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Explore Black social history within National Museums Liverpool's collections through this online display featuring highlights from our history museums.

As part of the Sankofa project we want to investigate our collections to help reveal the social and cultural lives and histories of Liverpool’s Black communities. You will find objects from the Museum of Liverpool and International Slavery Museum that reveal the lives of individuals and communities within the city. From the traditional clothing of Thomas Oladipo Kuforiji to the Black musical map of Liverpool 8. The objects and archives of the Merseyside Maritime Museum help reveal the strong links between West Africa and Liverpool. Many people settled in Liverpool because of these strong ties. Our exhibition  Black Salt explores the pioneering work of Black seafarers as well as the challenges they faced.

Although we are starting to uncover what’s in our collections we know there’s more about the Black heritage of this city to be uncovered, so please do get in touch to tell us more about the objects or stories we don’t know about.

Take a look at the selection of objects from each museum below.

Sankofa project

Working together to explore Liverpool's Black experience.

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