Giant globe at Birkenhead Priory raises awareness about the slave trade

12 August 2022
Wirral Council Leader Janette Williamson studies the globe.

Birkenhead Priory will be home to a 1.7 metre globe as part of groundbreaking UK-wide art education project 'The World Reimagined', which aims to change understanding of the transatlantic slave trade.

Running from 13 August to 31 October, the trail of globes across the region will include interplanetary installations in Wirral, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens, as well as a walking trail of five large globes in Liverpool city centre.

Wirral Council Leader, Councillor Janette Williamson, said: “Our globe sits poignantly in the historic surroundings of Birkenhead Priory, and is a fantastic way to raise awareness about such an important subject. It’s a really creative way for the region’s communities and schools to engage with the globes and learn valuable lessons from our history.”

As well as the globe at Birkenhead Priory, St George’s Primary School, Cathcart Street Primary School, The Wirral Multicultural Centre and West Kirby Grammar have created ‘learning globes’, which can be found at Wallasey Central Library, Bloom Building in Birkenhead and Port Sunlight Village Trust.

The globes will be at the centre of a broader learning and engagement programme, with schools, community groups, and cultural institutions from across the city region taking part.

The World Reimagined globe at Birkenhead Priory
The World Reimagined globe at Birkenhead Priory

The globe at Birkenhead Priory, titled ‘A Complex Triangle’, was designed by artist Jioni Warner.

Jioni said: “My globe highlights the experience of the Caribbeans who migrated to England between 1948 and 1971, known as the Windrush generation. The globe uplifts their stories and showcases how they paved a way to future generations, such as myself.”

The ten large globes can be found at the following locations:
• Halton: Spike Island, outside the Catalyst Museum
• Knowsley: The Court Yard, Court Hey Park
• Liverpool: Central library; Liverpool Anglican Cathedral; Rialto (Berkeley Square); Liverpool One (College Lane); Martin Luther King Building, Albert Dock
• Sefton: Marine Gardens, Waterloo
• St Helens: Pilkington’s World of Glass Garden
• Wirral: The Priory, Birkenhead

The project forms part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Race Equality Programme, which was established by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in 2020.

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