10 November 2017 by Eleanor Webster
On Thursday 9 November the World Museum launched its stunning new events space, celebrating with an ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ inspired evening.
Opening up an area of the Museum previously unseen by the public, the new multi-purpose space has been redeveloped with events in mind and can be utilised by connecting three different areas of the Museum’s ground floor. Modern elements of the redevelopment, such as adaptable up-lighting, were admired alongside the grand features of the breath-taking space last night as guests enjoyed acoustic classics from local band, The Crutwells. The room was dressed with hot air balloon themed floral displays from Red Productions and a projection of a compass highlighted the room’s original features, with special lighting managed by MSP. More travel-themed props filled the room, provided by Event Prop Hire, and the Jolly Good Photo Company allowed guests to capture their ‘Around the World Museum’ experience with a nostalgic snapshot.
One of the most unique elements of hosting events at National Museums Liverpool is that clients can entertain guests with private tours of our fascinating galleries and exhibitions. As well as showcasing this last night, the events team also wanted to encapsulate the ‘Around the World Museum’ theme with a journey around the World Museum itself. Small, intimate tours – or ‘excursions’ – of our Ancient Egypt and World Cultures galleries were available, with our world-class curators sharing their knowledge with our guests. As well as a fun journey through space and time at our planetarium show, guests also listened to a talk from Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Classical Antiquities, who gave a history of the events space itself.
Although the ground floor underwent a modern redevelopment this year, it has a long history having originally opened as the Technical School of Liverpool in 1901. Features of the building’s original architecture, including intricate painted plasterworks, adorn the walls and ceilings, depicting messages meant to inspire the students who studied in the building prior to it becoming part of the Museum.
Showcasing National Museums Liverpool’s exceptional in-house catering offer, Head Chef James Behan worked with the events team to produce a creative menu which reflected the journey taken by Phileas Fogg around the world. Starting with a British classic, king prawn and langoustine cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, guests were then treated to Egyptian lamb kofta flatbreads, baba ganoush and spicy tomato sauce or Fava bean falafel flatbread and baba ganoush. India was the next stop on this wonderful culinary journey, with spiced butternut squash, turmeric potato and coriander samosa canapes on offer. In contrast with the spicy, aromatic flavours of India, a selection of traditional maki rolls and nigiri sushi canapes were served to reflect the Far East. The circuit around the world was completed with a trip to America, where beef sliders were served with smoked chilli jam, Monterey Jack cheese and dill pickle. Cajun spiced sweet potato and pinto bean sliders with Monterey Jack cheese and jalapeno salsa were also offered as a vegetarian alternative.
After being wowed by extraordinary magician Michael Wolfe, we ensured our guests concluded their wonderful journey ‘Around the World Museum’ with a traditional ‘postal package’ containing a souvenir from our shop and a handmade hot-air balloon biscuit made by our chefs. Guests even received a special postcard from our events team!
The dedicated events team host some of Liverpool’s most prestigious events, delivering a wide range of events in the organisation’s seven unique venues for up to 1,000 guests. Having operated for more than 25 years, the events team won an Excellence in Business Tourism accolade at the 2017 Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards, which took place in May. Providing exceptional private dining, receptions, conferences, weddings and facilitating high-profile commercial filming, National Museums Liverpool’s portfolio of facilities includes three lecture theatres and an innovative in-house catering offer. All profits from the Events division are gifted annually to National Museums Liverpool, meaning that corporate clients contribute to the future of the city’s museums and galleries.
To find out more about hosting an event with National Museums Liverpool, please contact our team by email or call 0151 478 4780.
The events team at National Museums Liverpool would like to thank all curators and suppliers involved with the ‘Around the World Museum’ launch event, as well as all of our guests.
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