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Exploring Liverpool’s Black experience

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This web feature shares stories, memories and objects connected to Black communities in Liverpool from the past to the current day, as part of the  Sankofa project. The project aims to progress our understanding of Liverpool's Black history by bringing together stories and objects, and supporting people and communities to look after their unique and often hidden history. Connecting stories from people and community groups, and those within museum collections, will form a rich picture of Liverpool's Black experience.

"Together we will aim to ensure collections and stories from beyond our museum borders are not lost, but uncovered and preserved and their important contribution to our collective histories is documented and shared." Janet Dugdale, National Museums Liverpool.

We know that this story is not simply Black and white. It is diverse, unique, the world in one city. The multicultural roots and connections to Liverpool make this city so dynamic.

Explore some of the stories from the project so far in the themes, map and blogs below - and remember to get involved or come to one of our free events if you have a story to tell or want to find out how to care for your own memorabilia. This is an evolving, collaborative project, so we would love to hear from you!

The Sankofa project has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and created in partnership with Bristol Culture. Like National Museums Liverpool, Bristol Culture is working hard to make their collections as representative as possible of their local communities. Working together we hope to learn how we can be doing things even better. You can find out more about the project on the Bristol Museums website.

 

 

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Map of Liverpool's Black experience

This map highlights key locations connected to Liverpool’s Black history from the period of transatlantic slavery to today.

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Sankofa news

Project Curator, Mitty Ramagavigan updates us on the latest news from the Sankofa project:It’s crazy to think that we’re half way through the Sankofa project already.

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Photo from the early 1960s, Alvin with his siblings. Alvin is on the right.

Mapping the past

As part of the Sankofa project we’ve been thinking about the idea of mapping Black heritage in the city. Liverpool 8 is not the only place the Black communities have settled in the city but it has been long considered the most multi-cultural area of Liverpool.

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