We went with great hopes. It is in a great old dock area building and like so much in Liverpool is free. The connection between Liverpool and the slave trade is so strong that it is a perfect place to learn and reflect on this terrible trade.
However, from the start the displays and exhibits failed to work and effectively and even the route round the exhibits was unclear with arrows pointing in both directions at times. There was some good material and it was brightly displayed but the order was too random and needed an overt organisation and to actively tell the story. To start, for example, with a video of a Phillipino maid talking of her exploitation in the modern era has it's place in the display, ( ie slavery is not just in the past) but to start with it amongst other displays of African village culture is bizarre.
The exhibits needed grouping and ordering, the Africans, the reasons for the slave trade, the horrors of the trade, the profits made, Liverpool's role, and so on to make sense and tell the story.
Also we felt that, despite comments from some reviewers the museum was too sanitised in parts. This was an appalling trade in humans and should be displayed as such.
Such a shame as there is so much potential.
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