Year 6 in Liverpool
On the 14th November 2019, Year 6 boarded a train bound for Liverpool. The purpose of our trip was to hunt out clues around the city to help us better understand how Liverpool was connected to the slave trade.
We disembarked the train at Morefields station and set off on our journey. We made our way to the Town hall, where the children learnt that between 1700 and 1820, twenty five of Liverpool's City Mayors were invovled in the slave trade. They also learnt that the building was rebuilt, after a fire destroyed the original, by money made through the slave trade. Evidecne of the Town Halls connection to the trade can be seen in the architecture, the children were able to point out palm trees, elephants, griaffes as well as other items that were not natural to the english landscape.
The next stop was Exchange Flags, located directly behind the Town Hall. Here, the children learnt, is where the merchants, including slave traders, would conduct their business. They often exchanged business cards with the flag of their slave ship on it if they were interested in doing business with one another. Hence the name exhange flags.
We also visited St Martins bank and St Nicolas's Church, both of which have connections to the slave trade. The bank was built by slave owners and the church has a golden slave ship on the top spire. The children were amazed and fascinated that there was so much evidence around Liverpool explaining that the city made its fortune thorough slavery. People only have to look for it.
We then visted the Maritime Museum, slavery exhibit, were we attended a workshop that taught us a lot about life in West Africa before the people became enslaved. We learnt that the West African nations were very culturally advanced. We even had the opportunity to explore some of their artefacts.
We finished the day off with a tour. The guide, Danny, was very knowlegable and he expressed how delighted he was to have had our class. Their knowlege and understanding of the topic was very advanced.
As we were about to leave the museum, one of our students found a £20 pound note. He decided to donate it to the museum so that more people like use could enjoy their services in the future. Definitely demonstrating our school value of Kononia.