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David Jones – Victoria Cross Hero

20 March 2012 by Lucy

Image of David Jones, VC

David Jones was awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery

In the run up to our First World War Family History Day at the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday, we’ll be sharing a few stories from our collection about soldiers who fought in World War I.

Today’s story is about David Jones, VC.

David Jones, from Smithdown Lane in Edge Hill, enlisted in 1915 and was soon promoted to Sergeant.

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A Day to Remember

20 March 2012 by Lucy

Boy trying on helmet

(c) Mark McNulty. The City Soldier’s gallery features collections from The King’s Regiment, and a range of helmets to try on.

This Saturday, 24 March, the Museum of Liverpool will be hosting a free First World War family history event to help people with their search into relatives who served in the war.

The Museum looks after the collections of The King’s Regiment in the City Soldiers gallery, which focuses on the long history of the regiment and its relationship with Liverpool. Created in 1685, The King’s Regiment is one of Britain’s oldest regiments. It has been Liverpool’s regiment since 1881, and is now amalgamated into the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  Read more…

The Irish Connection

16 March 2012 by Lucy

Tomorrow is one of my favourite days of the year (except for Christmas and Derby Day). It’s St Patrick’s Day, and if you’re not in Ireland, Liverpool really is one of the best places to celebrate.

The early 19th Century saw half a million Irish people settle in the city, and the country’s music and culture has thrived here ever since. So much so, that we have our own Irish Festival, which takes place in October each year. Read more…

Win tickets for Michael Parkinson’s Billy Fury show

2 March 2012 by Lucy

Michael Parkinson’s Billy Fury show is at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton for one night only on Sunday 1 April 2012.

We have five pairs of tickets up for grabs so all you need to do is answer this question: Whose favourite hat is next to Billy Fury’s first guitar in the Liverpool Sound music exhibition in the Wondrous Place gallery of the Museum of Liverpool?

Photo of Billy Fury Statue

The Billy Fury statue close to the Museum of Liverpool on the city’s waterfront

Email your answer, using this contact form.

Competition closes Sunday 25 March 2012. Read more…

Membership News

21 November 2011 by Lucy

Our Fundraising and Membership Officer Matt Dunn has an update for anyone thinking of signing up for National Museums Liverpool membership. A great idea for a Christmas present!


Families have been signing up in droves recently for our special £20 membership offer, which is available to buy until the end of the year. Family members can visit Age of the Dinosaur as often as they like and because a family ticket normally costs £14, it’s a fantastic money saver. Read more…

The Pier Head Time Warp

10 October 2011 by Lucy

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The People’s Republic gallery, featuring the life size Liver Bird and scale model of the Pier Head. (c) Mark McNulty

The Museum of Liverpool is hosting a free family-friendly event in The People’s Republic gallery this weekend, working with artists collective Re-Dock to create a film to document the life of the Pier Head.

People of all ages are invited to the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday 15 October to get involved with an interactive filmmaking experiment aiming to create a film that mixes old and new footage of the Pier Head together, to create a looping video mix that will take the audience on a journey through time. Read more…

Going for gold!

12 September 2011 by Lucy

On Friday, we were lucky enough to welcome a special visitor to the Wondrous Place Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool.

Curator Paul Gallagher met wrestler Henry Cejudo from the USA, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing. He is the youngest American wrestler to ever win gold for his country.

Henry Cejudo with Paul Gallagher

Olympic Gold medallist wrestler Henry Cejudo from the USA meets Wondrous Place curator Paul Gallagher

Henry is currently touring the North of the UK to get a taste of the country ahead of the London Olympics next year. Read more…

Membership News (2)

23 August 2011 by Lucy

Our Fundraising and Membership Officer Matt Dunn writes:


With the Museum of Liverpool now welcoming thousands of people through its doors each day, it’s been a busy and exhilarating time for staff and visitors alike. Along with a team of fantastic, dedicated volunteers, I spent some time at the Museum promoting our membership scheme during the opening week and if you were there, we probably saw you!

We were delighted that people visited our table to sign up as members, and were especially pleased that this included lots of families taking advantage of our special rate of £20. This price includes free, unlimited visits to the upcoming Age of the Dinosaur exhibition at World Museum opening on 22 October, featuring six life-like animatronic dinosaurs! A family ticket will normally cost £14 per visit so it really is a top deal but don’t worry if you missed us – visit our membership page and you can still sign up. Read more…

Liverpool’s Chinese Family Tree

30 June 2011 by Lucy

How much do you know about your parents and grandparents?

Bernie, Denise and Sun Yui worked with us to find out more about their families who feature in a new interactive Family Tree displayed in East meets west – The Story of Shanghai and Liverpool, part of the new Museum of Liverpool opening on July 19th.

Copies of marriage certificates, passenger lists and trade directories have been put together in a visual log that will provide visitors with plenty of ideas on how to track down family members past and present. These personal stories took us to archives in Shanghai where researchers tried to trace the participants’ Grandfathers – Sow Loo, Ching Ming and Leung Ngau. Read more…

Jimmy Doran, 1931 – 2011

27 May 2011 by Lucy

Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport for National Museums Liverpool, pays tribute to Liverpool carter Jimmy Doran.


Jimmy Doran standing with sculpture

Jimmy Doran stands with the monument ‘Waiting’ by Judy Boyt

Jimmy Doran (27th February, 1931 – 24th May, 2011)

I first met Jimmy Doran at precisely 11am on 20th January 1999. He had telephoned me a few days earlier with the ominous line “I’ve got something I want to talk to you about.”

This ‘something’ turned out to be the history of the Liverpool Carter and their horses. Jimmy and his friends, all former Carters, wanted to put up a monument to the Liverpool Working Horse in the city centre and had started a fundraising campaign. From that first meeting I was hooked – on the project, but also on the Carters (ask anyone in my office!) Read more…