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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.
Read more…

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…

Inspiring women photographers

6 March 2014 by Sam

Rebecca Seeley Harris standing in front of a photo of her great grandmother in the Congo

Rebecca Seeley Harris said she felt very proud of her pioneering great grandmother Alice when she visited the Brutal Exposure exhibition

Marilyn Monroe famously claimed “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world”. However, two exhibitions that have opened recently on Liverpool’s waterfront show that if you give a girl a camera then she can change the world.

Brutal Exposure: the Congo at the International Slavery Museum features photographs taken by Alice Seeley Harris when she and her husband were working as missionaries in the Congo Free State in the early 1900s. They became active human rights campaigners after witnessing first hand the atrocities carried out in the name of King Leopold II. Read more…

Women living in eastern Congo: Mukonondo’s story

28 February 2014 by Felicity

Image of two Congolese women

Women for Women International support women affected by the conflict in eastern Congo

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Women for Women International will be holding a free talk at the International Slavery Museum about their work with the families and communities that have been devastated by the conflict in eastern Congo. They will also show a short film telling some of the stories of the women they serve.

Mukonondo is one of many women who has received help from the charity. She shares her journey with us here: Read more…

New Tate piece explores artist’s connection to the enslaved

27 February 2014 by Felicity

Image of Visceral Canker by Donald Rodney

Donald Rodney Visceral Canker 1990 © The estate of Donald Rodney

A new exhibition titled  Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain opens at Tate Liverpool tomorrow. One of the key pieces in the exhibition tells the story of Britain’s involvement with the slave trade in a striking, visual form. Read more…

Laura Facey school art project

18 February 2014 by Mitty

Laura Facey and school group

I wanted to tell you more about a very exciting project we did with the artist Laura Facey. She has a new International Slavery Museum exhibition ‘Their spirits’ on the ground floor of the Maritime Museum. She was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to work with some year 9 students from Enterprise South Liverpool Academy.  Read more…

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