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On the Waterfront

25 November 2015 by Sarah Starkey

Black and white image of ships and warehouses, Georges Dock, Liverpool, 1874

Glass lantern slide of George’s Dock and Goree Warehouses – Liverpool c1874 – courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum

For the last few months I’ve been working on an exhibition that is based around Liverpool Waterfront. Its aim is to explain the buildings that line the Mersey from Kings Dock to Princes Dock. Considering that includes Albert Dock, the Three Graces and the Landing Stage, that is quite a wide brief, Read more…

Objects from the voyages of Captain James Cook

24 November 2015 by Emma

16677-RI 28.18Liverpool’s ethnology collections hold a small number of objects relating to the voyages of Captain James Cook (1728-1779). Cook made three voyages to the Pacific and Americas collecting both new knowledge, and also objects and specimens. Read more…

HIV – fighting fear with education

20 November 2015 by Matt

Matt and John Walter by a huge pink inflatable sculpture

The launch of the Pug Virus installation.

Not that long ago I met up with artist John Walter as he unveiled his Pug Virus at the Walker Art Gallery. The installation, a massive bright pink representation of the HIV Virus, got me thinking about how HIV and other sexually transmitted infections have been represented in Merseyside across the years.

Many people will remember the information campaigns of the mid 1980s which used icebergs, mountains and falling monoliths to shock and scare people into taking precautions against catching the HIV/AIDS virus. Some of them were documented in the Now+then display, at the Museum of Liverpool earlier this year. These ‘doom-laden’ fear-inducing adverts, shot in blues and greys and black, seem a far cry from the bright pink creation of John Walter. How did we get from one representation to the other?  Read more…

Paul Scott’s ceramics inspired by Liverpool’s past on show

19 November 2015 by Felicity

Image of Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

The Walker Art Gallery’s Craft and Design Gallery is an impressive place to be, with ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, furniture and even musical instruments on display; together covering some three hundred years of design history.

No wonder then, that internationally-renowned ceramic artist Paul Scott found ample inspiration there when he visited! So much so, that it inspired him to create a piece that is on show until 28 March 2016 as part of a display in room 13 here at the Walker. Read more…

Family History Day – fun for all the family

18 November 2015 by Andrew

Handle World War One object at Family History Day

Handle World War One object at Family History Day

Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Urban and Military History at the Museum of Liverpool tells us how the Family History Day this Saturday 21 November, is the perfect family day out. Read more…

A major milestone for the Lady Lever South End Galleries redevelopment

17 November 2015 by Ann

Restored ceiling light domes, South Vestibule copyright Pete Carr

Restored ceiling light domes, South Vestibule copyright Pete Carr

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has reached a major milestone in its Heritage Lottery funded development following the completion of a large scale restoration by Clan Contracting to restore the South End rooms of the historic gallery over seen by architects PurcellRead more…

Introducing our collection of snakes, lizards and frogs

17 November 2015 by Lynn

Tony looking at snakes in a jarTony Parker, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, reveals the weird and wonderful collection of reptiles and amphibians… in jars!

“One of the things I find compelling about our collection of reptiles and amphibians is that they are stored in glass jars with strange-looking fluids, as if they are museum specimens straight out of the Victorian era. In fact, most of the specimens are actually from a much later period, including significant additions to the collection in the 1950s and 60s. Read more…

Telling the story

16 November 2015 by Alison

Indian girl with samll baby

Photo © Catherine Rubin Kermorgant. Lakshmi, 14 was dedicated by her aunt, against the will of her mother.

At 1pm on Saturday 21 November, we welcome Catherine Rubin Kermorgant (author of ‘Servants of the Goddess’), to a special event at the International Slavery Museum: ‘Telling the Story’

Catherine is one of three authors taking part in the event, all of whom have been inspired to write books about modern slavery in India.

Here we talk to Catherine about what first inspired her to put pen to paper, and about the impact that working with the devadasis of India has had on her own life. Read more…

Things turn up in the strangest places…

16 November 2015 by Sharon

ornate clock

Silver plated clock dedicated to William Neale, Station Master at Riverside Station. Accession number MOL.2015.77

Riverside Station was a bustling station on the Liverpool waterfront between 1895 and 1971, built to transfer passengers from transatlantic liners onto trains bound for London and the South.

An article in The Liverpool Review on 1 February 1896 stated that:

“there is probably no passenger terminus in the kingdom so conveniently placed in relation to the sea, and the passenger traffic from port to port, as the Liverpool Riverside Station.”

We have several objects relating to the station in our collection including a signal box, station sign, drawings and tickets. We were recently offered this clock connected to the station, with a fascinating story behind it.  Read more…

6 Christmas gifts you’ll want on your list

13 November 2015 by Lisa

christmas-felt-wreath-decorationsStarted your feverish browsing for Christmas gift ideas? Fear not, yule* have no problems finding the perfect gift in our online shop, with prices to suit all budgets! We’ve picked our top 6 gifts to get you started…

*see what we did there?  Read more…

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