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Christmas e-cards

18 December 2013 by Sam

illustration of monkeys and dogs at a party

As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve been counting down the days on our lovely advent calendar, time is passing and Christmas is only a week away. It’s always the same, each year I say that next year I’m going to be organised, start my Christmas shopping in June and then enjoy a nice relaxed December. Hmm… Maybe 2014 could be the year that actually happens.

Today is the last day to send your cards by second class post in the UK, if you splash out on first class stamps then you’ve got until Friday. If these deadlines seem like impossible dreams to you the don’t worry, there is an alternative. Read more…

Model locomotive joins the real Lion on display

12 December 2013 by Sam

man next to train model in museum display

David Cook with his father Bert’s model of Lion locomotive

Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport and Industry at the Museum of Liverpool, has news of a new addition to the displays:

Lion locomotive is one of our most important objects, and certainly one of the most popular in our collections. Built in 1838 to run on the recently opened Liverpool and Manchester Railway, Lion was taken out of service in 1857 but has a fascinating history and is an important survivor from the early railway age. Read more…

Calderstones and HER Research

6 December 2013 by Sam

ancient carvings on a large stone

Calderstones. Photograph by George Nash and Adam Stanford © Aerial-Cam

Over the last two months, three students from the University of Liverpool have been working with the Archaeology department on placements. They have worked on a range of tasks around archaeological collections, research, education and exhibitions. One student, Alys Randall-Smith, has blogged about the work she has undertaken using the Merseyside Historic Environment Record for her research. Read more…

Students brush up on collection care in our stores

5 December 2013 by Sam

two women wearing protective gloves and masks, dusting objects in a store room

Gemma Dolan, the Store Development Manager at National Museums Liverpool, looks after a huge range of different objects from our varied collections, from large vehicles to works of art. Her expertise has recently been called upon, as she explains:

“Last week I spent a morning with Hope University MA student Evgeniya Petrukhina, who is learning about effective store management and how National Museums Liverpool cares for the objects in its stores. This included a practical session on object handling, packing and cleaning. In the picture you can see Evgeniya and Dr Antoinette McKane practising their new object dusting skills. Read more…

By jove! Our members were tickled by tales of Ken Dodd!

4 December 2013 by Sam

Ken Dodd tickling Stephen with a tickling stick

Ken Dodd with photographer Stephen Shakeshaft at the exhibition opening in November

Fundraising and membership officer Sarah Houghton has news of a special event that was held for our members yesterday:

“Members enjoyed a really tattyfilarious event last night at the Museum of Liverpool. It was an evening which tantalised members with a fascinating insight into ‘The King of Knotty Ash’- Ken Dodd, to accompany the great new exhibition By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft.

Read more…

Discover new surprises in our advent calendar

28 November 2013 by Sam

cartoon style illustration of a Christmas scene with Liverpool landmarks

Strictly speaking I don’t like mentioning Christmas until December, but this year I can’t help myself as I’m so excited about what’s in store behind the windows of the rather lovely National Museums Liverpool advent calendar.

As usual, the advent calendar will be featuring lots of different objects from our collections, however we have chosen a slightly different theme this year. Read more…

Object dusting team at the Museum of Liverpool

21 November 2013 by Sam

man in a small crane dusting an old train in the museum

Jason from the object dusting team cleaning the boiler of ‘Lion’ locomotive

Here are some great photos from Chris Moseley, head of ship and historic models conservation at National Museums Liverpool, who has captured some of the behind-the-scenes life of the museums that visitors would never normally see. He explains:

“There is nothing worse when looking over a gallery balcony than to see a layer of dust, a lost pencil or a discarded leaflet. Such things are often out of reach of our regular cleaning staff, so we have a special team of ‘object dusters’ who clean those places high up in the gallery as well as the objects on open display. Read more…

All aboard for a video voyage through the museum!

14 November 2013 by Sam

film crew filming a man with a huge book

The film crew captured all aspects of the museum, from serious research in the Maritime Archives and Library…

I’m happy to announce that the latest video in the series looking at our venues is now online. This time we took local production company Mocha on a voyage through Liverpool’s seafaring heritage, to capture the many aspects of Merseyside Maritime Museum. As always, we had an early start and managed to fit a lot into the day’s filming. Read more…

Making cutters for the Oceanic 2 ship model

7 November 2013 by Sam

model rowing boats and oars

The conserved pieces of the tiny model cutters, with a scale in centimetres to give an idea of the size

Ship and historic models conservator David Parsons has been restoring the model of Oceanic 2, which we’re hoping to display at Merseyside Maritime Museum as part of plans to mark the First World War. Following on from his previous blog post, here is his latest update on progress:

“I’m still working on the final parts of Oceanic 2 and the parts I’ve just completed were probably the most enjoyable things I’ve done on the whole model, partly because of what they are and also because they are made up of so many different parts.  These were two ‘cutters’: rowing boats to be used by the ship’s crew. Read more…

Walker paintings go on loan to Verona

31 October 2013 by Sam

crane lifting a crate through an upstairs window

A crane carefully lifts the crate containing our Poussin painting into an upper floor of the Palazzo

Sharp eyed visitors to the Walker Art Gallery may have spotted that two paintings by Poussin and Turner are not currently on display, and may be wondering where they are. With Shakespearean flair, our Senior Paintings Conservator David Crombie has pointed out that a more apt question would be “Wherefore art thou, Poussin?” – I’ll let him explain why:

“Two major works from the Walker Art Gallery were recently sent on loan to an exhibition in Verona, Italy.  Nicholas Poussin’s Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion’ and Turner’s ‘Landscape with River and Distant Mountains’ are part of Around Monet: the Landscape from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century currently showing at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the city until February 2014. Read more…

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