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About the Sankofa project

Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as ‘reach back and get it’. It also refers to an Asante Adinkra symbol.

The Sankofa symbol teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. 

The Sankofa project is investigating Black social history within our collections and also beyond the walls of the museums. The project aims to:

  • Highlight Black social history within National Museums Liverpool's collections online.
  • Work with community groups to support them with caring for their existing archives and making them more accessible.
  • Support individuals with resources and a toolkit for how to look after objects.
  • Encourage everyone to share their objects, memories and photographs relating to Liverpool's Black heritage.

The stories, photographs and objects found on the Sankofa website have been revealed through the project.

As well as bringing together stories and objects, the project supports individuals and community groups in looking after things that are important in telling different aspects of the story. Stories from individuals and community groups together with those from museum collections form rich picture of Liverpool’s Black experiences.

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Working together to explore Liverpool's Black experience.

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Helen Woolstencroft: from migration to me

In this guest blog for the Sankofa project and as part of Black History Month, artist Helen Woolstencroft reveals how family and history play an important role in her sense of identity as an artist.

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