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Unsung - Liverpool's Most Radical Son

7 November 2014 to 10 May 2015

Painting of Rushton holding blinded people and a figure who has broken free from chains in one arm

Detail from a dome mural by Mick Jones, showing Edward Rushton

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This display highlighted Edward Rushton’s key achievements as a campaigner for human rights.

Rushton denounced the notorious press gang and campaigned for the establishment of the first blind school in Britain.

As an ex-sailor Rushton knew well the rigours of a life at sea and called the press gang a ‘National Stain’. This stand cost him dear. Rushton lost his job as a result but he would not be silent. 

The display also included audio recordings of Rushton’s poetry and writings performed by local actors Gillian Kearney, Tayo Aluko and John Davies.

A Braille booklet containing the display text and tactile images was available at the welcome desk. You can listen to the audio guide to the former display below, or read the transcript of the audio guide.

Partner displays

There were also Unsung - Liverpool's Most Radical Son displays about Edward Rushton at the International Slavery Museum and the Victoria Gallery and Museum.

The International Slavery Museum display focused on Edward Rushton’s writings against slavery and the Victoria Gallery and Museum display showed Edward Rushton’s campaigning through the written word including his poetry and bookshop that was on Liverpool’s Paradise Street.

Part of Unsung, a city-wide project celebrating the bicentenary, social actions and legacy of Edward Rushton. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by DaDaFest as part of DaDaFest International 2014. 


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