August 1st 1834: Britain abolishes slavery

August 1st 1834: Britain abolishes slavery

On this day in 1834, slavery was abolished in the British Empire as the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act came into force. Whilst slavery had not existed in England since the late 18th Century, it was still permitted throughout the empire until the 1833 act. However, after the act many remained enslaved simply redesignated as ‘apprentices’. This practice was gradually banned in the next few years.