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Mapping and Mobilising Slavery Heritage

10:00am - 3:00pm / Monday 23rd July 2018 / Venue: Faculty Committee Room 1-7 Abercromby Square University of Liverpool Liverpool L69 7WZ Abercromby SQ (West)
Type: Workshop / Category: Department / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
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An international workshop hosted by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery and part of the Antislavery Knowledge Network (AKN)

Workshop summary
The morning session will be devoted to a new project on Ghana’s slavery heritage, while the afternoon will include reflections on connections with the UK and curatorial perspectives on material culture and West Africa in the collections of NML.

10.00-10.30: Arrival, coffee

10.30-10.45: Introductions

Welcome and background to AKN – Alex Balch (University of Liverpool, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery)

10.45-12.30: Session 1 – New research in Ghana as part of the AKN

Chair: Dr Lennon Mhishi (University of Liverpool)


Wazi Apoh (Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana): ‘Tangible and Intangible Slave Relics in the Southern Volta’

Benjamin Warinsie Kankpeyeng (Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana): ‘Slave relics in northern Ghana’

Mark Seyram Amenyo-Xa (Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana and Ghana Museums and Monuments Board) ‘Database Development and Contemporary Forms of Slavery’


In this session preliminary findings will be presented from a collaboration between University of Ghana and University of Liverpool that is mapping material evidence for various forms of slavery in Ghana. The project is being led by Dr Wazi Apoh and Dr Benjamin Kankpeyeng from the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana (Legon), and is part of the Antislavery Knowledge Network, a Network Plus project funded by AHRC through the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

This research in Ghana is going beyond the European trading fortresses on the coastline, to include sites in the hinterland, and will involve engagement with local communities. As has been argued by Dr Kankpeyeng these sites have huge potential in deepening our understanding of different forms of slavery, but they also ‘raise important issues concerning slavery heritage and its stakeholders’ and ‘carry meaning in the present day, both locally and for diasporan Africans’ (Kankpeyeng 2009: 218)

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Session 2: Artefacts of Historical slavery - Reflections on slavery heritage and collections in the UK

Chair: Dr Richard Benjamin (Director, International Slavery Museum)


Zachary Kingdon (National Museums Liverpool) ‘The Complexities of Ghana’s Slavery Heritage as Embodied in the World Museum Liverpool West African Collection’

Jane Webster (Newcastle University) ‘Legacies of the slave trade? Some West African artefacts in British museum collections’