International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

A couple of links to articles about Liverpool's new International Slavery Museum.

Tristram Hunt (the Guardian's resident historian it seems, not that I'm complaining) feels that the museum strikes the right balance between humility for the exploited of the slave trade whilst seeking to understand why it is an integral part of our history, no longer hidden beneath layers of either arrogance or crippling guilt.,,2154381,00.html

In The Times, the museum gets a review by Rachel Campbell-Johnston who is slightly less enthusiastic, feeling that although the museum presents the subject well it fails to provide a deeper understanding, to really to get to grips with the slave trade and the African culture that slavery violated. It struck me that it was a similar comment to that which I made about Newarke Houses Museum below, itself a 'new' museum.

I am looking forward to visiting this museum next time I am in Liverpool to see for myself. I always disliked the former gallery in the Maritime Museum because it was stuck in the basement, windowless and with low ceilings, making it rather claustrophobic. Although this is apt in some ways when thinking about the hardships that the enslaved people endured it is surely worth a little discomfort?

I am especially looking forward to how the museum makes links with slavery that continues in the world today, particualarly the sticky issue of how we in the West are able to have so many cheap clothes and products to consume.


Amy said…
There you go again, making me feel hideously guilty about my cheap clothes addiction. I'm a Primark fiend - I admit it! ARGH! :P

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