Unsung – Liverpool’s Most Radical Son

photo 37 November – 10 May 2015

10am to 5pm


(Except Mondays & Sundays at Victoria Gallery and Museum)

Three displays to celebrate Rushton’s life; highlighting his key achievements using writings, pictures and artefacts from his life.

Edward Rushton was Liverpool’s most implacable anti-slavery abolitionist, human rights activist and pioneer for disability rights (although often overlooked by historians). We are joining forces with cultural and educational institutions across the city to celebrate his extraordinary life and to continue his legacy of activism with a series of events:


Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Legacy of Edward Rushton
22 November 2014 (10:45am to 12pm)
Liverpool Cathedral

Join us in a celebration of Edward Rushton and his purposeful life. Including performances, music and reflections.
Access Provided: British Sign Language Interpretation, Audio Description and Open Captions.


The Life & Impact of Edward Rushton
22 November 2014 (3pm to 4:30pm)
Museum of Liverpool

Explore the fascinating life and legacy of Edward Rushton in this significant public lecture, featuring Steve Binns, Alexandra Robinson and Dr Franca Dellarosa.
Access Provided: British Sign Language Interpretation and Audio Description.


22 November 2014 (7:30pm to 10pm)
The Bluecoat

The first rehearsed reading of the whole of Unsung, a new play telling the story of Edward Rushton and the times he lived through. (with post-show discussion)
Access Provided: British Sign Language Interpretation and Audio Description.


Celebrating Unsung Heroes
22 November – Saturday 6 December (6pm to 7pm) (Sundays 4pm to 5pm)
The Bluecoat

Every day we’ll be taking the time to hear from a range of different disability voices from local radicals to socially engaged pioneers.
Access Provided: Let us know if you have any access requirements. Audio Description and 3D Representations of Objects.