All aboard for a video voyage through the museum!

14 November 2013 by Sam

film crew filming a man with a huge book

The film crew captured all aspects of the museum, from serious research in the Maritime Archives and Library…

I’m happy to announce that the latest video in the series looking at our venues is now online. This time we took local production company Mocha on a voyage through Liverpool’s seafaring heritage, to capture the many aspects of Merseyside Maritime Museum. As always, we had an early start and managed to fit a lot into the day’s filming.

In the basement the film crew explored the cobbled streets of old Liverpool in the Emigrants to a New World gallery. They took part in a rummage, searching for smuggled goods in a replica ship’s cabin in the Seized! gallery. Joyce from the education team has sworn us all to secrecy about where the hidden items are cleverly concealed, so you’ll have to go and have a look for yourself if you want to know where they are! Check the Seized! events page for the date of the next rummage session.

cameraman wearing a parrot hat filming a boy dressed as a lion

…to family activities and dressing up for our younger visitors (and the young at heart!)

We could have spent all day examining the incredible detail of the ship models in the Art and the Sea gallery – and of course no video would be complete without the poignant displays about the tragically lost ships Titanic and Lusitania.

There were lots of family activities, storytelling and some rather tempting food in the Maritime Dining Rooms to distract us along the way. With so much great footage the dressing up didn’t make it into the final video, but I had to share one of my favourite moments of the day with you here (and confess that I was wearing a shark hat when I took this photo).

After exploring the story of the Merchant Navy during times of war and peace, the day ended in the fascinating reading room at the Maritime Archives and Library.

We hope that the video is a good introduction to the museum for people who have never been – and prompts some fond memories for people who have already visited. Watch it below and see what you think.

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