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“A good look at a difficult and negative period in Britain's history.”

International Slavery Museum
Ranked #23 of 211 things to do in Liverpool
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: At International Slavery Museum you'll find out about the millions of people, both in the past and today, who have been taken into slavery, in particular those who were part of the transatlantic slave trade between about 1500 and 1865. Liverpool was a major slaving port so it is fitting that the museum is in Liverpool. The museum is on the third floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum building. Entry is free.
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Manchester
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“A good look at a difficult and negative period in Britain's history.”
Reviewed 10 January 2012

I thought the museum did it's best in trying to illustrate what a cruel and abhorrent practice slave trading was. It's difficult to illustrate an aspect of human behaviour which really created nothing positive to leave behind it and it's hard to imagine what else the museum could have put in it's cases and dioramas. If the museum failed it is in just one regard and that is to show just how beneficial slavery was to Britain as a whole. Liverpool ships didn't sail to West Africa empty. They carried the exports which made this country wealthy. Textiles from the mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Pots, pans, axes, guns, shovels and stoneware from the Midlands. The return journey brought sugar, spices, rum and tobacco from the Caribbean to feed the growing domestic market. Then there were the ship builders, the accountants, the insurance underwriters etc, who all did rather well from the trade. It tainted everyone.

Visited October 2011
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant place to visit”
Reviewed 8 January 2012

You can and will be angry at how our forefathers behaved!!

Visited December 2011
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Good insight into the History the Slave trade”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

Gives a brilliant insight into the Slave Trade, The place is very informative, The interactive section in the Museum is brilliant. The open days for children are good and very sympathetic to the message they are trying to give out

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Genious”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

Great exhibitions set in amazing buildings which both educates and entertains.

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England
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“Amazing place”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Such a well put together museum and such fantastic information but again you need to give it the time it deserves which we didn't. There is a lot to read and listen to if you want to be educated about this.

Visited December 2011
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