Who we are

Border Force National Museum

Known as Seized! The Border & Customs uncovered

museum display of objects used for smuggling

Our mission

An inspiring and revealing museum which through its collection and dynamic interpretation, communicates the role of the UK Border Force in ensuring our way of life is fair, safe, civilised and protected. Inclusive and forward thinking we tell a contemporary story supported by history. We are visitor focused and aim to challenge perceptions by providing an enjoyable and engaging experience.

Our partners

We are going through an exciting period of change as our lead partner is now the UK Border Force, with the support of HM Revenue and Customs.

The museum was established in 1994 as a unique partnership between National Museums Liverpool and HM Customs and Excise. This allowed the skills of National Museums Liverpool’s operation with the subject experts of the department.

2005 saw the beginning of changes in HM Customs & Excise. They merged with Inland Revenue, combining tax activities into one department - HM Revenue and Customs.

The new HM Revenue and Custom National Museum (known as Seized! Revenue and Customs Uncovered) opened in the basement of Merseyside Maritime Museum in May 2008. This looked at the diverse role of HM Revenue and Customs.

The museum’s latest lead partner is the UK Border Force, who were established in 2009. This department brings together immigration and controls on goods entering the country. We will retain formal links with HM Revenue and Customs to ensure we tell an all inclusive story. We are now the Border Force National Museum, known as Seized! The Border & Customs uncovered. Over the coming years we will begin to reflect and represent the controls of people crossing our borders.

children playing interactive game in museum

Further museum information

Forward planning

How our activities support the department's objectives.

Our successes

An outline of the museum's activities can be seen in the following downloadable reports. They highlight some of our key achievements.

Annual review 2010

Annual review 2006 to 2009

Annual report 2006

Annual report 2005

Biennial report 2002-2004

Further general information

There is more information about the work about the work and role of UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs on this website:

International Association of Customs Museums

The International Association of Customs Museums (IACM) is an informal international network of museums who work together to share ideas. The aim is to promote best practice within museums who deal with the challenging issues related to Customs and Revenue.

In 2009 the IACM annual conference was hosted in Liverpool. Download a pdf of the IACM Newsletter 2009 below for further details of the conference. There are two versions; the first is suitable for reading on screen and the second is a much larger print quality version. Both contain the same information. 

Customs & Excise History Network

This is an informal group of people, who are enthusiasts in the history of the old government department HM Customs & Excise. Many of the members are retired officers, with considerable years of experience of working in the department.

Members receive two newsletters per year, edited by a retired officer and circulated by the museum. Each one contains many fascinating stories about events and the life working for HM Customs & Excise. A newsletter can be downloaded below.