The Freetown Society

The Freetown Society was formed in 1981 after the cities of Hull, UK and Freetown, capital city of Sierra Leone formed a civic partnership in 1979. The Freetown Society is a UK registered charity and it has a sister society, The Hull Society, in Freetown itself. Through these societies members develop a range of projects, partnerships and activities which keep our partnership active and vibrant.

Why Hull, why Freetown?

The two cities share a strong common bond in their links with William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833). The Hull-born member of parliament for Hull was a leading light in the slavery abolition movement. Freetown was established in 1787 as ’The Province of freedom’ a British colony for the re-settlement of freed slaves. After a troubled start the settlement grew, as the slavery reform movement gained strength, with further freed slaves building the colony. A large suburb of Freetown, on one of the city’s highest peaks, is named after Wilberforce.

The work of Wilberforce in promoting freedom is the foundation of Freetown Society’s aims , and the Society is proud to play a role in developing civic, cultural and economic partnerships between our two great cities.

Upcoming events

march, 2019

28mar8:00 pm- 9:30 pmScreening of 'Survivors'

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Over the last 18 months, @HullTruck have been on an artistic journey with colleagues from Freetown. Their group, na… https://t.co/fWVzu8M9c9
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RT @tonyreilly5: This is exactly what we mean when talking about bringing the world into your classroom @slbritish @UKinSierraLeonehttps://t.co/ezKa0Zuebz
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Here is a link to an upcoming screening of @WeOwnTV's film 'Survivors' which is being shown @HullTruck next Thursda… https://t.co/vmmSJSvmhW
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RT @stmaryqueenofm: In this @RadioHumberside clip you can see our pupils engaging in Sustainable Development Goals project work as well… https://t.co/EAOIUIDGaY
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RT @stmaryqueenofm: In his first week back at Empowering Children School in Freetown, Mr Kamara has been sharing photos of his time wit… https://t.co/6x3k8K7R5P
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Latest News

A tribute to our Executive Member, Dr Judith Preston-Anderson

The unexpected passing of our dear friend Judith means that our Freetown-Hull Partnership has lost a truly significant member. Judith

Chair’s Visit Report from the #TransformFreetown launch in Freetown.

I have recently returned from a wonderful week in Freetown where I was proud to represent the Freetown Society at

Our Open Evening Celebration

We had an incredible evening on October 23rd. It was a privilege to listen to Freetown's Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr. Her

A celebration of Hull Freetown week in Freetown

Following the entertaining Freetown Society Open Evening in Hull, I was honoured to represent the Society in Freetown to share