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Collecting our past

24 May 2016 by Liz

University of Liverpool Continuing Education Department and Merseyside Archaeological Society members investigate Rainford's early industries in 1979

University of Liverpool Continuing Education Department and Merseyside Archaeological Society investigate Rainford’s early industries in 1979

As National Museums Liverpool celebrates its 30th birthday I sit in the museum store and pause for a moment’s thought about the ways archaeology and our collecting has changed since Liverpool’s museums gained their national status in the mid 1980s. Working with the regional archaeology collection at the Museum of Liverpool I see, recorded in the collections, the ways in which the practice of archaeology has changed over the last 30 years.

By the time National Museums Liverpool was created in 1986 interest in archaeology was a widespread Read more…

Carved in stone

18 May 2016 by Liz

Calder Stones

On Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June Liverpool is hosting the British Rock Art Group’s annual conference – bringing together researchers from around the world to share their research and ideas on prehistoric and historic rock art. Read more…

Why do we treasure Treasure?

12 April 2016 by Liz

Roman coins

The Roman Treasures of Cheshire, on display at the Museum of Liverpool until 19 June, are two examples of deliberately buried hoards of precious objects – hidden for safekeeping and never collected.

The Malpas Hoard consists of 7 gold alloy iron age starters and 28 silver alloy Roman denarii.

The Knutsford Hoard consists of 101 silver alloy Roman denarii, two copper alloy Roman sestertii, two finger rings, three gilded silver brooches, and pottery.

Both these groups of objects qualified as ‘Treasure’ under the Treasure Act (1996), being objects or more than 2 coins which are over 10 per cent precious metals. Read more…

Merseyside’s oldest skeleton gets a facelift

18 March 2016 by Liz

Leasowe Man

‘Leasowe Man’ as reconstructed by Facelab from his skull

We’re delighted to have a brand new computer-generated 3D model of the face of Merseyside’s oldest skeleton on display in the Timeline in the History Detectives gallery. Read more…

Outer appearances

9 March 2016 by Liz

Buddhist monks dress with conformity to help a simple and meditative life

Buddhist monks dress with conformity to help a simple and meditative life

In modern society many of us try not to make too many assumptions about people based on what they look like, and doing so is a point of debate. Modern campaigns promote body positive attitudes regardless of physical appearances, and work to prevent the imposition of gender stereotypes on the way children are dressed.
However, the fashion and associated industries are heavily based on the assumption that we want to make ourselves look certain ways to express something of our identities. People dress to please themselves, to fit in with like-minded people, to attract a partner, and to enhance their careers. Read more…

Explore our Roman past

3 February 2016 by Liz

Roman coins

Roman denarii coins from the Malpas Hoard

To coincide with our forthcoming exhibition, Roman Treasures of Cheshire, there’s a great opportunity to explore the Roman past of north west England in detail at a forthcoming day conference. The Cheshire Hoards and the Romano-British North West conference will run on Saturday 27 February at the Museum of Liverpool. Archaeologists from around the country will present the latest research about finds and explore the context of settlement in this region.

The Cheshire Hoards are two groups of Roman Treasure, the Malpas Hoard and the Knutsford Hoard.  These have both recently been reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and have now been acquired by Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum jointly through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Read more…

All that glitters – is it gold?

15 December 2015 by Liz

Roman coins

One of the Museum of Liverpool’s latest acquisitions into the Regional Archaeology Collection is the amazing Malpas Hoard. This collection of coins, buried around AD50 has been acquired jointly with Congleton Museum as part of the Cheshire Hoards Project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The hoard consists of seven Iron Age coins, of a denomination called staters, and 28 Roman coins of a denomination called denarii. Read more…

Here there be witches?

30 October 2015 by Liz

Shoe discovered inside a wall during building works at the Everyman Theatre

Shoe discovered inside a wall during building works at the Everyman Theatre

At the Museum of Liverpool there’s currently a display to celebrate the Everyman Theatre’s year as RIBA Stirling Prize winner. One of the items on display is a shoe which was found inside a wall when the 1975-77 Everyman Theatre building was being demolished. The shoe appears to date from the period of construction in the 1970s, but how and why it was within the wall is shrouded in mystery.

It’s possible that this represents a modern re-invention of a historic practice of placing shoes inside walls of buildings as protection from witches.  Read more…

Roundhouses, rubbish and Romans

7 September 2015 by Liz

The evidence of the buildings is being analysed, and they seem to have been constructed in clay and timber and may have been round-houses similar to this

The evidence of the buildings is being analysed, and they seem to have been constructed in clay and timber and may have been round-houses similar to this

Mark Adams, Archaeological Project Officer, tells us about one of his latest, and favourite, finds:

“A team of archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology North and the Museum of Liverpool have recently excavated a Romano-British settlement at Burton, Cheshire Read more…

Treasure acquired for the region!

20 July 2015 by Liz

old brooches

Brooches from the Knutsford Hoard

Great news! The Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum have received £65,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project that will help to acquire two locally-discovered hoards of Roman treasure.

The Hoards of Cheshire project will enable us to acquire the Knutsford and Malpas hoards for the region, and create a small exhibition around them, which will tour. Read more…



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