A society memorialising a Weymouth MP who fought slavery is set to hold its annual meeting this month.

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton was an MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis between 1818 and 1837 and led the campaign to abolish slavery as an economic system.

Sir Thomas was a Christian social reformer, chosen as a champion by William Wilberforce to carry on the work towards the eventual abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire.

The Thomas Fowell Buxton Society is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 13, from 2pm to 4pm in the main hall at St Aldhelms Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth.

The Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Kate Wheller will preside over the meeting.

The trustee's report will be followed by a refreshment interval and then Joyce Fannon will give a presentation entitled Buxton’s letters, mail coaches and Buxton’s coaching journeys.  The talk investigates the 19th-century equivalents of our buses, taxis and private cars.

We know of Buxton’s eventful journeys through his many letters to family members. The most spectacular account is of the journey he made in 1839 through the Alps via the Mont Cenis Pass in a violent snowstorm.

The public is welcome to attend this and any of the society's events.