21 September 2016 by Sam
As the cult sci-fi series Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary this month it seems a fitting time to remember the ground-breaking nature of the original series and of one character in particular.
The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry brought together a diverse cast for the key roles to represent his dream of a future where all nations worked together in harmony for the good of the planet. The series might be set in space with a range of fantastical alien species but during the Cold War era it could have seemed just as unlikely to have the Russian officer Chekov working alongside his American colleagues on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
However, the most influential character of the 1960s series was probably Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols. Read more…
5 September 2016 by Sarah
Peter Ogunsiji is an issues-based artist from Toxteth in Liverpool, who aims to create works stimulating awareness, discussion and action.
Peter is a good friend of the Museum and has sent us the below poem, inspired by his recent volunteering work with Action for Blind People to raise awareness of diabetes related vision loss – Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people are 50% more likely to develop these conditions than Europeans. The poem is called ‘IT’ . Can you guess what ‘IT’ is?
17 August 2016 by Sarah
The Museum is looking ahead to Slavery Remembrance Day on 23 August. A crucial event in the fight to end the European transatlantic slave trade happened on this date in 1791, when there was an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of Saint Domingue (modern Haiti).
Thinking about this today, we are publishing a moving poem about slavery from Kenneth Samuels, a visitor to the Museum, who was actually born on 23 August – but 175 years after Haiti. Here is the poem with an introduction by Kenneth:
In June last year ‘Broken Lives – Slavery in Modern India’ opened at the International Slavery Museum, a powerful and moving exhibition revealing stories of hardship, survival and hope for broken lives mended.
The exhibition (open until 11 December), delivered in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network, focuses on the victims of modern slavery in India, most of who are ‘Dalits’. Many Dalits still experience marginalisation and prejudice, live in extreme poverty and are vulnerable to human trafficking and bonded labour.
Feedback from visitors to the exhibition has been incredible, for one particular individual though their visit has left a lasting impression… Read more…
8 July 2016 by Sarah
This week’s guest blogger, David Fiske, spent years investigating the life of Solomon Northup, the free Black man whose kidnapping and enslavement was the basis for the film ‘12 Years a Slave’. Sadly, the tragedy that befell Northup was not unique. David shares the history of William Houston, a free Black man living here in Liverpool (UK) in around 1840, who was enslaved in America: Read more…
29 June 2016 by Alison
Ever since Jon Daniel’s Afro Supa® Hero exhibition opened in May, I’ve been fascinated by some in the media questioning whether the age of the superhero is dead.
In a recent Guardian interview with Roland Emmerich, the German Film Director made his views on the subject clear: Read more…
Refugee Week (20-26 June) begins today, on World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. We’re marking this at the Museum with a roundtable on 22 June followed by a choir performance by Migrant artists Mutual aid (MaMa). We also have free, family craft sessions about Refugee Week. Read more…
This special blog post is written by Tony, Jon Daniel’s brother, who came all the way from Canada recently to see the Afro Supa Hero exhibition for the first time. Attributed as ‘the coolest person I knew growing up’, Tony was a massive inspiration for Jon – and was his first Afro Supa Hero….here’s Tony: Read more…
Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum’s is the big 3-0 this year and we are celebrating in style! We are taking you back to the 80s with DJ Barryoke playing the hits and a 1980s themed photo booth for visitors to capture all the fun. Performances, workshops and crafts will also be running over the two days (30 & 31 May). See our website for more details Read more…
13 May 2016 by Sarah
Afro Supa Hero opens at the International Slavery Museum today. Here, award-winning creative director, Jon Daniel, whose personal collection of comics, action figures and games are displayed, tells us about the inspiration for the exhibition and what he hopes you will take away from your visit: