Giant globe at Birkenhead Priory raises awareness about the slave trade
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.