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Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza

21 July 2014 by Liz

Excavations underway at Rainford Library

On 2 August the Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza will celebrate heritage crafts, celebrating the early industrial heritage of the village of Rainford, near St Helens. The Museum of Liverpool Archaeology Department have been working with the Merseyside Archaeological Society for the last year and a half on the Rainford’s Roots project, investigating the development of industry in the village. Read more…

Lunt Meadows questionnaire

7 July 2014 by Liz

Excavations at Lunt Meadows

Excavations at Lunt Meadows

In August 2012 the Museum of Liverpool Archaeology Department discovered a rare and important early prehistoric hunter-gatherer site on land at Lunt Meadows that is due to become a wetland nature reserve Read more…

Rainford archaeology on show

3 July 2014 by Liz

Volunteer with pot he excavated in Rainford

Volunteer, Michael Chapman excavated this near-complete 16th century cup in a garden in Rainford

Some of the thousands of finds discovered in Rainford, St Helens in the last couple of years have gone on display for the festival of archaeology. At Rainford library a display of finds, ‘Pipes, Pots and People’ will be on show until 18 July; and in the Museum of Liverpool Rainford’s Roots will be on display until 31 July.

Rainford is a happy hunting ground for archaeologists and since 2013 the Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists have run both commercial and community excavations in the village. These digs have investigated Rainford’s industrial past: a centre for the production of pottery from the 16th century, and clay tobacco pipes from the 17th century. Read more…

Look out for the Vikings!

4 April 2014 by Liz

Huxley-Hoard-Treasure-for-wVikings are all the rage at the moment!  With the major ‘Vikings: life and legend exhibition‘ at the British Museum, ‘The Vikings’ dramatised TV series on Love Film or DVD and even a Telegraph newspaper test of your own Viking credentials!

If you want your dose of Vikings here in Liverpool, you should to come to the Museum of Liverpool and see the Huxley Hoard of Viking silver, on display in the Timeline on the first floor.  Read more…

Drawing conclusions about the past

6 March 2014 by Liz

Drawings of cups excavated in Rainford

Recently staff in the archaeology department at the Museum of Liverpool have been working on drawings of some of our finds from the Rainford’s Roots community archaeology project.

We draw a lot of our finds as this helps to record their form (shape), material and textures. Sometimes drawings can be better than photographs in showing some of the detail of an object.  Read more…

Behind the scenes archaeology tours

17 January 2014 by Liz

Volunteer with pot he excavated in Rainford

We’ve been digging in Rainford in 2013 as part of the Rainford’s Roots Project.  We’ve found thousands of fascinating finds which reveal information about the historic cottage industry of ‘potting’ in the village.  Volunteers on the project have helped wash and catalogue many of these finds, and in due course they will become part of the collection of the Museum of Liverpool Read more…

Festival of Archaeology 2013

12 July 2013 by Liz

museum display of archaeological finds

Rainford’s Roots display

The Festival of Archaeology begins tomorrow some great free events for budding archaeologists of all ages. Come along to the Museum of Liverpool and World Museum to explore our archaeology collections with us during the Festival, 13 to 28 July 2013.

At Museum of Liverpool there are two special displays of recent finds: one from the internationally-important Mesolithic site at Lunt Meadows, Sefton; one from the community archaeology excavation at Rainford, St Helens. Read more…

Do you remember Liverpool’s courts?

21 June 2013 by Liz

court housing reconstruction in the museum

Copyright Mark McNulty

If you’ve visited the Museum of Liverpool you might have seen the court in The People’s Republic gallery.  This reconstruction represents a standard housing type in Liverpool from the early 18th to the mid 20th centuries.

Small back-to-back houses densely packed around courtyards formed the homes of tens of thousands of people.  Without adequate water supply or drainage in many areas they became ‘slums’.  From the early 20th century programmes to clear them and replace them with better quality housing with improved facilities benefited communities across the city. Read more…

Community dig at Leasowe Lighthouse

10 October 2007 by Liz

excavated area of brick floor

Over the last couple of weeks our Field Archaeology Unit has been working on a community dig at Leasowe on the Wirral. We are now half way through and are finding the remains of some buildings which once stood next to the lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1763. A late eighteenth or nineteenth century stable and coach-house is shown in some early photographs and on old plans but the excavation has revealed more detail about how it was built and used at different times in the past. Read more…