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Dr Richard Benjamin

Head of the International Slavery Museum

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Richard heads the International Slavery Museum team at National Museums Liverpool. He is responsible for the strategic development of the Museum, including the forthcoming state-of-the-art ISM education and resource centre; partnership work and research.  Richard supervises the day-to-day running of the world class display galleries including the acquisition of museum objects and collections.

Richard gained a BA (Hons) degree in Community and Race Relations at Edge Hill College and then went on to complete an MA and PhD in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. In 2002 he was a Visiting Research scholar at the W.E.B.DuBois Institute of African and African American Research, Harvard University and was appointed as the head of the International Slavery Museum in 2006.  In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Edge Hill University|.

Read Richard's blog posts| on the National Museums Liverpool blog.

Selected presentations

  • The Museum’s New Clothes: a way forward,Envisioning 21st Century Museums’,MeLa European Museums in an age of migrations workshop, 31 May 2012, Post and Tele Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • The archaeology of the International Slavery Museum, ‘Archaeology, museums and the legacies of slavery session’, CentralTAG http://centraltag.wordpress.com/14-16th December 2011, University of Birmingham.
  • The International Slavery Museum, ‘Exhibiting Sensitive Histories session’, Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) conference http://www.fihrm.org/conference/conference2010.html  15-16th  September, 2010, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool.
  • The International Slavery Museum Phase 3, ‘What’s in a name? Knowledge and Research in Museums’, MAS Museum aan de Stroom synopsium, 28th May 2009, Rubenshuis, Antwerp.
  • Museums of the people, by the people, for the people, Radical Museums: Democracy, Dialogue & Debate seminar, 10th June 2009, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London.
  • The International Slavery Museum, ‘Co-producing exhibitions with the public’, Democracy and dialogue session, Museums Association, 6th - 8th October 2008, Liverpool.
  • The new inclusive museum:  myth or reality?, Archaeologists, Museums, Monuments and Anti-Monuments session at WAC 08, 29th - 31st July 2008, University College Dublin, Dublin.
  • The International Slavery Museum: an active campaigner, Commonwealth Association of Museums conference, 18th -23rd April 2008, Umana Yana, Georgetown, Guyana.
  • Widening participation, archaeology and the Black community, Widening Participation in Archaeology and the Continuing Education Agenda Conference, 24th September 2004, University of Nottingham.

Selected publications

  • Benjamin, RP, ‘Representing Sensitive Histories: The International Slavery Museum’, in Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Smith, C & Smith, J (eds.) 2012, Springer, New York.
  • Benjamin, RP, 'Museums and Sensitive Histories: The International Slavery Museum', in Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space, Araujo, AL (ed.) 2012, Routledge, New York.
  • Benjamin, RP, ‘Museums of the people, by the people, for the people’, in The Radical Museum: democracy, dialogue and debate, Chamberlain, G (ed.) 2011, Collections Trust, London.
  • Benjamin, RP, July 2004, 'Whose Wall: Roman Wall, Barrier or Bond', British Archaeology Magazine, Council for British Archaeology, Issue 77.
  • Benjamin, RP, Spring 2003, 'Black and Asian Representation in UK Archaeology', The Archaeologist, Institute of Field Archaeologists, Number 48.