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People at the Stealing History debate

Delegates deep in discussion at the Stealing History debate

Yesterday the Merseyside Maritime Museum hosted one of the key events of this year's Black History Month, a free public debate on the repatriation of African objects entitled Stealing History. The international panel of guest speakers included Dr Claude Ardioun, head of the African section at the British Museum and former director of National Museums Mali; Professor Barbara Bush, senior lecturer in history at Hallam University, Sheffield; Dr Boris Wastiau, curator of ethnography at the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium; Dr Zachary Kingdon, curator of African collections at National Museums Liverpool and Dr Ray Costello, historian of the Black British community.

Afterwards delegates commented that the packed day of discussion and workshops raised issues about the complex subject of repatriation that they had never even considered before, and that it had helped them to feel involved in the museums' decision making process.

If you missed the debate you could still make it to the talks, workshops, performances and study days planned at the Maritime Museum and World Museum Liverpool until the end of the month. Have a look at the National Museums Liverpool Black History Month page for details of events at our venues, or see the official Black History Month website for events across the country.