Medicine and Mistrust: Bridging health disparities for people of the African Diaspora

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During Black History Month 2023, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Primary Care Network and the University of Liverpool partnered in a Medicine and Mistrust event. We explored the history of medicine from Transatlantic Slavery and how those legacies affect people of the African Diaspora today. Feedback from attendees was that this was a pivotal conversation, and more is needed. In response to this we plan to continue building awareness through our programmes and will in turn help to shape and inform interpretation and raising awareness in the new International Slavery Museum.

With this in mind, we are working towards a co-curated event during our Slavery Remembrance Day Programme. The aim is for communities to contribute to what we see in our museums, so we represent what is most important to you. We want to identify the key themes which should be explored further. If you are interested in being involved in the planning of our Slavery Remembrance programme and having your say, this event is for you.

The day will involve:

  • A talk from Dr Stephen Kenny, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool on Medical History and Transatlantic Slavery.
  • A range of reflective practices to explore themes such as the History of Medicine/Science, Medical Racism, Legacies of Medical Racism to Health Outcomes, Reparative Justice.
  • Engage in wellbeing activities.
  • Plan next steps for Slavery Remembrance Day.

Click on the below link to book your free ticket. Light refreshments will be provided.

We are committed to reducing barriers to attendance. If there is something we can put in place to help you, please let us know by sending a message to