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, it is now a museum telling the story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. © Historic England Archive DP116303

Britain had profited considerably…

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