Black History Month 2007 – Events

Free events at National Museums Liverpool in October

National Museums Liverpool is hosting a packed-programme of events for Black History Month this October 2007.

Black History Month is a national celebration of the history, cultural heritage and achievements of individuals and organisations from the Black community. This year National Museum Liverpool is also marking the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade and the newly opened International Slavery Museum.

From a public debate on the issues surrounding reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans to family-friendly story telling and arts and crafts sessions there is something in the range of free events for all the family.

Events at International Slavery Museum
(Inside Merseyside Maritime Museum)
0151 478 4499

The International Slavery Museum is a groundbreaking contribution to Liverpool as a centre of transatlantic slavery legacies, and the rest of the world. The museum’s use of powerful displays highlight the horrors of this despicable trade and looks at contemporary issues caused by slavery such as racism.

Destination freedom
Oct 6 & 7 2007
2 & 3pm
Based upon the true story of William and Ellen Craft, this performance follows their personal journey from enslavement to freedom.

Women against slavery
Oct 10 2007
Join local historian Dominique Tessier for a talk and presentation.
Tel to book: 0151 478 4441

Deconstructing history
Oct 16 & 17 2007
This two day event offers a new approach to understanding Liverpool’s role in the abolitionist movement.
Tel to book: 0151 478 4441

African beats
Oct 21 & 22 2007
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of African drumming and tribal dance.

African batik
Oct 23 2007
Taking inspiration from African designs including wax prints produce your own artwork on paper or cotton using the traditional techniques of batik.
Places are limited to book please call 0151 478 4441.

Big Draw – inspired by Black History Month
October 20 and 28th Oct 20 2007
Get creative in this artist-led family event.

Tales from Africa
Oct 13 2007
1.30, 2.30 &3.30pm
This interactive storytelling session is specially designed for children under 8 to tell them about traditional African stories.

Life in West Africa
Oct 14 2007
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm
Meet Abazu and Abeni and find out about everyday life in Nigeria.

Events at Merseyside Maritime Museum:
Albert Dock
0151 478 4499

Debate: Reparations
Oct 11 2007
6-8pm (5.30pm refreshments)
This debate will explore the subject of reparations, whether financial payment should be made to members of the African Diaspora who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Guest speakers include Dorothy Kuya and Esther Stanford.
For members of the public to book their free place please contact Lizzy Rodgers on 0151 478 4543

Black inspiration
Oct 13 & 14 2007
1- 4pm
Big Draw celebrates and explores black history through creativity in an artist-led workshop.

Events at World Museum Liverpool:
William Brown Street
0151 478 4393

Son of Africa
Oct 22 to 26
11am & 12 noon
Oct 28 2007
This fascinating film tells the story of Olaudah Equiano, ex-slave and abolitionist as told in his own words.

Through Their Eyes: Exhibition
Oct 1 to 31
A series of five environmental portraits taken from people who have left Somaliaand settled in Liverpool.

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