Film star, Michael Sheen, is urging people to cast a vote for their local finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2018, the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery funded projects.
In the running is Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum which is competing for the title of the National Lottery’s Best Education project. It’s one of 49 projects from around the UK competing in this year’s National Lottery Awards, which celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.
International Slavery Museum is based in Albert Dock and is the only institution of its kind in the country to focus on history and contemporary slavery. The Museum opened on 23 August 2007 on Slavery Remembrance Day and the bicentenary of the abolition of slave trade in Britain. As well as supporting a range of new display galleries at the museum, National Lottery funding has enabled more than half a million children, young people and families to participate in creative and innovative educational activities.
Julia Bryan, Senior Education Manager at the International Slavery Museum, says winning a prestigious National Lottery Award and having their work showcased on national television would be an honour:
“National Lottery funding helped us to open the International Slavery Museum, and it’s fantastic to be in the finals of the National Lottery Awards for our Education programme.
“We’re the only museum of our kind to look at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery as well as being an international hub for resources on human rights issues. We deal with a difficult subject and, through education, we believe we can bridge differences and unite people.”
Film star and National Lottery Awards ambassador, Michael Sheen, says: “I am immensely proud of the incredible work these National Lottery funded projects deliver day in and day out in our communities throughout the UK.
“Their truly life-changing work is only made possible through the amazing dedication of all the staff and volunteers who run them. My message is simple – these extraordinary finalists need your support, so please get voting!”
The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on 26 September 2018.
To vote go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting closes at midnight on 27 July.