Museum Needs Pounds 5m for Final Phase; Slavery Research Centre Plan
Byline: by CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter
CULTURE chiefs will need to raise pounds 5m to complete the final phase of Liverpool's International Slavery Museum.
Plans have been submitted to Liverpool council to convert the former Dock Traffic Office at Albert Dock into a research and resource centre.
It will also form a new and impressive entrance to the collection, which is currently accessed through the Maritime Museum.
The first phase of the pounds 11.3m project, a new museum with a series of galleries covering life in West Africa, the slave trade itself and its legacy, was officially opened as part of International Slavery Remembrance Day commemorations in 2007.
Among the guests was veteran American musician and activist Harry Belafonte.
Other high-profile visitors have included Jesse Jackson and Condoleeza Rice.
National Museums Liverpool will join forces with Liverpool university to create a special research institute in the Grade I dock office building alongside a new resource centre.
A" flying bridge" will link the former Granada TV building to the Maritime Museum-based slavery galleries and the plans also include a third floor/roof level extension.
NML boss Dr David Fleming said: "We do not have a strict timetable because it is due to funding and we cannot guarantee when we will have that in the bank. …