National Museums Liverpool has shared plans for the redevelopment of both the International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum, as part of a public consultation.

The designs have been created by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), which have developed the proposals for the Dr Martin Luther King Jr building and the Hartley Pavilion, in a £58m project.

The architectural designs were shared as part of a public invitation for input.

The redevelopment was originally set to be led by architects Adjaye Associates but was dropped last August in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against practice founder David Adjaye.

Threshold of Entrance Pavilion to International Slavery Museum with ironwork screen pattern(FCBStudios)

The designs show a proposal which National Museums Liverpool said could “realise our long-held ambition for the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building (MLK) to become a prominent new entrance to International Slavery Museum, creating an inspiring welcome and a stronger sense of identity for the museum, with its own front door.”

Both venues are expected to close in spring 2025 for works to begin, reopening in 2028.

This project is made possible with £9.9million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. In March it was also announced the project would receive £10m from The Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Teams from National Museums Liverpool will be taking the plans out into various community spaces as well as holding a drop-in public planning consultation day at Museum of Liverpool on 4 April 2024, from 12 noon – 4.30pm.

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The Proposed Entrance Pavilion to International Slavery Museum, a modern entrance stands on the side of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr building (FCBStudios)