The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has announced an investment of £1.8 million in the International Slavery Museum, which will enable National Museums Liverpool to take forward its ambitious plans for the development of the attraction.
The funding will help the International Slavery Museum to extend into the historic Grade I listed Dock Traffic Office adjacent to its current location within the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The building will be home to an extended exhibition space as well as a new research space for the museum, a public archive, learning suite, and a community zone.
The Dock Traffic Office will become the ‘front door’ of the International Slavery Museum, linking to the existing galleries via a glass bridge at high level.
James Berresford, Director of Tourism at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), said:
“The International Slavery Museum is a unique tourism asset for the region. Through this investment the NWDA is recognising the potential that the attraction has to further enhance the visitor experience of Liverpool and the Albert Dock; this development will mean that the Museum is better positioned to attract an even bigger and more diverse audience and it will raise the profile of the city as a distinctive and culturally exciting place to visit.”
Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, said:
“The success of the International Slavery Museum so far can be measured by over 200,000 people that have visited since we opened in August 2007. The support from the Northwest Regional Development Agency will help take the museum to a new level, developing new facilities to continue its work as thought-provoking, stimulating and challenging.”