International Slavery Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum and Albert Dock

The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. Working in partnership with other museums with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the museum provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacy of slavery today.

It is located in Liverpool's Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site and only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.

One of the greatest groups of national museums in the world, National Museums Liverpool is ideally placed to elevate this subject onto an international stage. Our previous focus on the issue of slavery, the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, won worldwide recognition and was central to the development of our award-winning work on diversity and outreach.

The new museum opened on 23 August 2007. Not only was this the date of the annual Slavery Remembrance Day, but the year 2007 was particularly significant as it was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade.

Venue Type:

Museum, Campaign or initiative

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Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm. Closed from 2pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Industry, Maritime, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
historic black and white photograph of young black man weaning white suit and a tie

Ink and blood: Stories of Abolition

  • 21 August 2017 — 2 September 2018 *on now

Ink and blood: stories of abolition explores the personal stories of previously enslaved people and the lasting legacies of, and contemporary responses to, abolition.

The exhibition brings together a fascinating private collection, iconic documents from leading museums and archives in Britain, 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).

This exhibition is part of a programme of special events to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Slavery Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/exhibitions/ink-and-blood/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Human Rights and Freedom Fights

  • 16 September 2018 11am-12pm
  • 23 October 2018 11am-12pm
  • 18 November 2018 11am-12pm

A chance to get hands-on with objects in our museum collection celebrating civil rights movements, revolutionaries and freedom fighters.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/events/

Underground Railroad

  • 9 September 2018 11am-12pm

Find out more about how enslaved African people were helped on the road to freedom by the underground railroad and get hands on with some objects from our museum collection to discover more about these amazing escapes.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/events/displayevent.aspx?EventId=37057

International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AQ
England

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Website

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism

E-mail

MMMInfo@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0151 478 4499

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