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Enormous fun in Tiny Liverpool!

6 February 2015 by Sam

mother and child playing with toys at the museum

Fay and her son enjoying some of the activities at a Tiny Liverpool session

Did you know that the Museum of Liverpool runs regular parent and baby sessions specially for our youngest visitors? Here’s Fay from the Museum to tell you all about them:

“Hi! My name is Fay and I’m part of the Education team at the Museum of Liverpool, delivering lots of family-friendly activities. I’m also mum to a very active toddler, so I know how great it is having somewhere safe, educational (and free!) to take my tot right on my doorstep. The Museum of Liverpool is just that and perfect for young visitors! Read more…

Black Germans and the Holocaust

14 January 2015 by Sam

German wartime identity card with portrait photo of a Black woman

The International Slavery Museum will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday 27 January with a special free guest lecture by Professor Eve Rosenhaft from the University of Liverpool, who will be talking about the experiences of the Black German community during the Holocaust.

Eve tells us more:

“When Hitler came to power in 1933, there were a several thousand people of African descent in Germany. They included African Americans, African-Caribbean and Africans passing through, working or recently settled, but the core of Germany’s Black community was made up of men from Germany’s former colonies – East Africa, Togo, and especially Cameroon – with their German-born wives and ‘mixed-race’ children.

This talk focuses on those families. While Hitler was still hoping to recover colonies in Africa, the Nazis hoped to make use of them for political propaganda. Read more…

Teen Takeover Day

4 December 2014 by Sam

students visiting the Piermaster's House

Students on a visit to plan their takeover day

Next week the Museum of Liverpool is being taken over for a special afternoon of events run by local students. We asked their assistant headteacher what to expect:

“For the past few months, students from Weatherhead High School have been working in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool organising a Teen Takeover Day, which will take place on Wednesday 10 December, 2014, 1-3pm.

The event is packed full of fun activities for all ages including special performances from singers and dancers who are all Weatherhead High School students. There will also be a football quiz and trail. Read more…

New advent calendar for 2014

27 November 2014 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

It’s almost time to open the first door in our popular advent calendar. Our Christmas elves (or curators, as they prefer to be called) have been working hard to find some new surprises from our collections and displays to hide behind the doors for you.

As we have been marking the centenary of the First World War with a number of exhibitions and events throughout 2014, we decided to make this the theme for the content of this year’s advent calendar.

I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but there are some really fascinating objects hidden behind the doors, which give a glimpse of how the war affected everyday people. Read more…

New Brighton – mecca for photographers

17 November 2014 by Sam

old photograph of families taking donkey rides on New Brighton beach

Keith Medley Archive Liverpool John Moores University

In many ways New Brighton is no different from many other seaside towns. In its heyday it was a bustling resort with people outnumbering pebbles on the beach. This glorious time is captured in fantastic photographs from the Keith Medley archive at Liverpool John Moores University, which are now on display in the Our day out exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool. The photographs are accompanied by reminiscences by Liverpool people of visiting the resort, getting sand in your sandwiches, wearing knotted hankies on your head to avoid getting burnt and dashing for the last ferry home.

These fond memories are perhaps even more poignant when you consider the changes of fortune that have affected New Brighton since those golden days. Read more…

Penny Lane and the legacies of slavery

7 October 2014 by Sam

Penny Lane street sign in Liverpool

Kayleigh, a third year history student at Liverpool University who has a keen interest in slavery studies and African history, has written this guest blog post for Black History Month.

There is currently a series of free seminars at the Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the University of Liverpool, including several for Black History Month. You can also get involved in a number of free Black History Month talks and events at the International Slavery Museum and Museum of Liverpool throughout October.

“Though the mentioning of Penny Lane usually brings up thoughts of The Beatles, the famous street in suburban Liverpool has a lesser known history. It is believed to have been named after James Penny, an eighteenth century slave ship owner, merchant, and prominent anti-abolitionist. Read more…

150th anniversary of the training ship Indefatigable

19 September 2014 by Sam

painting of a ship with 3 masts

Maritime Archives and Library reference DX 2363

150 years ago on 19 September 1864 John Clint, a Liverpool seaman and ship-owner, and Mayor Charles Mozley called a public meeting at Liverpool Town Hall, ‘for the establishment in the River Mersey of a training ship for the children and orphans of seafaring persons and other poor and destitute boys’. By mid November the Admiralty had agreed to their request to provide a suitable ship. They granted the loan of the 50 gun frigate ‘Indefatigable’. On 9 February 1864 the ship left Plymouth for the Mersey to be fitted out at Coburg dock.

The Maritime Archives and Library hold many of the archives of the training ship Indefatigable including minute books, cadet register books, visitor report books and photographs, which give insights into the lives of the cadets there. Read more…

Knitted swimwear – not as daft as you’d think!

18 August 2014 by Sam

old fashioned swimming costume

Wool serge bathing costume, 1910, frm the Tinne collection at the Walker Art Gallery

It’s that time of year again when many of us have been digging our cossies out from the back of the wardrobe ready for trips to the beach and holidays abroad. I bet that not many people will have a swimming costume quite as unusual as this one though. I have always been fascinated by it, ever since I first saw it in the Walker Art Gallery’s 2006 exhibition A Passion for Fashion: a Liverpool lady’s wardrobe.

This particular bathing costume, which dates from 1910, is made of wool serge. It was a great curiosity when it went on display at the Walker and many of us were doubtful about how practical it would be to wear in the water. We’re all so used to modern fabrics that the idea of a woolen cossie seemed completely impractical and uncomfortable. Read more…

A Hard Day’s Night – Hello Goodbye

9 July 2014 by Sam

two grey Beatles suits displayed on mannequins

Paul and George’s suits on display in the Wondrous Place gallery

This week it’s the anniversary of one of the last visits that The Beatles made to their home town – an exciting moment at the height of ‘Beatlemania’ that you can relive in our gallery, as Paul Gallagher, Acting Senior Curator of Urban History at the Museum of Liverpool, explains:

“It was 50 years ago, on 10 July 1964, that the Beatles swept into Liverpool for the northern premiere of their groundbreaking film A Hard Day’s Night.

What a homecoming it was too. John, Paul, George and Ringo flew into Speke Airport and were met by more than 3000 screaming local fans. They were then whisked off in a police motorcade to a civic reception at Liverpool Town Hall, with an estimated 200,000 people – roughly a quarter of the city’s population – lining the route.  Read more…

Flying the flag for Seafarers Awareness Week

23 June 2014 by Sam

logo with text: An island nation, Seafarers Awareness Week 21-29 June 2014

Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, explains why Seafarers Awareness Week is important, and how we can all get involved:

“Are you reading this blog on a computer, smartphone or tablet? Chances are it was brought to this country in a metal box on the back of a ship, along with your TV, clothes and most of your other possessions. Read more…

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