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    THE country's first museum dedicated to the slave trade will be established in Liverpool.

    A £10m plan to set up the National Museum and Centre for the Understanding of Transatlantic Slavery at Albert Dock was unveiled today.

    The new attraction, which won Lottery funding, will feature dynamic and thought-provoking displays about a shameful chapter in British history.

    A resource centre where people will be able to research information about the slave trade will also be set up.

    The facility is to be split between exhibition space at the Maritime Museum and the former Dock Traffic Office, which is currently home to Granada television.

    It is hoped the new museum will be ready for 2007, Liverpool's 800th birthday and the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. The resource centre will open two years later.

    Loyd Grossman, chairman of National Museums Liverpool, said: "The new museum will challenge preconceptions and address issues of relevance to everyone today."

    Museum bosses believe Liverpool is the perfect location for the national archive because of the key role it played in the industry.

    Thousands of slaves were brought to the city from Africa before crossing the Atlantic to work in the West Indies and North America.

    Displays at the new museum will cover issues such as freedom, identity, human rights, reparations, racial discrimination and cultural change.

    The Maritime Museum already has a gallery dedicated to transatlantic slavery, but the new facility will allow it to expand.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund today announced it would donate 1.65m to the museum.

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    This was first mentioned a while back and then it all went quiet but I'm glad to see it's back on the agenda again.

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    National Museums Liverpool are appealing for private investors to finance the centre, which they claim will become as significant as New York's Holocaust Museum.

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    According to the New Internationalist there are currently an estimated 27 million people who are enslaved around the world. They define slavery as being 'Forced to work through violence or the threat of it, they are under
    the complete control of their ‘employers’. They are treated
    as property and sometimes bought and sold.'.

    Under this definition modern slavery falls into 6 categories, bonded labour, trafficking, child slaves, forced labour, forced marriage and traditional slavery.

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    Default Why change our City

    Reading in the Echo about the WOOLTON councilour who wants us to change our street names.
    She wants to do this because of the streets association's with the slave trade
    Can't help but feel this lady is doing a little PR exerzise for herself.
    This is our City not the councils they are elected to run the City for our benifit not change it for their's
    Gooodness knows they make enough out of us with all their meetings they put their names down for.
    These things happened in the past.
    It is not the faullt of the present dwellers of the City what thier forebaers did.
    Why not go the hole hog and get the Italians to to apoligse and cowtow for what the Romans did to our Celtic ancestors.

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