Border Force National Museum

The Border Force National Museum (previously - UK Border Agency) is located in Liverpool, England and holds the national collection of HM Revenue and Customs, one of the most important collections of its type held anywhere in the world. Originally HM Customs & Excise National Museum, the collection is now a gallery located on the basement floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum at the Albert Dock.

The entrance to Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered

The exhibits tell the story of smuggling and contraband from the 18th century to the present day. They include an extensive display of tools of the job, prints, paintings and photographs relating to the work of the UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs. Other items look at the ingenious and often dangerous world of smuggling, prohibited goods and concealment.[1]

HistoryEdit

The museum was established in 1994 a partnership between National Museums Liverpool and HM Customs & Excise, which in 2005 merged with the Inland Revenue to form HM Revenue and Customs. The museum was designed to educate the public about smuggling and contraband from 1700s to the present day.[2]

The museum was named as HM Revenue and Customs National Museum in May 2008 (known as 'Seized! Revenue and Customs Uncovered')[3] and then became the UK Border Agency National Museum (known as 'Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered') following a new lead partnership with the UK Border Agency in 2009.[4] Following the rename of the UK Border Agency in 2012 to Border Force, the museum is now known as "Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered Border Force National Museum".[5]

Since May 2008 the collection has been located in the basement of Merseyside Maritime Museum. Fraser Randall was chosen to carry out a refurbishment of the exhibition by National Museums Liverpool. The construction company created setworks, interactives, audio visual and graphics works. The exhibition designers updated the collection with the ability for visitor interaction and family-friendly displays. The cost of the refurbishment totalled £500,000.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered, National Museums Liverpool. Accessed 21 December 2010.
  2. ^ "HM Customs & Excise National Museum". National Museums Liverpool. Archived from the original on 10 September 2003. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Seized! Revenue and Customs uncovered". National Museums Liverpool. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Who we are - UK Border Agency National Museum, National Museums Liverpool". National Museums Liverpool. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered Border Force National Museum". National Museums Liverpool. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Seized!! Revenue & Customs Uncovered National Museums Liverpool". Fraser Randall. Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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Coordinates: 53°24′04″N 2°59′34″W / 53.4012°N 2.9929°W / 53.4012; -2.9929