Anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce has been "brought back to life" by 3D technology in his home city, 210 years after the passing of the slave trade abolition legislation he championed.

Experts from the University of Hull and The Glasgow School of Art have created a real-time, interactive digital 3D version of Wilberforce, using motion capture technology, to mark the anniversary of the 1807 Slave Trade Act.

The launch of Virtual Wilberforce, on Thursday at the university's Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, coincides with a special lighting of Hull's Wilberforce Monument

It will be available to see at his birthplace, Wilberforce House Museum, throughout Hull's tenure as UK's City of Culture.

Drama student Adan Osborne, 22, provided the voice and physical movements for Virtual Wilberforce.

Mr Osborne said: "It has been a privilege to be involved in this project, and a unique and exciting opportunity for me as a drama student to play such an inspirational figure, although no-one will see my face.

"I didn't know much about Wilberforce when I began, but after re-creating his life story and his famous speech to Parliament, I'm extremely proud to help bring him back for this City of Culture year, and share his story to inspire more people."

John Oldfield, director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation said: "Wilberforce's story is so extraordinarily powerful, we wanted to do it justice.

"The battle he went through tells us so much about the terrible effects of slavery and why every one of us must play our part to eradicate it.

"Virtual Wilberforce, played by one of our own drama students, Adan Osborne, provides insight into Wilberforce's inspirational fight against slavery, the obstacles he faced during his campaign, and the great fortitude he displayed, often against great odds.

"By installing interactive life-sized screens across Hull during this City of Culture year, we want people to recognise the lessons from Wilberforce's story and understand the ongoing fight we all face in combating the global slavery problem today.

"We hope it will inspire others to take up the fight."

Wilberforce was born in Hull in 1759, was first elected MP for the city in 1780 and led the abolitionist movement for 20 years.

The 1807 Act abolished the slave trade in the British Empire but slavery itself was not abolished for another 26 years.

Kevin Hyland, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, said: "The work of the abolitionists, led by William Wilberforce, was the first grassroots human rights campaign, in which men and women from different social classes and backgrounds volunteered to end the injustices of others."

He said: "He shifted mind-sets, as people started to view slavery, for the first time, as a national crime.

"We face this same challenge today, with up to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK today, we need to learn from the commitment, determination and ambition of the abolitionists 210 years ago, and help people understand that this is serious, organised crime."