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A New York perspective on the International Slavery Museum

21 July 2010 by Lynn

Chase Delano, visiting us from Connecticut, close to New York, shares with us her experience of a rainy trip to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.


Chase Delano

Appropriately, it was raining as I made the trek down to the Merseyside Maritime Museum of Liverpool. Despite the rain, friendly strangers stopped to help point me in the direction of the museum—a kind gesture one might not find in the busy streets of New York, especially on a rainy day. I followed a wet crowd through the gates leading down Albert Dock and into the doors of the museum. The place was filled with people of all ages—from grandparents to grandchildren—and amongst the four floors of different exhibitions, each generation found something of interest to them. Read more…

Celebrating Women

17 March 2010 by Laura

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Dancer, Fen Fen at the International Slavery Museum’s ‘Celebrating Women’ event

Our Head of Communities, Claire Benjamin, tells us more about the ‘Celebrating Women’ event:


“Following the news that the first woman ever in Oscar history has won the directing award, I thought it quite fitting to highlight further female achievement at the International Slavery Museum.

Last week we marked International Women’s Day with ‘Celebrating Women’, an event during which we unveiled three new plaques on the Black Achievers Wall. Aretha Franklin, Diane Nash and Andrea Levy now have pride of place on the wall, joining a growing list of esteemed great Black achievers.
 
A plaque for Aretha Franklin, who achieved a total of 45 ‘Top 40′ hits, is now on display near by Barack Obama’s plaque, who she sang for at his presidential inauguration ceremony in 2009. She is joined by Andrea Levy, award winning British author whose book ‘Small Island’ was the centre of the biggest mass-reading initiative ever taken place in Britain back in 2007. Read more…

News from the Grand Rue

10 February 2010 by Richard

Man holding a bracelet

International Slavery Museum collections development officer Stephen Carl-Lokko with ankle bracelet from Niger

Hello

I am sure most people like myself and the staff at International Slavery Museum have been keeping up-to-date with the unfolding humanitarian tragedy in Haiti, a result of the catastrophic earthquake on 12 January. Out of this disaster we received some welcome good news recently that one of the Haitian artists involved with the Freedom! sculpture on display in the museum, Guyodo (Frantz Jacques), along with his family, are fine, as well as several colleagues from the Grand Rue artists collective, but sadly his home was destroyed. We are currently looking to develop a long-term sustainable partnership with Haiti, possibly with an artists collective. Due to the imagination and creativity of Haitian artists this is a real possibility. Interestingly the Ghetto Biennale was held in Grand Rue in December which is a fascinating project and a good starting point for any future collaboration. Read more…

Another great year for the International Slavery Museum

21 December 2009 by Richard

woman holding a certificate

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!

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

24 November 2009 by Karen

Two men shaking hands on a stage

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…

Flying the flag against homophobia

3 November 2009 by Kay

two women holding up a large flag with broad stripes in rainbow colours

Head of objects conservation,Vivien Chapman, (left) inspecting the flag in the textile conservation studio

This special Rainbow Flag was recently donated to the Museum of Liverpool’s permanent collections and will be displayed pride of place in the People’s City gallery in the new Museum of Liverpool when it opens in 2011.

This flag represents a very important first in Liverpool. It was flown above Liverpool Town Hall for the first time for the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May 2009. It is just one of the many objects with amazing stories which curators seek out to ensure contemporary issues and events in the city are represented for the future. International Day Against Homophobia marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation took homosexuality off its list of mental illnesses. It is hard to believe that until relatively recently this was still the case but with recent homophobic attacks in Liverpool it is all too apparent that there is a long way to go in challenging prejudice and intolerance. Read more…

Slavery Remembrance Day Festival 2009

25 August 2009 by Sam

Here’s a special report on this year’s Slavery Remembrance Day Festival from our ‘woman on the ground’, Claire Benjamin:


Diane Nash

Diane Nash. Copyright Simon Webb

“Over 5000 visitors enjoyed a weekend-long programme of events during the Slavery Remembrance Day Festival 2009. Held from 21-23 August, it got off to a powerful start with the annual lecture delivered by civil rights activist Diane Nash at Liverpool’s Town Hall. Vikki Evans-Hubbard in role as the young Diane performed a section of ‘Keep Your Eyes On The Prize’, a dramatic retelling of her struggle as a student, before introducing the real Diane Nash to the audience. ‘Keep Your Eyes On The Prize’ is staged regularly at the International Slavery Museum, check the Events and activities page to find out when you can see it next. Read more…

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