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Elroy Josephz: “The most charismatic and wonderful teacher”

12 February 2014 by Dickie

Image of man in dance pose with museum cases showing off items such as a hat

Display about dance great Elroy Josephz at the International Slavery Museum (on show until 23 March 2014)

The late, great, Elroy Josephz would have been 75 next week (20 February). He came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s and went on to change the way dancers and choreographers thought about movement. Elroy was a dancer, actor, producer, and teacher. Here, one of Elroy’s former students remembers him fondly as mentor and friend. Read more…

Rianne’s internship

31 January 2014 by Mitty

Rianne at the entrance to the museum

We’ve been privileged to have Rianne working with us since September. Here’s what she has to say about her experience:

“My internship at the International Slavery Museum.

Hello, I’m Rianne, I’m 21 years old and I’m from Holland. For the final year of my Cultural Heritage study, we had to find an internship to put the theory we’d learnt to the test. Since I was curious to find out more about museums outside of Holland, I started to apply for an internship abroad. This is when I came across Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum. Read more…

Win tickets to a private view of two new exhibitions

21 January 2014 by Felicity

Their Spirits Gone Before Them by Laura Facey, 2006

Their Spirits Gone Before Them by Laura Facey, © Donnette Zacca

We’re thrilled to have not one, but two new exhibitions opening this month at the International Slavery Museum: Their Spirits (opens 31 January) and Brutal Exposure: the Congo (opens 24 January).

A joint private view for both exhibitions will be held on Thursday 30 January from 6-8pm, and we’re excited to announce that we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away! Read more…

The magic of Elroy Josephz – “The more we find out, the more fascinating he becomes.”

31 December 2013 by Dickie

Guest curator Ramsay Burt on the visitor response to our British dance: Black routes exhibition which looks at the experience of Black British dancers including the late, great, Elroy Josephz.

Dance legend Elroy Josephz bare chested dancing on stage

Elroy Josephz. Photo from Elroy Josephz archive coutesy of Sue Lancaster and Steve Mulrooney.

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Dr Richard Benjamin’s New Year wish: “A world free from discrimination and hate…”

23 December 2013 by Dickie

A photo of famous Black faces on a wall at the Museum

Nelson Mandela is on the Museum’s Black Achievers Wall. Photo copyright Lee Garland

The Long Walk continues.  Hello, it is always hard to write the final blog of the year.   Like previous years for the Museum, 2013 has been a bit of a whirlwind.   Read more…

Let’s keep Mandela legacy alive

10 December 2013 by Richard

green and yellow banner with the words Liverpool 8 against apartheid

Liverpool 8 Against Apartheid banner used in the 1980s.

Like millions of people across the globe I was saddened to hear the news that one of the great leaders of modern times – and a true freedom fighter – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, has passed away.  Such news is often hard to digest; things really don’t quite seem the same when someone of such stature, such presence and indeed familiarity is no longer with us.  But someone like Mandela will always leave an enormously influential legacy – in his case – hope rather than hate.   Even though he spent 27 years of his life in prison for his beliefs, fighting for political freedom and social justice, he still had the courage and character not to be engulfed by rage on his release from Robben Island in 1990. Read more…

Skype chat with a school in Virginia

4 December 2013 by Mitty

skype-chat

A few months back I was asked if it would be possible to do a Skype chat with a school in Virginia, USA.  A teacher had got in touch through the website after they had learnt about the sorts of school sessions that we do. Read more…

Takeover day!

25 November 2013 by David Fleming

ISM Takeover Day

On Friday I had the pleasure of attending two debates by schoolchildren at the International Slavery Museum (ISM) as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day. It was also the occasion of the launch of the ISM’s new Teachers’ Guide to the Legacies of Transatlantic Slavery. Read more…

New Legacies sessions for schools

13 November 2013 by Mitty

Image of a teachers' guide to the legacy gallery and object handling session.

Teachers’ guide to the legacy gallery and object handling session.

We’re officially launching a new session for schools. It focuses on the legacies of transatlantic slavery and is designed for key stage 3 and 4 students. It has been a while in the making and has been a real challenge to do but I’m really pleased with the outcome and how the session has shaped up.

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If walls could talk…

17 October 2013 by Richard

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Barbican Estate, London

Hello, First of all, please do check out our diverse list of Black History Month activities including several related to our most recent exhibition British dance: Black routes. Read more…

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