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Paddling spirit into our lives

11 July 2014 by Andrew

Laura Facey artwork from Their Spirits exhibition

Artist talk at the International Slavery Museum

In advance of Laura Facey’s in conversation talk with art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, Saturday 19 July at 2pm, the artist describes how it felt to work with the International Slavery Museum on Their Spirits.The talk is free, more information can be found here.

“Paddling spirits into our lives… these words were said by me but singled out by the International Slavery Museum as they interviewed me in October 2013 in preparation for my upcoming exhibition Their Spirits. It is a wonderful thing and an honor to be listened to so carefully that captions are made.  Read more…

Maya Angelou: a soulful life

30 May 2014 by Richard

Maya Angelou at TSGHello,

Sadly, the great poet, author and activist Maya Angelou – born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928 has passed.  She opened the Transatlantic Slavery gallery (predecessor to the International Slavery Museum) in 1994. Tony Tibbles, who later became the Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, worked closely on the development of the groundbreaking gallery and wrote an interesting article on how it came to be.   He notes how they persuaded Maya Angelou to attend the opening and indeed we still have a plaque in our collection which marks this unique event.  Read more…

Celebrating African World Cup legends

26 May 2014 by Mitty

African children holding two footballs

Image courtesy of Charity Ball

How do you explain football to someone who has never heard of it?

You don’t, you give them a ball.

Football is brilliantly absurd in how it manages to turn a simple and accessible game  into such an amazing spectacle. This June will see the World Cup come to Brazil and the biggest show of the year will be shared by literally billions of ecstatic football fans world wide, all hoping this will be their year to celebrate! Read more…

12 Years a Slave competition

13 May 2014 by Andrew

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12 Years a Slave first prize bundle

To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of 12 Years a Slave out May 12, we have three copies of the DVD, book and soundtrack to give away, as well as seven copies of the book and soundtrack. Read more…

MAMA perfomance at the International Slavery Museum

8 May 2014 by Mitty

choir singing on stage

We’re really lucky to be welcoming the  MAMA choir to perform at the International Slavery Museum on 10 May. Here are a few words from the group to explain what they stand for;

“We are MAMA, migrant artists mutual aid, an organization that brings together migrants in crisis.We come together in a group of mainly women asylum seekers who feel themselves under threat of removal from the UK. Together we try to explore options of campaigning, i.e. highlighting some of the injustices of the UK asylum system, and we give each other support and solidarity. Read more…

My Family, My Pride: Maroon Ancestry

7 May 2014 by Andrew

An image of guest blogger Kirsty Fitzpatrick

Guest blogger Kirsty Fitzpatrick

I don’t remember the first time I heard about my Maroon ancestry, Mother would talk about Jamaica often, stories about farming, school or just sitting on the veranda watching the sun set but the Maroon heritage heartened every story. Bump Grave, the blowing of the abeng, warriors disguised as trees; stories of real people, their customs and traditions passed down to me through my Mother. I do remember feeling the immense pride in belonging to a group of such resilient, resourceful and spirited people. Read more…

How Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery

1 May 2014 by Dickie

head and shoulders image of man smiling

Author and historian David Fiske

The film 12 Years a Slave, which tells the story of Solomon Northup, has gripped audiences around the globe. To coincide with the release of the movie on Blu-ray and DVD, author and historian David Fiske blogs about the man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
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Ancient African Empires

22 April 2014 by Mitty

bronze sculpture of a woman's head

Benin sculpture of the Queen Mother’s head

Fred, an Education Demonstrator at the International Slavery Museum, has written about one of the fascinating aspects of African history that you can find out about in the museum:

“As a slavery museum, we also learn about West Africa. European slave traders justified their mistreatment and exploitation of African people by painting a picture of Africa as a simple or “primitive” place compared to European civilisations. In reality, a series of powerful empires, with skilled craftsmen and complex societies existed in West Africa before and during the period of transatlantic slavery, including the once mighty Kingdom of Benin. We’ve added new objects to our Life in West Africa session to reflect this. Read more…

A short history of violence

19 March 2014 by Richard

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Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum looks at the different ways museums have told the story of violence. Read more…

What it means to be Congolese – by Petronelle Moanda

13 March 2014 by Felicity

Petronelle stands next to her quote, displayed in the Brutal Exposure: the Congo exhibition

Petronelle standing next to her quote, displayed in the Brutal Exposure: the Congo exhibition

When we asked Petronelle Moanda, Operations Manager at the Congolese Association of Merseyside, if she’d like to send us a quote to be displayed in our Brutal Exposure: the Congo exhibition, we were moved by her incredibly honest and insightful account of what it means to her to be Congolese.

Petronelle will be a panel member at a free discussion, ‘The Congo: now and then’ held at the International Slavery Museum on Saturday at 2pm. She shares her account with us here: Read more…