Posts tagged with 'slavery'
How do you create a “choose-your-own-adventure” computer game about a hidden history that was conducted in secret, out of sight and under the cover of darkness? This task was explored by five remarkable students from Belvedere Academy as they created a series of scenarios, each with choices and consequences based upon the Underground Railroad, the code name for a network of secret routes, places and people that aided fugitives in the United States escape from Slave States to Free States.
The project will be showcased on the 27th of July and the 23rd of August as part of the Museum’s 10th anniversary programme of free events and talks, including its Slavery Remembrance Day commemorations.
In this special guest blog Gemma, one of the student collaborators, shares her experience of the project:
“The project that we are working on is to create a game to show what it was like for enslaved Africans to escape using the Underground Railroad. So far we have come up with different options for the game. In this project we hope to teach people more about the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the lives of escapees. We also want to teach people that we should all be treated equally and that no one is superior to another.
“A lot of people have been involved in the creation of this project: the Belvedere Academy History Club, the International Slavery Museum Education team and the artist Hwa Young Jung of Re-Dock. We all believe that this project is very important and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is an era of history that should not be overlooked or forgotten.
“I am very interested in this project as I find history very interesting. I am particularly interested in this project as I think it is a very good way to get the message across. I believe that creating the game will attract a wide range of audiences and spread the word about the severe struggle that many enslaved Africans faced. I have most enjoyed creating my own character for the game. We looked at different resources and studied a few cases which really helped me to fully understand and enabled me to create a realistic character to feature in the learning game.
“To help us with the project, we took a trip to the International Slavery Museum. Once we got there we were taken on a very interesting tour with Yazz from the Education team where we got to see key artefacts that helped us with the game. In the Education centre we learned more about the Underground Railroad, saw more artefacts and then made our own versions of Quilt Codes which will be used in our game”.
Find out more about quilt codes in our Quilt Codes activity session on 22 July at 11am.
On the 27th of July, between 3-4pm on gallery, you can get hands on with objects from the Museum’s Underground Railroad handling collection in our first Underground Railroad handling session , where you will uncover more about how enslaved people escaped to freedom. And on the 23rd August, between 2-4pm on the Quayside Gallery, in our special Underground Railroad handling session for Slavery Remembrance Day, you can experience the computer game for yourself, as well as getting hands on with objects from the Museum’s Underground Railroad handling collection.
24 November 2016 by Liz
Today we have a guest blog from Kerry Massheder-Rigby, History of Place Project Coordinator:
“For Disability History Month 2016 the History of Place project partnered with the Museum of Liverpool to launch a ‘Blind School’ trail on the Merseyside Map in History Detectives. This trail, about the history of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool, has been researched by volunteers as part of the History of Place Project, delivered by Accentuate. History of Place is a nationally significant social history programme which will chart disabled people’s lives from the middle ages until the late 20th century in relation to built heritage. In Liverpool the project is investigating the Royal School for the Blind, established in 1791. 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…
You may have seen discussions in the news about fair trade and supply chains recently? And Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 is fast approaching…
On 1 March, we are bringing together experts to discuss the Modern Slavery Act, and its ability to deal with British companies profiting from modern slavery in their supply chains.
This will be followed by a guided tour of our ‘Broken Lives: Slavery in Modern India’ exhibition.
Ahead of this, we’re speaking to Joe Kelly, an ESRC funded PhD researcher with the University of Liverpool and International Slavery Museum. His work focuses on the relationship between British businesses in the post-emancipation period. Here’s Joe’s guest-blog…. Read more…
26 January 2016 by Alison
According to Hannah Flint, Regional Development Executive, North of England – INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION® UK: “There are two reasons why I have loved working for International Justice Mission (IJM); the people I work with, and the people I work for. My colleagues in IJM India work alongside local authorities to rescue thousands of victims of slavery and trafficking each year. Read more…
15 October 2015 by Alison
Kumar Swamy is South India Director for the Dalit Freedom Network and is responsible for oversight of a range of on the ground education, healthcare and economic programmes run for the benefit of Dalit communities in India. These trafficking prevention projects are helping to bring about real change – not only freeing Dalits from modern forms of slavery, but freeing them from the factors that make them so vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in the first place. Here Kumar tells us of the challenges he faced growing up as a young Dalit boy in India, and of the work going on to bring about meaningful and long-lasting change in the country he loves. Read more…