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Congratulations…Discovery Volunteers win Regional vinspired Award

10 November 2010 by volunteer

The volunteers’ team are happy to announce that our Discovery Volunteers project has been named the regional winner North West for THE UNITE AWARD for team activity at the vinspired Awards 2010.

Since summer 2009, 72 young people have been involved with the project, having volunteered on gallery at World Museum – chatting to our visitors about specially chosen handling objects. We are really pleased that this award recognises all their hard work and the positive impact that they have made within our museums. We would like to say a big well done to all the young people who have taken part as a Discovery Volunteer! Read more…

Two weeks in Dharamsala

10 November 2010 by Emma Martin

Photo of townhouses and cars

Tibet Museum in Dharamsala

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently in India undertaking research on the Tibet collections held at National Museums Liverpool. Upper Dharamsala or Mcleod Ganj is home to the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and it is here that many cultural and governmental institutions were rebuilt after 1959 when many Tibetans including the Dalai Lama came to this small hill station to seek refuge.

Here you will find government offices, libraries and museums and a focus for many Buddhist pilgrims from around the world; the Tsuklagkhang.  In exile the Tsuklagkhang has become a focus for Tibetan Buddhist practice and in many ways acts as a replacement for the Jokhang, the seventh century temple which sits at the very heart of Lhasa in Tibet and is considered the most important Buddhist site for Tibetans. 

The Tsuklagkhang complex is home not only to the Dalai Lama’s official residence, but also the Tibet Museum, which tells through personal stories, photographs and video installations the events that changed individual Tibetans lives and choices and sacrifices those people made to reach India. I was impressed with the way those individual stories acted as symbols for the stories of many Tibetans who had made those journeys and unlike most museums I visit I read every word!  Read more…

On their own – Britain’s child migrants

9 November 2010 by Sam

archive photo of 4 young children carrying suitcases

Four children bound for Fairbridge Farm School, Molong 1938. Reproduced courtesy of Molong Historical Society.

This week two museums at opposite ends of the world are unveiling the results of a major collaborative project about child migration schemes from Britain to the Commonwealth. Curator Ellie Moffat from the Merseyside Maritime Museum explains:

“Over the last couple of years we have been developing an exhibition in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in Sydney. Tomorrow that exhibition, ‘On their own – Britain’s child migrants‘, opens at ANMM.

ANMM approached us a few years ago about collaborating on a project looking at the history of Britain’s child migrants, and this exhibition is the culmination of that work. The partnership has been very productive and engaging – if sometimes challenging due to the distance and time differences! Read more…


9 November 2010 by Lisa

Model T-Rex


Have you heard about the T-Rex yet? This fearsome creature will be coming to the World Museum in just a few weeks time! To celebrate we’ll have loads of great dino events for you to enjoy during our Dinomania! weekend.

Here you can see a video of the T-Rex as visitors get up close to this 14ft long beast. It will be roaming around the museum from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 December, so this is a one off event that you won’t want to miss! Read more…

The untold story of Titanic and Liverpool

8 November 2010 by Sam

detail of ship model showing the name 'Titanic Liverpool'

On ‘Inside Out’ on BBC1 in the North West at 7.30 this evening you can see an interview with Maritime Museum curator and Titanic expert Dr Alan Scarth. He’ll be talking about the Titanic’s connections with Liverpool – a subject that he researched recently for his book ‘Titanic and Liverpool’ – currently available from our online bookshop. He told us a bit more about it below.

Update 9/11/10: If you missed ‘Inside Out’ last night you can watch it online for the next week on the BBC iPlayer.
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Down Argentina way

8 November 2010 by Stephen

ship model in a display case

Image courtesy of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.

Several of my seafaring ancestors headed for South America – some got there, others did not for a variety of reasons so this story has added poignancy for me.

It underlines the dangers of carrying too much cargo despite Samuel Plimsoll bringing about reforms which outlawed overloaded ships.

It was ironic that the ship in this story sank because she was carrying too much cargo, which was badly stowed.

This was more than 50 years after the Plimsoll Line was introduced, ensuring a clearly visible line on a ship’s hull indicating how much she was carrying. Read more…

Pitt Street remembered at Waterfront event

5 November 2010 by Lucy

Thirty two members of the St Michael in the City Church Group attended an event at the Maritime Museum this week to mark the close of six months of fact-finding in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool Global City gallery team.

Attending the event were those who grew up around Pitt Street and Cleveland Square, whole streets that were flattened in the May Blitz of World War Two. This area was once a hub of activity for Seamen from all over the world, their families part of a vibrant community that would form the foundations of Liverpool’s Chinatown as its known today. Read more…

Wondrous Plaque

4 November 2010 by Lucy

Today, I went along to see Billy Fury’s statue, which is positioned next to the Piermaster’s House at the Albert Dock.

After over six years of fundraising by the Sound of Fury Fan Club, the statue – created by sculptor Tom Murphy – was revealed in April 2003. The unveiling at the old Museum of Liverpool Life was a fantastic occasion witnessed by the many involved in the project, and those who simply wanted to honour the memory of the rock ‘n’ roll legend. Read more…

Boy trader

1 November 2010 by Stephen

Stephen next to a model ship in a display case

Image courtesy of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

I had my first newspaper column when I was 18 and this paved the way to a successful 30-year career in journalism.

However, I thought I’d chosen the wrong job when I read that the pop singer Cat Stevens – who was also 18 – earned £1,000 a week (this was 1966).

My starting salary was seven guineas (£7.35) a week – and I gave my mum £2 10s (£2.50) towards household bills.

Scotsman William McAndrew was just 18 when he founded his shipping line in 1770 to import fruit and wine from Spain, Portugal and the Azores. Read more…

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