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Congratulations…Discovery Volunteers win Regional vinspired Award

10 November 2010 by volunteer

The volunteers’ team are happy to announce that our Discovery Volunteers project has been named the regional winner North West for THE UNITE AWARD for team activity at the vinspired Awards 2010.

Since summer 2009, 72 young people have been involved with the project, having volunteered on gallery at World Museum – chatting to our visitors about specially chosen handling objects. We are really pleased that this award recognises all their hard work and the positive impact that they have made within our museums. We would like to say a big well done to all the young people who have taken part as a Discovery Volunteer! Read more…

Good Friday!

24 September 2010 by Lisa

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We’ve just had some great news to start the weekend – we’ve been nominated for a number of awards so we thought we’d shout about it!

For the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) PRide Awards (North West), we are shortlisted in the  Public Sector  category for our PR work on the Museum of Liverpool.

We have also been shortlisted in the  Best  In House  Communications team category for the How-Do Public Services Awards.   

And last but not least the Lady Lever Art Gallery has been shortlisted for Attraction of the Year at this year’s Wirral Tourism Awards. Read more…

Major award for the Rush project

16 March 2010 by Sam

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Museum staff met Linford Christie at the ceremony

The innovative Rush programme, run by the Education team for the Seized! Revenue and Customs uncovered gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has been recognised with a prestigious award at the Kids Count Inspiration Awards 2010. Rush won the UK’s Best Contribution by a Community Group Award. Last week museum staff were presented with the award at a House of Commons ceremony attended by leading politicians and sporting celebrities including Olympic Gold Medalist Linford Christie.

Rush has been developed in response to concerns from teachers and youth leaders about the growing impact of drugs misuse on young Merseyside people and their families. Young people observe a commissioned theatre piece presenting an account of a girl who faces choices relating to experimenting with ecstasy and are then given the opportunity to question characters in the play which opens up discussions around the topic of drug use and its consequences. Read more…

Another great year for the International Slavery Museum

21 December 2009 by Richard

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Rebecca Watkin, curator of transatlantic slavery, with the 2009 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize certificate, in front of the Trafficked exhibition

Hello thereWell it has been another great year for the museum in so many ways, not least the fact we have now had over 850,000 visitors, but it has also been challenging, thought provoking and indeed humbling. There have been many highlights and some not so highlights of 2009. We were extremely proud that we achieved an Honourable Mention as part of the 2009 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence which rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.  It showed the museum was seen as a human rights campaigner by its peers. We also made the final of the National Lottery Good Causes awards and the European Museum of the Year awards in Bursa, Turkey.  We did not win but it was still a significant achievement for a museum which is only 2 years old.  We have hosted several very successful exhibitions including Black Britiannia and Trafficked and been visited by a host of important, interesting and often well known people such as the civil rights activist Diane Nash, who give the annual Slavery Remembrance Day memorial lecture, and the Liverpool boxing legend John Conteh. In February Richard LeBaron, Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy and Simon Woolley, national co-ordinator of Operation Black Vote, unveiled a plaque of President Barack Obama. Added to all this we continue to offer a vibrant learning programme which is both original and often groundbreaking.  There have unfortunately been some less celebratory events. In particular the loss of John Hope Franklin, one of the most important American historians of the 20th century and a great advocate of the International Slavery Museum. He will be fondly remembered by myself and all those fortunate to have met him. The year shockingly also saw the British National Party gain a degree of political kudos by winning seats at the European elections. Rather than sit idly by I hope that like the museum you support the Hope Not Hate campaign and make a stand against such organisations.Looking ahead I am convinced that International Slavery Museum will have an exciting, challenging and successful 2010. We are planning many events, for instance on 18 January (Martin Luther King Day in the US) we will be showing the film ‘Boycott’ about the 1955 Montgomery Bus boycott as a mark of respect. The inaugural Federation of Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) conference will also be held at the International Slavery Museum, which will bring together some of the leading human rights museums and institutions across the globe to see how we can work together to challenge issues such as racism and discrimination and the rise of the far right. The museum will continue to support Black History Month in October and there will be the annual Slavery Remembrance Day events. In March we will be launching a new exhibition called Beyond the Boundary which explores the relationship between cricket, culture, class and politics. There will be much much more so watch this space. By for now and I hope that many of you have a visit to the museum as one of your New Year resolutions!

DSC Social Change awards result

27 November 2009 by Karen

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Our runners-up certificate

You might remember that we asked you to vote for our Engaging Refugees and Asylum Seekers programme in the DSC Social Change Awards. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but were runners-up which out of 380 proposals and a longlist of 90 is still pretty good. We were also given a certificate featuring a rather fine cartoon from The Spectator and Private Eye cartoonist, Grizelda. Well done to the Papworth Trust who did win the category and ‘thank you’ to everyone who voted. Read more…

UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize recognises International Slavery Museum as a human rights campaigner

24 November 2009 by Karen

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Richard with Deputy Director-General of UNESCO – Mr Marcio Barbosa

Hello there
As you may be aware the International Slavery Museum was recently awarded an Honourable Mention as part of the 2009 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence which rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence .

The award ceremony was held at the UNESCO HQ in Paris.  I was accompanied by my colleague Claire Benjamin – Head of Communities here at NML. We met numerous permanent ambassadors and various UNESCO delegates and officials such as the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO – Mr Marcio Barbosa, and representative of the International Jury – Mr Mokhtar Taleb-Bendiab, to discuss how our organizations might work together in the future. Read more…

Award success

24 November 2009 by Karen

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Participants in our Engaging Refugees and Asylum Seekers project.

Good news. Last night our Engaging Refugees and Asylum Seekers project was given a Commended Award in the regeneration category in the Yorkshire Bank 150th Community Awards. More on the project on our Education and Communities pages.

Help us win a DSC Social Change Award

22 October 2009 by Karen

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We’re pleased to report that we’ve been shortlisted for yet another award, and again we need your help to win. The nomination is for our Engaging Refugees and Asylum Seekers programme and recognises our efforts to help people for the benefit of the whole community and generally change society for the better.

There’s more on the awards themselves, the DSC Social Change Awards, and details of how to enter on the award website. Voting closes on 6 November with the winners announced on 26 November. Vote for us now!!! Read more…