Life in West Africa

african artefacts in a museum display

The first main section in the International Slavery Museum, 'Life in West Africa', introduces the continent as the birthplace of human culture and civilisations. This gallery shows something of African cultural achievements before the arrival of Europeans and the start of the transatlantic slave trade.

The objects on display in this gallery include African art forms that have had a global cultural influence, such as musical instruments, masks and sculpted figures. There is also a recreation of part of a traditional Igbo family compound.

Highlights from the collection

Follow the links below to find out more about each item.

visitor looking at African objects in museum display