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Ndaba Mandela to come to Liverpool for Slavery Remembrance Day

1 July 2015 by Lucy

Image of Ndaba Mandela

Ndaba Mandela will be joining us for Slavery Remembrance Day this year

We are really pleased to announce that Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the beloved and iconic Nelson Mandela, has accepted an invitation to deliver the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture this year on Friday 21 August.

The lecture is part of our plans for the city’s sixteenth annual Slavery Remembrance Day, which has been taking place since 1999. There’s three days of activities, with the main day of events taking place on Slavery Remembrance Day itself, Sunday 23  August.

As well as remembering those lost through the transatlantic slave trade, Slavery Remembrance Day also reminds us of the threat of racism and discrimination in modern society.

Continuing to keep Mandela on the world’s mind, Ndaba fuels the fiery message that one person can make a difference. He will deliver the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture on Friday 21 August at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr building at Albert Dock, Liverpool, before leading the International Slavery Museum’s annual ‘Walk of Remembrance’ on Sunday 23 August.

Ndaba Mandela follows previous high-profile speakers who have visited Liverpool to deliver the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture, named after a woman described as ‘Liverpool’s greatest fighter against racism’, Dorothy Kuya, who was instrumental in helping set up Slavery Remembrance Day in the city, and the International Slavery Museum which opened in 2007.

Memorial Lectures in recent years have been delivered by civil rights campaigner Mr Martin Luther King III, renowned activist and scholar Dr Maulana Karenga, civil rights campaigner Diane Nash and Zimbabwe’s first Black cricketer Henry Olonga.

Ndaba will also take part in a series of events in the city including a special literary event ‘Poets Against Apartheid – The Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron’ and Liverpool International Music Festival’s commissioned event ‘The Revolution Will Be Live’ at St. George’s Hall.

He will also visit local children at The Greenhouse Multi-Cultural Play and Arts Project in Toxteth and meet with the committee of The Mandela Foundation, who are working with the City to develop a permanent memorial to Ndaba’s grandfather the late Nelson Mandela.

As the Founder and Chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, Ndaba has a vision to encourage young Africans to empower themselves to be at the forefront of Africa’s development. He is co-founder and Executive Director of MM Afrique Investments and Founder of the Mandela Project.

Slavery Remembrance Day is organised by National Museums Liverpool in partnership with Liverpool City Council.

Events include:

  • Friday 21 August: Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture by Ndaba Mandela at the Dr Martin Luther King Jnr building, Albert Dock. Sense of Sound will open this year’s event with a choir performance. Doors open at 5pm and the lecture will start at 6pm. Tickets are free but booking is essential for this free event. Booking details to follow shortly at: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/srd
  • Saturday 22 August: Family events from 1-4pm at the International Slavery Museum
  • Sunday 23 August: Walk of Remembrance (starts noon) through Liverpool city centre and Libation ceremony (starts 1pm) at Albert Dock. Everyone is free to join the walk. Following the Libation a variety of events will take place at the International Slavery Museum including commemorative arts and crafts activities.
  • Sunday 23 August: Poets Against Apartheid – The Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron, featuring poets Malik Al Nasir, Tayo Aluko and Jean Binta Breeze, with accompaniment of the Nicky Brown Gospel Choir.

Time capsule discovery – a glimpse of Liverpool life, 1856

29 June 2015 by Andrew

Kay Jones, Curator of Urban Community History at the Museum of Liverpool, blogs about a time capsule recently acquired by the museum that is on display until 27 July 2015, as part of the Festival of Archaeology.

Contents of the time capsule donated to the Museum of Liverpool.

Contents of the time capsule donated to the Museum of Liverpool.

“This intriguing time capsule was recently unearthed by builder John Connell during renovation work at the ‘Scandinavian Hotel’ on the corner of Nelson Street in the city centre. Developer, Downing converted the building into student accommodation, The Arch, after it lay derelict for many years.

The building was originally constructed as a workshop, warehouse and showroom for Abbott’s Cabinet Makers. The foundation stone, embedded with the time capsule, was laid on Tuesday 9 December, 1856 by the owner Samuel Abbott Esquire. Several members of the Abbott family, along with Henry Summers, Architect and Jones and Co., builders were also present.  Read more…

Broken Lives: finding the past and freeing the future

26 June 2015 by Sarah

Richard Benjamin ISM blog for Broken Lives 25.6.15 WEB SMALLDr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, looks at the different ways we can learn from history to end social injustices, as new exhibition ‘Broken Lives: slavery in modern India’, opens at the Museum today…. Read more…

Immerse yourself in Ticket to Ride

25 June 2015 by Andrew

Marcia (pupil at St Vincent's school), during the filming of her journey for Ticket to Ride with film maker Paul McCann.

Marcia (pupil at St Vincent’s school), during the filming of her journey for Ticket to Ride with film maker Paul McCann.

Ticky Lowe, artist and Director of Making Sense, makes interactive and multi-sensory artworks and interpretation for museums and galleries. Her latest display, Ticket to Ride opened at the Museum of Liverpool last week. Ticky blogs for us here, describing the project that runs until 4 September 2015.  Read more…

Plant models collection now online

25 June 2015 by Lynn

Here, Curator of Botany, Donna Young reveals a fascinating part of our botanical collection, Brendel’s anatomical plant models and how they were used as teaching aides.

A dismantled oat model

“Down in the basement of World Museum there is a room with cabinets lining the walls. Inside these cabinets are an amazing collection of large and very colourful plant models. You may have seen some of them displayed in our atrium or in our Clore Natural History Centre.  Read more…

The Lusitania’s last voyage

24 June 2015 by Sarah

Captain Turner spots a film crew on the New York pier as the Lusitania departs for the last time. © J Kent Layton Collection

Captain Turner spots a film crew on the New York pier as the Lusitania departs for the last time. © J Kent Layton Collection

This is the 8th blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Read more…

Inspired by Wedgwood

24 June 2015 by Ann

In her latest blog behind the scenes at the Lady Lever Art Gallery South End redevelopment project Angelica Vanasse gives us an insight in to her work with local schools and explains how their input will form part of the new displays opening in Spring 2016.

Marie Canning working with a student from Prenton High School for Girls

Marie Canning working with a student from Prenton High School for Girls

The South End development project at the Lady Lever Art Gallery isn’t just about the incredible restoration and conservation of the galleries, but also about developing relationships with local schools and community groups. As part of the project, year 10 students from Prenton High School for Girls recently reinterpreted Wedgwood pottery from the Gallery’s collections in the form of miniature porcelain sculptures. Their tiny creations will be used as part of the new displays in the South End, bringing a fresh perspective to our displays when they reopen next year.  Read more…

Maya world: a rainforest civilisation

23 June 2015 by Ann

Temple of Five Floors, Edzna

Edificio de los Cinco Pisos, or Temple of Five Floors, Edzna Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia – Fotógrafo Ignacio Guevara.

The ancient Mayas built one of the world’s most successful and brilliant civilisations, tantalising remains of which survive.  Colossal stone cities were the centre of Maya culture.  These cities were home to dramatic pyramids that housed temples and the palaces of the Royal courts.  Here they developed a complex writing system and recorded their own history.    Read more…

Happy Father’s Day!

19 June 2015 by Megan


George Holt, Robert E Morrison

To celebrate Father’s Day we have a special blog on George and Emma Holt.

Emma Holt was the only child of George and Elizabeth Holt, born in 1862. The Holt family settled at Sudley House when Emma was 21, where she remained for the next 60 years of her life. Read more…

Celebrating International Yoga Day

19 June 2015 by Paula

19th century indian figure

Image courtesy of National Museums Liverpool

Dr. Chrissy Partheni, our Curator of Classical Antiquities shares her love of yoga:

“21 June has been declared International Yoga Day and huge preparations are under way, not only in India, but across the world to mark the positive effect yoga has on individuals and communities. Whether you attend a class on the day or practice at home this is an opportunity to give thanks to those who have devoted their lives in making yoga accessible to all, passing on their knowledge and practice as well as to join in the spirit of universal human consciousness. Read more…

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