Stealing History Debate

Stealing History Debate

Black History Month at National Museums Liverpool.

National Museums Liverpool is hosting a free public debate on the repatriation of African objects during Black History Month on Thursday 12 October 2006.

Stealing History is a day of workshops and debate which discuss museums and cultural property from 10-4pm. The objectives of the day include:

– to understand the principles of repatriation
– to explore the ethical and moral issues of repatriation
– to explore the origins of museum artefacts
– to understand the purpose of museums
– to investigate problems facing museums in Africa
– to identify ways for future action and developing relationships.

Key speakers leading the workshops and speaking in the debate are Dr Barbara Bush (senior lecturer in history, Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Boris Wastiau (curator of Central African art and ethnography, Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium), Dr Claude Ardouin (former director of the National Museums of Mali, now head of the African section, department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum) Dr Ray Costello (historian of Black British community) and Dr Zachary Kingdon (curator of African collections at National Museums Liverpool). More guest speakers are to be confirmed.

Workshops will stimulate discussion by encouraging participants to consider the various issues surrounding repatriation and how museums represent Britain’s Black community.

Abdullah Badwi, community development co-ordinator says: “This is an important opportunity for people from all walks of life, from all cultural backgrounds, to debate and challenge the way museums have gone about acquiring their collections and to discuss the options for the future of these objects”.

For members of the public to book their free place please contact Abdullah Badwi on 0151 478 4814

Spaces have been reserved for journalists please contact Laura Johnson on 0151 478 4615 .

National Museums Liverpool is hosting a full programme of free events to mark Black History Month.

Events at Merseyside Maritime Museum:

Albert Dock

0151 478 4999

Liverpool’s Black Community, a Hidden History- lecture

Saturday 14 October 2006


Drop in

Dr. Ray Costello reveals the hidden history of Liverpool’s Black community.

Connections: Black History and the Slave Trade- all day workshop

Wednesday 18 October 2006

10.30- 4pm

Limited spaces pre book only

Tel to book: 0151 478 4441

Age 16 + (not suitable for children)

Explore the realities of Liverpool’s Black history and the slave trade. The event will identify the connections to slavery around the city and offer advice on how visitors might trace their own family history.

Black Inspiration- art workshop

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October 2006

1pm – 4pm

Families drop in

Explore Black history through art workshops inspired by true stories of the people who appear in the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery. The event is led by artist Karl Eversley.

The Art of Batik- art workshop

Wednesday 25 October 2006

10.30 – 4pm

Limited spaces pre book only

Tel to book: 0151 478 4441

Taking inspiration from African designs including wax prints produce your own artwork on paper or cotton using the traditional techniques of batik.

Events at World Museum Liverpool:

William Brown Street

0151 478 4393

Black Inspiration – art workshop

Saturday 7 October 2006

1pm – 4pm

Families drop in

Explore Black history through art workshops inspired by the collection of masks and traditional costumes in Weston Discovery Centre. Event led by artist Karl Eversley.

Malian Textiles- display & workshop

Sunday 1 & Sunday 29 October 2006

12.30pm – 4pm

Families drop in

A display of African textiles from Mali in the Weston Discovery Centre provides inspiration for painting and design workshops. Event led by artist Kati Ertel.

Region: All
Venue: Merseyside Maritime Museum
Venue Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool
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