LIVERPOOL.- The International Slavery Museum
at Albert Dock has welcomed its millionth visitor.
The venue, situated on the third floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, opened in 2007 and looks at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery. It had been receiving more than 350,000 visitors a year and hit the millionth mark this week.
Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, said: "Were delighted to have welcomed so many visitors over a relatively short period of time.
Liverpools role in the transatlantic slave trade has often been taboo. But clearly people want to learn about this subject and the impact of slavery worldwide.
We are unique in that no other museum in the world offers slavery-related collections as well as exhibitions focusing on contemporary forms of slavery.
The museum is an international hub for resources on human rights issues and actively campaigns against racism and discrimination. It is also involved in local and national issues working in partnerships and organisations such as the Anthony Walker Foundation.
The museum is located just yards away from the docks where 18th century slave trading ships began their journeys to Africa to collect and sell on slaves.
From 19 March 12 September 2010 the International Slavery Museum hosts "Beyond the Boundary", an exhibition of powerful and emotive photographs exploring aspects of cricket that have not been seen before. "Beyond the Boundary" looks at the relationship between cricket, culture, class and politics.