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Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition- new display.

8 January 2014 by Rebecca

Two ladies dresses on display

Dresses on display in the Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story exhibition

It has been nearly two years since this exhibition opened and we have been delighted by the public response to the Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition. I wanted to mention that the exhibition is still open, admission is free and it is worth a visit if you haven’t had the opportunity. We like to refresh the gallery with new displays when possible, the most recent being a new costume display.

Here is a post from assistant curator, Anna Ruchalska:-

Lady Duff Gordon’s dresses, which for almost two years were a very popular part of the Titanic exhibition, were returned to the Bath Fashion Museum today. The objects were replaced by beautiful evening dresses from the National Museum Liverpool’s Decorative Art collection. Both pieces were made by T&S Bacon of Bold Street, Liverpool and are Read more…

Ahoy to the Stavros S Niarchos!

4 November 2013 by Rebecca

Stavros1

There was an impressive arrival at the Maritime Museum today, as the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos berthed outside the museum in the Canning Half Tide Basin. The British built vessel is a training ship operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust and is due to spend the winter next to the museum.

There’s more info on the Trust and the Stavros S Niarchos, on the Tall Ships website.

Well done James and George!

31 October 2013 by Rebecca

Two volunteers stand next to life boat and Edmund Gardner pilot boat in the background

James and George.

Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History, has some exciting news to share:-

“Congratulations to two of our longstanding volunteers on the Edmund Gardner Pilot ship, who have been honoured with national awards. James Dulson and George Collinson were awarded the prestigious Marsh Volunteer award which recognises outstanding volunteers in the conservation of historic vessels in the UK. George attended the awards ceremony on HMS Belfast in London which was presented by TV personality Julia Bradbury. Read more…

Happy birthday Edmund Gardner!

9 July 2013 by Rebecca

Edmund Gardner pilot ship

Today marks 60 years to the day since the former pilot ship Edmund Gardner was launched. For 28 years the Edmund Gardner was used as base at sea for Liverpool pilots, who would be transferred from the Edmund Gardner to inbound ships to guide them into Liverpool, or off ships they had guided out of the port. Read more…

The Forgotten Empress, remembered

29 May 2013 by Rebecca

picture of the 'Empress of Ireland' liner in a glass domed frame with seashells

This ‘Empress of Ireland’ souvenir is on display in the ‘Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress’ gallery.

Today marks the anniversary of the sinking of ‘Empress of Ireland’, which sank on 29 May 1914 at around 2.30am.

‘Empress of Ireland’, along with her sister ship ‘Empress of Britain’, were built for the Canadian Pacific line. They provided a weekly service from Liverpool in 1906. They quickly became popular due to their speed, size and comfort.

On her last journey, the ‘Empress of Ireland’ set off from Quebec, Canada, and collided with the Norwegian ship ‘Storstad’ in thick fog in the Saint Lawrence River. The ‘Empress of Ireland’ sank within 15 minutes and 1,012 passengers and crew lost their lives only a few miles from the shore. Read more…

Seafarers’ memoirs at the Maritime archives

17 May 2013 by Rebecca

interior of maritime archives and library

Merseyside Maritime Museum archives and library

Lorna Hyland, Assistant Librarian at the Merseyside Maritime Museum Archives shares this update:

Liverpool’s Literary Festival, “In Other Words” is now drawing to a close and as the festival celebrated the city’s reputation for producing much loved story-tellers, poets, authors and playwrights, I thought I’d mention the library at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.   Read more…

Cunard and Queen Mary: then and now

17 May 2013 by Rebecca

Collection of china on display in museum

Cunard china on display in Life at Sea gallery.

Everyone at the Merseyside Maritime Museum welcomes the arrival of a very impressive and grand visitor to Liverpool. Cunard’s Queen Mary II docked at the pier head landing stage in the early hours of this morning. It’s the first time in forty five years that passengers can sail on a Cunard liner from the Pier head waterfront.

Pulling up at the lights during my commute into the office, the QM2 dwarves the neighbouring buildings and certainly has the wow factor with her classic red funnel. Read more…

Captain Thomas Jones

14 November 2012 by Rebecca

ship model in museum display

RMS Haverford model

Ian Murphy, Curator of Martime History and Deputy Head of the Merseyside Maritime Museum reports:

Seafaring is a perilous occupation and this year the world has commemorated the lives lost in the sinking of Titanic. 10 years after this disaster however, another White Star ship was involved in dramatic events that had a much happier outcome.
90 year’s ago today, the White Star liner Pittsburgh under the command of Captain Thomas Jones was involved in the rescue of all 45 crew members of the Italian ship Monte Grappa in the mid Atlantic. Read more…

Titanic talk at the University of Liverpool

12 October 2012 by Rebecca

Institute of Irish Studies logo

There are still events happening for the centenary year of Titanic’s sinking for people who are interested in the tragic tale of the ship. Ian Murphy, Deputy Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum is speaking at the Titanic Talks event organised by the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool at 6pm on 16 October along with Dr John Foster of Queen’s University, Belfast. Read more…

Avast, landlubbers!

19 September 2012 by Rebecca

Michelle Walsh, Assistant Curator Maritime History, writes about a recently unpacked object from the reserve collection:-

Whilst in our store last week I unpacked a rather fabulous object from the collection: an asymmetrical spinnaker sail from the Opera class sailing dinghy Valkyrie. All the boats in this class are named after a different opera, Valkyrie being named after Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), second of the four operas that form the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Read more…

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