A Ku Klux Klan outfit in the museum
International Slavery Museum
By Paul Coslett
Take a video tour of the galleries at Liverpool's new International Slavery Museum.
Shackles, a Klu Klux Klan outfit and a silver centrepiece awarded to the slave trader who gave his name to Penny Lane are some of the exhibits at Liverpool’s newest museum.
The International Slavery Museum, the first of its kind in the world, is the latest addition to National Museums Liverpool.
The new museum explores the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery, alongside the important role that Liverpool played in the trade.
Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum says “We aim to make it a tool of social change in challenging misconceptions often held about slavery and its legacy.”
Opening two hundred years after the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade the museum also looks at the lasting impact of the slave trade on Africa, South America, the USA, the Caribbean and Western Europe.
Galleries in the new museum tell the story of how the slave trade operated and the appalling conditions on board the ships carrying slaves.
A model of a slave ship in the museum
The legacy of the slave trade is examined in galleries that look at the growth of the American Civil Rights movement and the musical and cultural legacy of the African diasporas.
A ‘Black Achievers Wall’ features biographies of people who have had an impact on lives internationally and in Britain.
Adjoining the museum is the 19th century Dock Traffic Office which from 2010 will house the International Slavery Museum Research Institute and Education Centre. The museum and research institute will be linked by an enclosed glass bridge.
The centre will act as a venue for public events and National Museums Liverpool hope it will become one of the world’s leading research institutes for human rights.
last updated: 18/09/07