International Slavery Museum

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International Slavery Museum Liverpool Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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A Powerful Exhibit Aug 09, 2017
The International Slavery Museum shares space in the Albert Dock with the Merseyside Maritime Museum, occupying the third floor. The displays are powerful, holding nothing back to tell the story of the Atlantic slave trade. Liverpool was a centre of the slave trade, with many slave ships sailing from its port. That is why Liverpool was compelled to tell the story.

The museum is arranged in three sections: Life in West Africa; Enslavement and the Middle Passage; and Legacy. To set the stage, the culture of West Africa is shown through exhibits of carvings and crafts of the West African peoples. The Middle Passage relates the four centuries of the African salve trade. Exhibits begin with the peoples of the Americas. African peoples were enslaved and brought to replace the aboriginal peoples who succumbed to European diseases. Along with this are brutal displays of shackles, whips and other instruments used to force the enslaved peoples into submission. In juxtaposition are commemorative plates given to slave ship captains to wish them successful and profitable voyages. Three striking videos give first-person dramatisations of the experience of three enslaved women and their families.

Legacy shows a time line of the abolishment of slavery in the 19th century, the gaining of freedom and the aftermath of slavery.

An important museum to visit.
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rocky168 rocky168
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An Insight into a dark chapter of the human story May 31, 2014
I was very moved by what i seen at the museum, it really give me an insight as to how slaves were treated and they were transferred between people like cattle, it goes through the generations of were they were taken from and where they where taken to, the were families separated never to be reunited in some cases. After i came out of here i could not believe more people had not been as i thought. Its definitely worth a day out especially as its free although i would recommend leaving a donation as they are always looking to expand with more artifacts and stories.
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Vipin Vipin
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Great insight Sep 01, 2011
The International Slavery Museum is very near to Tate Liverpool, and just above the Maritime Museum. The exhibitions focused on slavery, most notably on Africa. I didn’t realise how many European countries scrambled to divide and conquer Africa for themselves. The museum shows insight into this, as well as the artefacts that relate to traditional African cultures. At the time of visiting, they had an excellent exhibition on the photos from the apartheid era of South Africa. This was a well organised and moving exhibition, and gave you a real sense of what the period was like without being too depressing. Overall, this museum was well organised and a joy to go to.
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