International Slavery Museum to use Grant to Develop Collections

The International Slavery Museum has received a big funding boost to help develop its collections.

On Tuesday 7 October, it was announced that a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £225,000 has been successful.

HLF’s grant will help the museum enhance its already unparalleled transatlantic slave trade and contemporary slavery collections which tell a moving and powerful story.

Acquisitions will be twofold: the Transatlantic Slavery Collection, targeting items such as ivory tokens, abolitionist correspondence and objects and the Contemporary Slavery Collection, targeting objects which will increase public awareness of contemporary slavery and ignite discussion.

The funding will also enable the museum to develop public programmes using the collections and their stories, history and research to give a voice to the objects.

More than £880,000 has been granted to North West museums through today’s HLF Collecting Cultures announcement.

The International Slavery Museum (situated on the third floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum), opened in 2007 and has welcomed nearly three million visitors to date.

The longer term plan for the development of the museum is to expand into the adjacent Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building. This will be the International Slavery Museum’s new entrance, with spaces where visitors can engage in more education and community activity, research family history and view the museum’s newest collections.

This ambitious scheme is subject to funding. You can learn more


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