National Museums Liverpool's involvement in Slavery Remembrance Day

People look at teplica objects at a stall

Learning staff show visitors replica objects from the museum's collections at Slavery Remembrance Day 2007

An important ongoing project

National Museums Liverpool has hosted a Slavery Remembrance Day event since 1999. At the first event the late Bernie Grant MP unveiled a plaque at the docks where slave ships were once repaired. Strong local support, most notably from Liverpool's Black community, has made this an ongoing project which aims to raise awareness of an issue that can never be forgotten.

Our involvement in the Slavery Remembrance Day project is an important and expanding part of our educational work. We are seeking to develop the events and learning programme for Slavery Remembrance Day, and to increase recognition of the day at a local, national and international level.

International Slavery Museum

2007 was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade. To mark this important anniversary, National Museums Liverpool opened the International Slavery Museum on Slavery Remembrance Day that year.

The International Slavery Museum shares premises with the Merseyside Maritime Museum at Liverpool’s Albert Dock, a world heritage site. The location is only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.