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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…

Summer fun for young archaeologists!

16 July 2015 by Liz

children in a workshop with a woman in period clothing

School’s out for the summer next week! If you’re looking for an interesting way for your child (aged 8-17) to spend a few days over the holidays, try our Young Archaeologists’ Club summer school workshops!

Tuesday 28 July 2015: Sheep to Shirt
A day of hand-on activities to explore what people wore in the past and how things were made: dyed, woven, braided, and sewn! How did the Vikings wash their socks? Why were nettles so important in clothing? Read more…

We dig football!

13 July 2015 by Liz

old map showing houses and fields, with one property highlighted

Detail from James Newlands’ 1847 map of Liverpool showing the Queen’s Head. Courtesy of Digital Archives Association http://digitalarchives.co.uk/

This weekend, on Saturday 18 July, our archaeologists will be heading out looking for a pub – but this one won’t serve them a pint, it’s the site of an important historical event, and is under the ground!

The Museum of Liverpool archaeology team will be leading a community excavation in search of the Queen’s Head, Village Street, Everton in partnership with Friends of Everton Park . We’re looking to find the spot where the agreement was made to rename St Domingo’s Football Club – it became Everton FC in 1879, and from this time grew in size, and became a founder member of the Football League in 1888.

Local historian and former Liverpool Echo sports editor Ken Rogers, author of the best-selling ‘Lost Tribes of Everton’ books has undertaken considerable research about the building, and has discovered Read more…

Scouse hair-rollers from the past

6 July 2015 by Liz

small ceramic bar

18th century wig curler found during excavations before the construction of the Crown Court in Liverpool

The HAIR exhibition in the Museum of Liverpool explores how Black hair styles have evolved and how they reflect wider social change and political movements. It considers the ways in which hairstyles have reflected status, identity and creativity from early African origins to the present. As an archaeologist this got me thinking about what we might be able to interpret about Black British people’s hairstyles from archaeological evidence.   Read more…

Liverpool Grand Prix

2 July 2015 by Liz

trophy with a man waving a flag on top

Aintree Circuit Lap Record Trophy. On display in Wondrous Place gallery in the Museum of Liverpool

I’m an archaeologist at the Museum of Liverpool, so this blog relates to history which is a bit modern for me, but in my down-time I follow Formula One motorsport and have an interest in its history.

This weekend’s British Grand Prix marks the 60th anniversary of the first time a British Driver won a Grand Prix on home soil.  Read more…

A helping hand for Cheshire archaeology

7 May 2015 by Liz

Roman patera handle

Roman patera handle

The Museum of Liverpool hosts the regional Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). This is a Department for Culture, Media and Sport-funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

Currently we have over a million objects recorded on the database, 13,529 of which have been recorded by Finds Liaison Officers at Museum of Liverpool. Read more…



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