International Slavery Museum nominated for the Art Fund Prize

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Hot off the press, here's some fantastic news from our communications manager Joanna Rowlands.

Update: do you think that the International Slavery Museum should win? Leave your comments on the Art Fund Prize website.

"We heard today that the International Slavery Museum has been nominated for the Art Fund Prize (formerly the Gulbenkian) and I’m sure I’m not the only one on the staff at National Museums Liverpool that considers it a real honour. 

The response to the museum has been quite overwhelming. Since it opened in August 2008 more than 150,000 people have been through the doors and the staff there have organised learning sessions for over 12,000 school children and members of the public.

Following the craziness of the opening week (meeting Harry Belafonte and observing the media circus around Jesse Jackson, pictured below, among my personal highlights) it was hard to know how the museum would be received. While we always hoped it would be popular we didn’t realise quite how significant the place would be to people from all over the world.

As we start work on Phase 2 of the work on the museum the feedback we get is essential. Comments from visitors such as ‘I think this was an achievement opening this slavery museum to let people understand what slavery is all about. This should have been done a long time ago’ give us an indication of its importance.

The judges for the Art Fund Prize, which recognises originality and excellence in museums and galleries, are coming up later on this month so we’ll be giving them a taste of just some of the events and activities on offer. Watch this space for more news."

Crowd of people taking photos of Jesse Jackson at the Albert Dock

Jesse Jackson arriving at the International Slavery Museum last year. Photograph © Simon Webb