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150th anniversary of the training ship Indefatigable

19 September 2014 by Sam

painting of a ship with 3 masts

Maritime Archives and Library reference DX 2363

150 years ago on 19 September 1864 John Clint, a Liverpool seaman and ship-owner, and Mayor Charles Mozley called a public meeting at Liverpool Town Hall, ‘for the establishment in the River Mersey of a training ship for the children and orphans of seafaring persons and other poor and destitute boys’. By mid November the Admiralty had agreed to their request to provide a suitable ship. They granted the loan of the 50 gun frigate ‘Indefatigable’. On 9 February 1864 the ship left Plymouth for the Mersey to be fitted out at Coburg dock.

The Maritime Archives and Library hold many of the archives of the training ship Indefatigable including minute books, cadet register books, visitor report books and photographs, which give insights into the lives of the cadets there. Read more…

Sauce sensations and the power of pickles…

18 September 2014 by Stacey

A jar of yellow Piccalill and tall bottle of brown sauce

Sheeran’s Brown Sauce and Piccalilli

Ben Sheeran, Head Chef at National Museums Liverpool, looks ahead to the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival which takes place on 19, 20 and 21 September. Here he blogs about the joys of pickles and sauces.

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Win tickets to John Moores first prize announcement!

15 September 2014 by Laura

Five artists

The John Moores 2014 shortlist (from left to right): Rose Wylie, Juliette Losq, Mandy Payne, Alessandro Raho and Rae Hicks

We’re very excited to offer 5 lucky people a pair of tickets to the announcement of the winner of this year’s John Moores Painting Prize. Read more…

Lusitania’s maiden voyage

10 September 2014 by Ellie

Cunard liner Lusitania in New York harbour

MCR/25/118 Lusitania’s first arrival in New York. Image probably out of copyright, copyright unknown. Please contact us if you have information.

In the lead up to Merseyside Maritime Museum marking the centenary of the sinking of Lusitania on 7 May 2015 with our upcoming exhibition ‘Lusitania: life loss, legacy’, it is worth flagging up some other significant dates in the history of this world famous passenger liner. Read more…

Preparing for Liverpool Food Fest with British classics…

10 September 2014 by Stacey

Bowl of Scouse

Ben Sheeran, Head Chef at National Museums Liverpool, looks ahead to the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival which takes place on 19, 20 and 21 September.

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Conflict in Context

9 September 2014 by Liz

Evidence for out military past: flint from a post-medieval musket or gun found by volunteers working on a community excavation in Rainford, near St Helens

Evidence for our military past: flint from a post-medieval musket or gun found by volunteers working on a community excavation in Rainford, near St Helens

A conference held at Museum of Liverpool on 27th and 28th September will explore the history of warfare from the 17th to the 20th centuries.  ‘Conflict in Context’ is being organised by the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Read more…

Billy Fury and The Wycherley Way

5 September 2014 by Dickie

Music fan Matt Jacobson recounts the day he discovered the music of Liverpool singing sensation Billy Fury - and ruined his tea in the process. Read more…

Mandy Payne, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

4 September 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Mandy Payne, shortlisted artist with her work, ‘Brutal’

In the final instalment of the John Moores Painting Prize guest blogs, shortlisted artist, Mandy Payne discusses her unlikely move from dentistry to paint! Read more…

Research First World War family history

4 September 2014 by Lucy

Image of boy trying on helmet

Our City Soldiers gallery features a range of military headware to try on

Come along to the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday from 10:30am – 4:30pm for a free First World War Family History Event.

There’s loads going on, including a trench erected in the Museum’s atrium, and an Edwardian School Mistress will also be on hand to teach people about the causes of the First World War.

Our Family History Events can help you search for relatives who served in the war, and give insight into people’s experiences on the Front and at home. This year, the event is more poignant due to the Centenary of the First World War and our new exhibition ‘First World War: reflecting on Liverpool’s Home Front’, which is being displayed to mark 100 years since the outbreak of war.

At the Museum of Liverpool, we look after the collections of The King’s Regiment displayed in the ‘City Soldiers’ gallery, which features a research database for visitors to use to find out more about family members who served with the King’s. The Devereux Database currently contains the biographical details of more than 81,500 men who served in the King’s Regiment during the First World War, along with approximately 5,000 images. This year’s Family History Event will be particularly special because the compiler of this database will be attending from the U.S.A.

We are also working with local experts and societies to assist visitors’ research of soldiers from the area, including:

  • Liverpool Medical Institute
  • Liverpool Medical History Society
  • WO1 (RSM) Bob Dixon from 208 Field Hospital
  • Local King’s Regiment experts
  • The Western Front Association
  • Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society
  • The Liverpool First World War Research Committee
  • The Liverpool Pals
  • The King’s Regiment Association
  • John Moores University

There will be a range of family friendly activities on offer throughout the day including handling sessions, poetry performances and arts and crafts for younger visitors. Visitors can also meet the Museum’s own King’s Regiment ‘Tommy Atkins’ and see what his life in a trench was like, or learn about the embroidered postcards he sent home.

 

Red Ensign flying for Merchant Navy Day

3 September 2014 by Jen

Red Ensign flag flying above the Pilotage building.

The Red Ensign flying above the Pilotage building.

Anyone visiting us down at the Liverpool waterfront this week might have noticed a distinctive red flag flying above the old Liverpool Pilotage building next door to the Museum of Liverpool. Bright red, with the Union flag in the top left corner, it’s known as a Red Ensign. Yesterday myself and a couple of colleagues had the slightly hair-raising task (it looks a lot higher up once you get up there!) of climbing up to the roof and raising the flag in time to mark Merchant Navy Day on  3 September. Read more…