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The weird and wonderful jobs of Pembroke Place

9 January 2017 by Liz

Street sign for Pembroke Place

Today we have a guest blog from Richard MacDonald, a freelance historical researcher and Blue Badge Guide. Richard is leading a team of volunteers investigating historic street directories as part of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

“Have you ever been in the awkward situation of finding yourself with a filthy ostrich feather and not knowing how best to clean it? Read more…

Pembroke Place – read all about it!

13 December 2016 by Liz

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Today we have a guest blog from Lucy Kilfoyle, a researcher in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Lucy is leading a team of volunteers investigating historic newspapers as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

‘Tragic accidents, grisly murders, heart-rending tales of good people fallen upon hard times: what’s not to like? At first glance, historical newspapers are not exactly the most glamorous of places to find human interest stories from the past. Invariably, old papers and journals are dull and faded and unrelentingly uniform in appearance. The font is often minute and the text packed densely together. Until well into the late 19th century, pictures and graphics were few and far between. Read more…

‘Blind School’ digital trail at the Museum of Liverpool

24 November 2016 by Liz

Steve Binns at Mapping Monday (c) Jack Morgan DaDaFest

Steve Binns at Mapping Monday (c) Jack Morgan DaDaFest

Today we have a guest blog from Kerry Massheder-Rigby, History of Place Project Coordinator:

“For Disability History Month 2016 the History of Place project partnered with the Museum of Liverpool to launch a ‘Blind School’ trail on the Merseyside Map in History Detectives.  This trail, about the history of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool, has been researched by volunteers as part of the History of Place Project, delivered by Accentuate.  History of Place is a nationally significant social history programme which will chart disabled people’s lives from the middle ages until the late 20th century in relation to built heritage. In Liverpool the project is investigating the Royal School for the Blind, established in 1791.  Read more…

How do you research the history of a street?

14 November 2016 by Liz

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Detail from Gage’s Map of Liverpool, 1835, showing Pembroke Place

The Museum of Liverpool’s current project Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place is exploring the history of Pembroke Place with our partners, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – long term ‘residents’ of the street.

Volunteers are working with us to explore this history – but where do you start learning about a whole street and its long past? Read more…

1066 and all that!

13 October 2016 by Liz

Friday 14 October 2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the most famous date in British History: 1066, the Battle of Hastings. The event took place in East Sussex, near the town of Battle, where Battle Abbey was established to commemorate the clash between the Normans and the Saxons. The date 1066 is very well-known, and the battle is recorded in detail in the Bayeux Tapestry, but did the events of that year have any impact on people’s lives in Merseyside? 

Read more…

Happy birthday Merseyside Archaeological Society!

15 September 2016 by Liz

South Castle Street excavation

South Castle Street excavation, 1976

Merseyside Archaeological Society (MAS) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!

In the winter of 1975-1976 local archaeologists, both professional and voluntary, began to feel that the new county of Merseyside (founded in 1974) should be represented by its own archaeological society.

There seemed to be a threat to buried archaeology from development, and lots of people keen to preserve the past, and learn more about it. Read more…

The making of the cityscape

30 August 2016 by Liz

I was honoured to be among the first people to see the astounding views from the Museum of Liverpool’s second floor windows. I visited the building when it was still a building site, and the windows hadn’t even been put in! I’d been working on plans of the galleries for years but this hadn’t prepared me for the beautiful views on a bright sunny day. It was literally breath-taking, my gasp was audible! Read more…

Mythbusting archaeology

13 July 2016 by Liz

Viking lady

Viking lady

As the Museum of Liverpool celebrates the Festival of Archaeology in July with a week of free archaeology events we’ll be exploring latest research and discoveries which bust some myths about the past! Read more…

The perks of being a Young Archaeologist

6 July 2016 by Liz

digging at Poulton

Today we have a guest blog by Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) leader Hayley Carlyle and YAC member Amy:

“The Mersey and Dee YAC is one of almost 70 UK branches, headed by the Council for British Archaeology, that endeavours to help young people between 8-16 learn about archaeology and make new friends. Read more…

Did you dig it?

14 June 2016 by Liz

South Castle Street excavation

South Castle Street excavation

Merseyside Archaeological Society (MAS) marks its 40th birthday this year. To celebrate Museum of Liverpool is highlighting some of the finds from some sites excavated by the society in a new display Digging it!, which opened today. We will also be hosting the society’s conference in October. Read more…



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