Community conversations continued

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In January 2020, National Museums Liverpool commissioned community engagement specialist Nasra Elliot to conduct a series of community conversations to help inform plans for Slavery Remembrance Day. You can read the report here; 

We are now inviting you to join us as we host the next series of online community conversations which are themed around the development of the International Slavery Museum (ISM) as part of ISM’s Transformation Project. These sessions are opportunities for people to share their ideas and aspirations for what the museum can be. Each session will explore key themes and guiding principles for the project. Feedback will be documented and compiled as part of a report that will shape the next stages of the ISM Transformation Project. 

Session dates and themes

A Welcoming Space: 13 January 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm  
What makes you feel at home when you visit a place like a museum? 

A Community Space: 14 January 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm  
What makes communities feel valued, included and heard? 

A Space of Togetherness and Humanity: 18 January 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm 
What does social justice look like? How can a museum help to build it?

A Space of Freedom: 19 January 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm 
What do the stories of transatlantic and modern slavery tell us about the world we live in today?

Information for participants

  • Participants are welcome to attend the full series, or drop in for one or two, depending on availability as places are limited. 
  • Those who take part in at least one session will be eligible to be entered in a prize draw for a £30 voucher for the National Museums Liverpool online shop.
  • These sessions will be held online and pre-booking is essential. 
  • Participants must be age 18 and over. We will have opportunities in the near future for young people to help shape and feed into these plans through our Young People & Adults programme. 
  • Participants must be able to access the sessions on Zoom to take part. You will receive a link to access the online sessions on Zoom. We will email these on the date for each session to the email address you booked with. 
  • You can have your camera on or off, and can choose the name you would like to use upon entering the meeting room.
  • We will not be recording the sessions but feedback will be documented, with participant names kept anonymous.
  • Bookings for each session close on noon the day of the session. 
  • This is a safe space for honest conversation and all involved are expected to interact in a respectful manner. The event hosts reserve the right to limit participation for anyone who does not follow this approach.
  • If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know when you book.
  • These sessions will last 90 minutes maximum. If you need to leave early please let the host know upon session start.If you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking to make your place available for someone else.


About the ISM Transformation Project

Our project has at its heart International Slavery Museum’s slogan: WE REMEMBER. WE ACT. Our vision is to ignite a change in ideas and actions around slavery by transforming the International Slavery Museum’s space, content and engagement. We will use the Dr Martin Luther King Jr building to create a new entrance, and strong physical presence, for the International Slavery Museum (ISM). A community-led model of working with Black communities and survivors of modern slavery will develop the project and co-produce the content, learning and engagement programme around themes of slavery, human rights, social justice, racism and discrimination. ISM will speak with the voices of those who are most deeply affected by historic and contemporary slavery. Its impact will reach from Liverpool to have resonance and build audiences nationally and internationally.

National Museums Liverpool is a group of very different and wide-ranging museums and galleries; established more than 150 years ago as a complement and counterbalance to the museums in London, and brought together in 1986 as a nationally-funded group as a symbol of hope and regeneration and because of the global importance of our collections.

We are eight exceptional museums and galleries, sharing important stories from ancient times to today through more than four million objects and attracting more than three million visitors a year. An organisation with a strong educational purpose, we also strive to be the most inclusive museums service in the country, offering memorable experiences that are for everyone.