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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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    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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    exactly - its history, rather than moan about street names, why don't all these councillors spend time doing what they're paid to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomo-CIL
    exactly - its history, rather than moan about street names, why don't all these councillors spend time doing what they're paid to do.
    They are trying to air-brush history. It happened. The city apologised, but as yet no African nation has. The African tribes would enslave another - round them up, take them to the coast where Liverpool ships, amongst others, would take them across the Atlantic to the Caribbean or the southern States of the USA. Many of the slaves lived better lives in the Caribbean than being enslaved in Africa.

    The Africans did most of the slave trade work – which has also been air-brushed from history. White people could not go much into "darkest Africa" because they would contract diseases easily. They could only stay on the coast. Only when drugs came along could white people go inland - quinine and the likes. It was called Darkest Africa because no white people had been or could go there. The Portugese established coastal trading ports on the West Coast of Africa in the 1400s. White people had been on the West Coast of Africa a long time, yete only entered the interior not much more than 100 years ago - the late 1800s.

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    I never knew that Waterways - does make a lot of sense indeed.

    Obviously these councillors don't do their homework!

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    yeah its true, focus on the slavery that still exists, not the slavery that existed 200 + years ago

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    Does the MP forget that the African kings sold off heit own people as slaves too!
    Gididi Gididi Goo.

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    Time to remember city's slave past.

    NEXT month's Slavery Remembrance Day will set the scene for the opening of Liverpool's International Slavery Museum in 2007.

    Otterspool Promenade will play host to an afternoon of free cultural events and entertainment on August 23.

    And the artistic director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Ekow Eshun, will be the key speaker.

    This year's day will start with an interfaith service at St Nicholas parish church at the Pier Head. Events at Otterspool include a food and exhibition marquee, as well as children's activities .

    There is also a chance to learn more about Merseyside Maritime Museum's new International Slavery Museum due to open on August 23, 2007.

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    Its all going down at Otterspool eh? Cheers Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev
    Its all going down at Otterspool eh? Cheers Paul
    It certainly is that might be worth a visit also great news about our new museum eh.

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