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Human Traffic

Liverpool's new international museum of slavery confronts us all with the history of this barbaric trade. ClickNetherfield was fortunate to be part of the team that brought the exhibition to life.

  • inca prism and access cases at the international slavery museum
  • inca prism and access cases at the international slavery museum
  • inca prism and access cases at the international slavery museum

Our role in the project was the design, development and construction of custom-built and custom-shaped cases, with an important focus on conservation and protection of the precious artefacts.

The museum's conservation requirements were extremely stringent, and as a result many of the cases are equipped with active climate control and passive humidity management systems. We also paid very close attention to the visibility of the artefacts, particularly important given the low ambient light levels in the exhibition spaces. Amiran® low reflective glass has been used for its enhanced transparency and wider viewing angles. To make the most of this enhanced visibility our team designed and developed custom fibre optic lighting systems - providing subtle and effective illumination that does not spill out of the cases. As well as the bespoke lighting design, we also developed a new system of vertical drawers, for optimal display of the collection.

The exhibition includes an extensive range of multimedia items, including filmed interviews and presentations.

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Exhibition fact file

What's Inside

Objects and artefacts telling the story of the slave trade.

Museum

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Date

August 2007

Designer

Redman Design

Cases Used

Inca, Prism and Access