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Exploring Liverpool’s Black experience

Connecting people, places and things

This web feature shares stories, memories and objects connected to Black communities in Liverpool from the past to the current day, as part of the  Sankofa project. The project aims to progress our understanding of Liverpool's Black history by bringing together stories and objects, and supporting people and communities to look after their unique and often hidden history. Connecting stories from people and community groups, and those within museum collections, will form a rich picture of Liverpool's Black experience.

"Together we will aim to ensure collections and stories from beyond our museum borders are not lost, but uncovered and preserved and their important contribution to our collective histories is documented and shared." Janet Dugdale, National Museums Liverpool.

We know that this story is not simply Black and white. It is diverse, unique, the world in one city. The multicultural roots and connections to Liverpool make this city so dynamic.

Explore some of the stories from the project in the themes, map and blogs below.

The Sankofa project has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and created in partnership with Bristol Culture. Like National Museums Liverpool, Bristol Culture is working hard to make their collections as representative as possible of their local communities. Take a look at Bristol Museums' online display celebrating St Pauls Carnival and their series of stories highlighting Bristol’s Black Heritage. Working together we hope to learn how we can be doing things even better. You can find out more about the project on the Bristol Museums website.



Sankofa project

Working together to explore Liverpool's Black experience.

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In this guest blog for the Sankofa project and as part of Black History Month, artist Helen Woolstencroft reveals how family and history play an important role in her sense of identity as an artist.

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