Museums in Merseyside

International slavery museum

International slavery museum

Opened in August 2007 and in March 2010, the International Slavery Museum welcomes million of visitors. It is the only museum of its kind to look at the aspects of contemporary and historical slavery as well as being an international place for human rights resources issues.

The vision of the museum

The greatest forced migration in the history is the transatlantic slave trade. And the story of the huge enslavement of Africans by Europeans is one of survival and resilience against all the bizarre and is a testament to the unsatisfiable human spiritual nature.

National Museums Liverpool opened the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery in 1994, the first of its kind in the universe. This gallery has attained a huge visitor number and impact, but there is now a compelling need to tell the huge story as of its relevance to contemporary problems that face us all.

The vision of the museum is to create a major new International Slavery Museum to encourage the understanding of transatlantic slavery and its lasting impact. The museum also aims to address misunderstanding and ignorance by considering the permanent and deep impact of slavery and the slave trade of South America, Africa, the USA, the Western Europe and the Caribbean. Thus we will increase the understanding of the world around us.

For more details, you can check out the transcript of David Fleming’s speech held at the dinner to celebrate the grand opening of the International Slavery Museum on 22nd August 2007. This transcript consists of speeches, talks and lectures about or relating to the themes of the museum and collection within it that are available on the official site.

The mission of the Museum

On 23 August 2007, the new museum opened. It is not just the date of the annual Slavery Remembrance Day, but the year 2007 was important as it was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade.

The international importance of slavery is highlighted by the International Slavery Museum, both in contemporary and historical context. Also works together with other museums with a focus on enslavement and freedom, the museum also offers chances for greater awareness and understanding the legacy of slavery.

The International Slavery Museum is situated in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, as the middle of the World Heritage site and just a few yards away from the land where 18th-century slave trading ships were mending and fitted out.

National Museums were one of the greatest groups of the national museum in the world and it’s intended to elevate this subject to the international stage. The issue of slavery focused previously, the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, won worldwide remembrance and was the primary to the development of their award - winning work on an outreach and diversity.