Posts by Sam Vaux
The Art and the Sea gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum has been a hive of activity this week with a rehang of a collection of fourteen maritime paintings; some from the existing collection or only rarely displayed, and one which hasn’t been on public display before. Curator of Maritime Art, Rebecca Smith reveals the history behind some of these works.
‘Liverpool in its heyday caused it to be regarded as a mecca for those with maritime aspirations of any sort’, Sam Davidson, maritime art historian
Could you be the next Edward Chambré Hardman? Our current On the Waterfront exhibition in the Quayside Gallery explores significant changes on Liverpool’s waterfront. Our visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Albert Dock are part of that story, and we’d like to include you in this exhibition too! Read more…
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool (NML) are working together to preserve, record and display the heritage of two important sites on the LSTM campus.
Galkoff’s was a former Jewish butcher’s shop that emerged in the early 20th century. Since the 1970s the building has deteriorated and is unfortunately beyond repair. LSTM acquired the building in 2012, and working in partnership with NML intend to remove the famous tiled frontage from the building, re-present it within the Museum of Liverpool and tell the fascinating history of the business and its place within the local Jewish community. Read more…
The Liverpool Pilots guide shipping in and out of Liverpool waters, and celebrate their 250th anniversary in 2016.
The exhibition will look back at their long history, exploring why marine pilots are needed and what the particular challenges are for shipping entering Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey. There are many examples where the skill and bravery of pilots has saved lives and cargo, and the exhibition will bring to life many of these dramatic stories. You will also be able to learn about the vital role the pilots continue to play in the thriving modern port of Liverpool. Read more…
9 July 2015 by Sam Vaux
This is the tenth and final blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum:
“The Titanic remains the most famous ocean liner disaster in history. Yet the sinking of the Lusitania is a subject that still fascinates us today. While both she and the Titanic suffered untimely demise, their lives and deaths could hardly have been more dissimilar. Read more…
10 June 2015 by Sam Vaux
This is the sixth blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum:
“On 28 June 1914 the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Very few people in the world had ever heard of this unfortunate couple, nor could they possibly have imagined what would soon result from the crime. The problem was that all of Europe had for years been divided into two armed camps. Several times incidents had threatened to become all-out European war, but each time the peril had been averted—sometimes by only a narrow margin. Read more…
15 May 2015 by Sam Vaux
This blog post is the second in a series written by maritime historian and author J Kent Layton, the author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy:
“In order to propel the Lusitania at an unprecedented 25 knots, it was clear that something unique was going to be required in the design of her powerplant. Read more…
15 June 2012 by Sam Vaux
We were very excited this morning to return triumphant from last night’s fantastic 2012 Liverpool City Region Annual Tourism Awards, where we walked away with no less than three awards!
More than 400 guests joined the celebrations to recognise quality and excellence during a black tie ceremony hosted by local TV personality Terri Dwyer at the BT Convention Centre.
It was a glittering evening organised by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership with singing from Rare Liverpool, a dramatic opening of jaw dropping acrobatics from the Airborn Academy and The Beatles’ greatest hits from a local tribute band.
The first award we won was for the coveted Tourism Marketing Initiative of the Year Award for the Museum of Liverpool opening campaign. The second success of the night was winning the Tourism Event of the Year award for the Museum of Liverpool People’s Opening and finally NML Trading won the award for Excellence in Business Tourism. It was a huge team effort so congratulations to everyone! Read more…
14 January 2009 by Sam Vaux
Image courtesy of Liverpool City Council – Transition: The People’s Celebration.Thousands sing chorus to George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’
In the lead up to Christmas and the New Year, as Marketing Officer for the Museum of Liverpool I was beavering away to install a huge sign, seen here in the background facing the canal, in time for the staging of Transition: The People’s Celebration to flag up the new Museum of Liverpool to the imminent thousands at the Pier Head. More images can be seen in the Museum of Liverpool flickr group.
This task presented a few challenges, not least due to the cold snap, braved in sub zero temperatures by the painters and sign company who rapidly transformed the white hoarding line to a colourful dark blue and vivid cyan. Read more…