Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3, from 21 August
The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool is marking its 10th anniversary this year, after first opening its doors on 23 August 2007 – the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade, and the annual date of Slavery Remembrance Day.
The International Slavery Museum is the only Museum in the world to look at the transatlantic slave trade and modern slavery.
Its 10th anniversary will be marked with the launch of a brand new exhibition, and a programme of special events and talks, beginning with a week of activity from Monday 21 August.
The anniversary launch week will be full of inspirational activities, starting with the opening of a specially curated exhibition; Ink and Blood: stories of abolition. There will also be a street carnival and commemorative events for the city’s 18th year of marking Slavery Remembrance Day, including a keynote lecture and the annual Walk of Remembrance and Libation, organised by the International Slavery Museum with support from Liverpool City Council.
The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of enslavement and slavery, both in a historic and modern context. Working in partnership with other organisations with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the Museum also provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacies of slavery today.
Since opening its doors in 2007, the International Slavery Museum has welcomed over four million visitors including 279,119 schoolchildren.
Dr. Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, said: “It is a proud moment for me, the team and National Museums Liverpool generally to have reached our 10th anniversary. Our aim was to inform, educate, and acknowledge the city’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, whilst actively challenging the legacies of that involvement such as racism and discrimination in Liverpool and beyond.
“We are pleased to offer a strong programme of free events so we can together mark our 10 years, and Slavery Remembrance Day. The opening of our latest exhibition, which looks at the human face of abolition, is a great reminder of the Museum’s roots, opening on the Bicentenary of An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, an important moment in the history of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.”
Ink and Blood: stories of abolition exhibition, Monday 21 August
The Museum reveals its new exhibition Ink and Blood: stories of abolition, which explores the personal stories of previously enslaved people and the lasting legacies of, and contemporary responses to, abolition.
Ink and Blood: stories of abolition brings together a fascinating private collection, iconic documents from leading museums and archives, and rare objects from both the Anti-Slavery International library and those collected as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures project. The exhibition tells the stories of those affected by abolition (the ending of slavery) and later, freedom. It is an opportunity to see abolition up close through ink (paper) and blood (people).