"An exemplary museum display."
Stephen Bayley, The Observer

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Completed: 2007    Budget: £2.6M    Size: 1200 m≤

Overview

Exploring the powerful and sinister story of the transatlantic slave trade from its roots to its pervasive global legacy, the International Slavery Museum offers a challenging and fascinating experience. Using innovative ways of telling the story, itís very much a sensory and engaging journey, using movement, sound and touch as well as striking visual appeal to reach out to the visitor. Objects are the starting point for discovery and our varied interpretative techniques, with interactive and multimedia installations, provide opportunities for story telling, music making and drama, as well as areas for rest and quiet reflection.

The museum was longlisted for the Art Fund Prize 2008 and shortlisted for the Museums and Heritage Awards 2008.

Exhibition Design

Redman Design created a sensory and engaging experience, using movement, sound and touch to reach out to the visitor. Objects are the starting point for discovery and provide opportunities for story telling, music making and drama, as well as areas for rest and quiet reflection. The displays challenge visitorsí perceptions and attitudes, and encourage debate on a range of issues.

Graphics

Key to the experience at the International Slavery Museum is a sense of journey, from Africa to the plantations in the Americas and into the modern day legacy of slavery. Considered use of materials and display techniques created this change in pace and the graphic communication supporting this story needed to reflect that. Redman Design took the decision to develop three core graphic styles for the museum, from the bright, bold African homeland, the stark uncompromising world of the plantation and the challenging, yet hopeful, legacy of slavery. In order to improve accessibility of object displays Redman design worked closely with the client team to develop visual object labels that use images of the artefacts for identification instead of numbers.

Masterplan

Originally planned as the re-location and enlargement of the existing Transatlantic Slavery Gallery, the re-visioning of the project raised aspirations and broadened its reach. Redman Design played a central role in the re-alignment of the project. The approach was carefully considered and balanced to create an interpretation that would have authority and sensitivity. We supported the consultation process through attendance at presentations and workshops and the preparation of material.