We've had some really good news - the International Slavery Museum has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Good Causes award under the Best Heritage Project category. If you are a regular reader of my blog or indeed this is your first time, we need your vote to make it into the final. Votes can be made online by visiting the National Lottery Good Causes website or by telephone on 0844 686 6957 (calls costs 5p from BT land lines and as they say on TV don't forget to ask an adult or whoever pays the bills!!). Voting ends Friday 10 July. Every vote counts so we really do appreciate your support. I realise that blog readers are located around the globe (as well as my dear old Yorkshire) so please tell friends, family members and colleagues.
For the International Slavery Museum team it is not just about the financial award alone though, it is about raising awareness of the issues which the museum challenges and causes that we champion. In my last blog post I explained my despair at the success of a political party in the European elections which spreads disinformation in an attempt at being seen as a legitimate alternative on the political landscape. In recent weeks I have also been reminded of the daily incidents in the UK of a racist nature such as the racist attack reported by the Liverpool Daily Post under the headline African men assaulted in Liverpool race hate attack and the disgraceful behaviour towards members of the Romanian community in Northern Ireland.
So voting for the International Slavery Museum is not just a vote for a museum which is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors; which has a successful community exhibition programme; incredibly dedicated local volunteers or even because we have one of the most extensive collections in the world of transatlantic slavery related objects. However important they are it is also about actively challenging racists and racial discrimination; people trafficking and various other human rights abuses which unfortunately live with us today. So please, spend a couple of minutes to vote.
Bye for now.