Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered

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The Merseyside Maritime Museum, which houses Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered

Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered is the UK Border Agency National Museum, 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 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]


The museum was established in 1994 as 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 current location of the museum in the basement of Merseyside Maritime Museum opened as HM Revenue and Customs National Museum in May 2008 (known as 'Seized! Revenue and Customs Uncovered') 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.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered, National Museums Liverpool. Accessed 21 December 2010.
  2. ^ Who we are - UK Border Agency National Museum, National Museums Liverpool website. Accessed 21 December 2010.

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