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A royal hush fell upon us

8 December 2011 by Lynn

Laura Cox, Visitor Assistant at the Museum of Liverpool shares her experience of the recent royal visit


Queen is presented with flowers at the Museum of Liverpool

As I’m sure you know we had a couple of very special visitors to the Museum of Liverpool on the 1st December, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh came to officially open the building. It was a wonderful day and one I will never forget.

As a Visitor Assistant I was situated in the Wondrous Place gallery, to say I was excited/nervous would be an understatement. Up in the gallery we also had Yoko Ono and Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman waiting to meet the Queen.Being upstairs and not in the atrium of the museum meant I didn’t see the Royal arrival, but I did hear it. Prior to their arrival there had been a buzz around the museum, you could feel the anticipation in the air, but upon their arrival the museum fell silent. Read more…

It’s almost time…

30 November 2011 by Lynn

Laura Cox shares her excitement with us in her first blog here.

Museum of Liverpool

Excitement is well and truly building at the Museum of Liverpool this week, the final touches are being made to the four new galleries, and preparations are being made for the Royal visit.Phase two of the Museum of Liverpool will be opening on Friday 2nd December; the latest galleries open to the public will contain exhibits such as a 38 metre timeline documenting Liverpool’s vast history, Lion, the famous steam locomotive, a gallery dedicated to the King’s Regiment, and of course the highly anticipated Overhead Railway. Read more…

The Museum of Liverpool’s got style!

13 October 2011 by Lynn

Juice logo

So, it’s official. The Museum of Liverpool’s got style. As if we didn’t know!

The museum has been nominated in The Visitor Award category at the Juice FM Style Awards.

The Style Awards are Juice FM’s annual celebration of style in Liverpool, with award categories ranging from the “Most Stylish Scouser” award to the “Lifestyle Award”.

The people of Liverpool nominated their top three in each category.

Not that we’re trying to influence you, but you can vote for the Museum of Liverpool now at: http://promo.u-loader.com/juicefm/style-awards/visitor-award.html. But be quick – voting closes on 23 October. Read more…

Reflection on the Waterfront

19 July 2011 by Lynn

Liverpool’s waterfront is going to be a hive of activity this weekend, with Reflection on the Waterfront packed full of free cultural events.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Liver Building and the opening of the Museum of Liverpool, events will take place from 22 – 24 July at Pier Head.

There is tons going on. For one, the new Museum of Liverpool will be open late until 10pm all weekend. There will be lantern displays and cool lighting displays, as well as the intriguing visual treat of The Macula Spectacular. In concert, there’s the mighty Connie Lush, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra and 6ix Toys. Wow! We can’t wait! Read more…

Members enjoy sneak peek of Paul Trevor’s exhibition

23 May 2011 by Lynn

Here, Matt Dunn, Membership Officer, shares his enjoyment of Paul Trevor’s fantastic photography exhibition and talking to our members.  

Paul Trevor

Paul Trevor’s photograph in Like you’ve never been away exhibition

On Thursday 12 May we welcomed our members to the Walker Art Gallery for the first special event of the new membership year – a look at the excellent new Paul Trevor exhibition, Like you’ve never been away.

Paul’s photographs of people in inner-city Liverpool were taken over six months in 1975. They have triggered a fascinating trip down memory lane for many who have seen them and Paul has even managed to track down a number of people whose photo he took all those years ago! Read more…

Dobby arrives at World Museum

6 May 2011 by Lynn

Dobby at World Museum

Dobby, outside World Museum, with Ryan and Holly Harper, who gave Dobby his name

My name is Dobby. I like salt and vinegar crisps. Nom nom! Anyway, I’m not supposed to talk about crisps I don’t think. In fact, I need to tell you something very important. I have come here from a far away land to visit World Museum. Yes, I know! It’s very exciting! In our land, we don’t have museums or art galleries, so it’s a very interesting and strange idea. You have lots of stuff from outside, from all over the world, in your museum. Weird! Read more…

Edward Rushton makes a stand

21 January 2011 by Lynn

**24 January: Unfortunately, this talk has been cancelled.**


Next week on Monday 24 January Dr. Franca Dellarosa will be giving a lecture at the Anthony Walker Education Centre at the International Slavery Museum.

Starting at 5.30pm her talk Rebellious Poetics:  Slavery, Oppression and Agency in Edward Rushton’s Writings (1787-1814) will discuss the Liverpool writer Edward Rushton.

Although not well know today, his reputation as a lifelong committed champion of human rights made him famous at the time. In 1797 he wrote a critical paper about George Washington for his failure to extend freedom to the enslaved in North America.

Dr. Franca Dellarosa will explore the global terms of Rushton’s civil and political commitment. She will also discuss his use of powerful language in his Expostulatory Letter to George Washington in relation to Liverpool as a slaving port and in the light of developing radical discussion. Read more…

A New York perspective on the International Slavery Museum

21 July 2010 by Lynn

Chase Delano, visiting us from Connecticut, close to New York, shares with us her experience of a rainy trip to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.


Chase Delano

Appropriately, it was raining as I made the trek down to the Merseyside Maritime Museum of Liverpool. Despite the rain, friendly strangers stopped to help point me in the direction of the museum—a kind gesture one might not find in the busy streets of New York, especially on a rainy day. I followed a wet crowd through the gates leading down Albert Dock and into the doors of the museum. The place was filled with people of all ages—from grandparents to grandchildren—and amongst the four floors of different exhibitions, each generation found something of interest to them. Read more…

Snorri the Viking kicks off Festival of British Archaeology

9 July 2010 by Lynn

Photo of Helen with Snorri

Helen with Snorri the viking and friends

Helen Gornall tells us about the upcoming festival and a visit from Snorri the Viking!


Festival of British Archaeology – 17 July until 1 August 2010

The Festival of British Archaeology is here again and the Weston Discovery Centre (WDC) at the World Museum is leading the way with two weeks of fun-filled activities! The Festival is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and is designed to showcase the very best of British Archaeology – which of course the WDC uses to showcase the very best of our archaeological collections! Read more…

Funding for trainee development

17 June 2010 by Lynn

Rose Hardman reports on funding that will enable fantastic new opportunities for conservation trainees.


Heritage lottery fund

We were delighted to receive the news recently that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £350,700 to help National Museums Liverpool and the North West Fed deliver training opportunities for 12 Positive Action Trainees.

The money, awarded under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, will give trainees a chance to learn about heritage conservation and audience development.

National Museums Liverpool’s six trainees will spend two years looking at conservation techniques with the Institute of Conservation as a key partner. We will begin advertising for placements at National Museums Liverpool in 2012. Read more…