I have always wanted to take the boys to Liverpool to visit the Slavery museum. I went many years ago and have always appreciated it for what it stands for. We were let down this summer so I decided to book us a city break to Liverpool.
The International Slavery Museum is situated by the Albert Docks. It is easy to find and easy enough to walk to from Liverpool Lime Street where our hotel was located. It took us about 15 minutes to get there overall.
Upon arrival, you are met with this huge dockland area and behind it are brick buildings containing a wealth of history. Besides the Slavery museum, there is also the Beatles experience and the Tate gallery in the same area.
The museum begins with an introduction to Africa before the trans-Atlantic slavery. Homes are adorned with symbols, art and drawings. The typical homes and living quarters are laid out showing beds, and housing. It showed that Africans used advanced tools for cooking and living. In this section, a poster breaks down why Africans were chosen and what Europeans were doing in the Americas that fuelled this desire for forced labour.
As you walk through the museum there are arrows on the floor that gives a suggested route to explore the different exhibitions. The Transatlantic slave trade is explained well enough. You get to see model diagrams of boats that carried away captive ancestors. The chains that kept them bound and a typical plantation scene. A video plays showing how the slaves were bound and the noises that they were surrounded by not to mention being sick and unable to move.
A section is dedicated to the post-slaver era. There are an interactive map and video units that you can listen to with headphones. You can learn about the communities that have since formed in the USA, the Caribbean and South America. The music, the culture and the languages that have emerged.
If you do visit please allow yourself time to read as much information you can that is given. Children who can read will enjoy learning this history.
When we left my children told me that had learned so much. For me, that was amazing to hear. I want them to know as much of their cultural heritage and history as much as possible. It helps with navigating this life and understanding perspectives.