LIVERPOOL’S International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock has received £80,000 funding towards plans to expand into the adjacent Dock Traffic Office building.
A successful bid to the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund means the museum’s "Freedom Live" project will see the building - which formerly housed Granada TV - opening to the public as early as this summer.
National Museums Liverpool, which runs the museum, says the expansion into the Dock Traffic Office will offer new spaces for flexible displays of collections and exhibitions as well as community and educational areas.
It says it is the first stage of a longer term plan to link the Dock Traffic Office building with the existing Slavery Museum via a glass walkway. This development work is subject to further funding.
Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, said: “By opening the Dock Traffic Office to the public we hope to encourage more community involvement and engagement with collections, exhibitions and campaigns.”
The International Slavery Museum, is the only museum of its kind and is based on the third floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. It attracts more than 400,000 visitors a year. Entry is free.
Have a look at the plans here, if you like.