This summer I was fortunate to meet Marilyn Young, when she made her second visit to Liverpool. Marilyn is an independent researcher from the US, whose interest in Black diasporic communities has taken her all over the world.
In this guest blog, Marilyn describes how retracing cities along the Atlantic has led to her personal Sankofa journey.
“I was born in the state of Alabama so naturally I’m familiar with the topic of the transatlantic slave trade. But visiting Liverpool for the first time 10 years ago struck me and in many ways started my Sankofa journey.
I saw what my ancestors experienced from another side of the Atlantic and this piqued my interest to dig deeper. Read more…
Black Salt: Britain’s Black Sailors exhibition opens today. Revealing the historically overlooked experiences of Black seafarers, the exhibition and the book it is based on – Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships – reveal how Black sailors contended with the dangers and hazards of life at sea, and challenged inequality on board and ashore. The book’s author Liverpool historian Dr Ray Costello, blogs about some of the roles those sailors would have had. Read more…
About a month ago I had the pleasure of meeting Bee Tajudeen and Cynthia Silveria when they were up visiting Liverpool and popped into the International Slavery Museum. Bee is the founder of Black Blossoms, she and tell us about the organisation and their incredible exhibition which is on until 30 September in the Royal Standard in Liverpool. Artist Merrissa Hylton also talks about her work which is featured as part of the display.
Black Blossoms, an organisation which aims to amplify the voices of Black women in the creative industries, have begun their art exhibition tour across the UK. Their first location is The Royal Standard Gallery in Liverpool. The exhibition explores socio-political issues, feminism and self love from the perspective of self identifying Black women artists, living in Britain in 2017. Read more…
Heritage consultant Heather Roberts will be leading our Tell your story- How to archive workshop on Saturday – the latest of our fantastic free Sankofa project events. You can book your place by following the link here.
Heather tells us about some of the really interesting work she’s been doing in Manchester to support communities uncovering their own hidden histories:
“On the Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians project with Manchester Histories, I am working with five community groups on a wonderful archive project. I am guiding them through the process of finding, valuing and displaying their history.
One such organisation is Oldham Youth Council. They wish to reveal the heritage and histories hidden in their members’ families to highlight how diversity makes for stronger teams with shared goals. Read more…
9 August 2017 by Eleanor Webster
Can you believe it’s August? With friends and family jetting off on exotic holidays and the parks full of children enjoying their summer break, it hardly seems like the right time to start talking about Christmas. But at National Museums Liverpool, we’re talking about Christmas all year round, whether it’s our innovative team of chefs planning next years festive dinners, or our award-winning events team sourcing decorations for our unique venues. But with only 100 days to go until our first all-inclusive festive party, the pace is really beginning to pick up. Read more…
24 July 2017 by Megan
Six long weeks to fill and entertain the kids is looming. But National Museums Liverpool has a fun-filled summer of events and activities planned for the whole family so there is no excuse to feel bored!
Here is a post from Cath Senker, co-organiser of a special reunion event held recently at the Merseyside Maritime Museum:
“In June 1967, at the outbreak of the Six-Day War, 14 merchant ships were passing through the Suez Canal. As hostilities erupted, they were ordered to halt in the Great Bitter Lake. Although the war was brief, after it finished, the Egyptian government refused the ships permission to leave. Those ships remained stranded in the Suez Canal until June 1975.
Four of them were British-flagged, including three from Liverpool shipping lines: MS Melampus and MS Agapenor from Blue Funnel Line, and MS Scottish Star from Blue Star Line. Over the period, 3,000 seafarers served on the trapped ships in the middle of a war zone, maintaining the vessels and protecting their valuable cargos. Although they came from both sides of the Iron Curtain, they formed a close community. Read more…
5 July 2017 by Andrew
“The ‘U boat peril’ was as Churchill himself said the only thing that really scared him during World War Two. But Liverpool and the people who lived through bombing, especially during the may Blitz in 1941, their story was never really spoken about during the war. So I thought to bring the story to life, become someone who lived through it all, both on land and at sea.
Lights Out, Liverpool! is the reminiscences of sailor turned ARP warden, Jim Coleman who worked on the tugs on the River Mersey, before signing onto a tanker to bring much needed supplies back to Britain. Though a fictional character, his experiences are based on true stories that I’ve weaved together to give visitors a sense of the period during World War Two when Liverpool was a vital link in helping to win the War. Important events that affected the city that Jim talks about include the 1941 May Blitz and Battle of the Atlantic. We also get to hear that despite the challenges of the War, there was a great sense of humour on the docks.”
Performances are at intervals from 1.30 and are free, click here for more information.
8 June 2017 by Emma Walmsley
Over the past few months, I have been working on a new performance Titanic – A Race to the Rescue, to add to our programme of public events linked to the incredibly popular Titanic and Liverpool: The untold story exhibition at the museum. The performance had its premiere on Sunday 11 June, but visitors can enjoy it again on Sunday 16 July.
I wanted to find a point of view about the story that we hadn’t really explored before so was very excited when I hit upon the idea of looking more closely into the experiences of passengers aboard the rescue vessel, Carpathia. Read more…