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The Inspiring Women of the International Slavery Museum

5:00pm - 7:00pm / Thursday 9th March 2023
Type: Lecture / Category: Research
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To celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, the Centre for the Study of International Slavery would like to celebrate our unique partnership and the inspiring women of the world-renowned International Slavery Museum.

Founded as a partnership between the University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool, the Centre works together with universities and organisations locally, domestically and globally to develop scholarly and public activities related to slavery in its historical and contemporary manifestations. Liverpool is a stimulating home for CSIS activities. In the past Liverpool was a major slaving port with ships and merchants dominating the transatlantic slave trade in the second half of the eighteenth century. Today, the city’s International Slavery Museum (ISM) serves as a starting point for different forms of engagement with slavery and abolition across time and space.

Currently the International Slavery Museum is undergoing a transformation from a collection of galleries into a prominent museum as part of the Waterfront Transformation Project. With funding from National Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Horizon Awards, The Dr Martin Luther King Jr building (Old Dock traffic office), will become the new entrance to the museum. The transformation will link storytelling, heritage, community, and hospitality to create a rich visitor experience. Through a community-led model of working, the museum will speak with the voices of those most affected by the legacies of transatlantic and modern slavery. The journey will spark and inform change nationally and internationally through a programme of academic rigour, debate and sharing.

Today we celebrate the inspiring women who work every day to continue the museums ongoing work and advancing projects. We will hear from the following speakers about their research, ongoing initiatives, as well as issues of representation and marginalisation and how to address this.

Sahar Beyad, PR and Communication Lead, National Museums Liverpool

Madelyn Walsh, Assistant Curator, International Slavery Museum

Lois South, Community Engagement Manager and Educator, International Slavery Museum

Rebecca Loy, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, National Museums Liverpool

This panel will be introduced by Dr Mary Booth, Programme Manager for Centre for the Study of International Slavery. Panel remarks will be followed by a moderated Q&A and the event will include a tea and coffee reception.