National Museums Liverpool have shared plans to redevelop the International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum.

Members of the public were invited to be a part of an open consultation on 4th April to hear the Museums proposed changes.

The designs reveal how the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building will become a prominent new entrance to the International Slavery Museum and will demonstrate an improved visitor welcome space.

Michelle Charters, head of International Slavery Museum said: “We’re so grateful for the thoughtful, collaborative work of our community stakeholders who have been integral in getting the designs to this stage and we’re delighted to be now sharing them with the wider public”.

“We believe the new designs elevate the museum’s presence within its historic location on the Liverpool waterfront and will allow the collections and narratives of transatlantic slavery to resonate with an even wider audience – now it’s over to the people of Liverpool to tell us what they think”.

Ian Murphy, Head of Maritime Museum said: “We’re looking forward to sharing these impactful new designs, that signify an exciting future for the museum, with fresh energy and opportunities. We hope people will take time to look at the designs, ask questions, share their views, and ultimately become part of this journey”.

In March 2024 it was announced that the project would receive £10million from The Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Both venues will close in spring 2025 for work to begin, with the museums expected to reopen in 2028.

(Featured image provided by Stephen Guy under Creative Commons License).


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