Posts by Lynn
Tony Parker, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, reveals the weird and wonderful collection of reptiles and amphibians… in jars!
“One of the things I find compelling about our collection of reptiles and amphibians is that they are stored in glass jars with strange-looking fluids, as if they are museum specimens straight out of the Victorian era. In fact, most of the specimens are actually from a much later period, including significant additions to the collection in the 1950s and 60s. Read more…
Curator of Classical Antiquities, Chrissy Partheni tells us of her work on this fascinating sculptural collection from ancient Cyprus.
“Over the last 12 months I have been working on digital records of our antiquities collection of ancient Cyprus limestone pieces.
My first encounter with this collection was seeing lots of boxes in our store, filled with sculptural pieces, mainly heads, all made in limestone, a chalky but light material. The collection was donated to us in 1872 by Captain Fothergill. We have 125 limestone pieces in total with 11 “Temple boy” statuettes being particularly interesting. Read more…
3 September 2015 by Lynn
Tibetan robes, watercolours, Egyptian mummies and frogs – what do they have in common? They’re all part of our vast and varied collections!
We’ve been looking at how we can present the items from our collections, better online. Because we have such diverse collections, it’s really difficult to find a single way to do this. As well as decorative and fine art collections, we have collections of insects, birds, plants, social history, medals, ships, models, maritime archives and items associated with slavery. And that’s just some of them! Read more…
25 June 2015 by Lynn
Here, Curator of Botany, Donna Young reveals a fascinating part of our botanical collection, Brendel’s anatomical plant models and how they were used as teaching aides.
“Down in the basement of World Museum there is a room with cabinets lining the walls. Inside these cabinets are an amazing collection of large and very colourful plant models. You may have seen some of them displayed in our atrium or in our Clore Natural History Centre. Read more…
9 March 2015 by Lynn
Hayley Evans, from the University of Leicester tells us about her role as video producer for MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a free online course in Museum Studies- a collaboration between National Museums Liverpool and The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.
Being a filmmaker at the University of Leicester gives me the opportunity to work on various projects Read more…
12 February 2015 by Lynn
Gina Muskett, former curator of Antiquities, here tells us about unicorn horns and the walking stick, and our ivories collection.
One of my favourite parts of the antiquities collection is the group of carved European ivories and I’d like to share the stories of a couple with you. Read more…
Ben Jones, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, shares his experience of working with this unique family collection of studio ceramics.
We were privileged last year to receive a large donation of wonderful material from the Ratoff family. The Ratoffs, Len and Pamela, were both active members of the Liverpool medical community, Len being a Doctor and Pamela, the Senior Social worker and head of department at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Throughout their working lives they indulged a love of ceramics, buying from a great number of North Welsh artists in easy reach of their then home in Llangwm, Gwynedd.
28 January 2015 by Lynn
Clem Fisher, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology talks about her obsession with and extensive research into the work of John Gilbert, ornithologist, curator and explorer.
I first became interested in the collections of John Gilbert when I started work as “Trainee, Natural History” in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum Liverpool) in 1975.
3 December 2014 by Lynn
We think it’s a great place for kids. Happily for us, it’s not just us that think this – World Museum has just won the ‘Best day out for under 12s’ at the Family Go Live awards. Yay!
So, what is it that appeals most to children at the museum?
8 October 2014 by Lynn
As it’s “free wills month” throughout October, Abby Jones, from our Development office, talks here about how leaving a gift in your will could help others.
Leaving a gift in your will, also known as a legacy, is not something that is usually on the top of people’s conversation lists. I mean it isn’t the easiest thing to talk about is it? – Leaving money to something after you are no longer here to enjoy it yourself? But wouldn’t it be great to leave something in your will to National Museums Liverpool and experience the benefits of that gift now? Read more…