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Celebrate Merseyside Maritime Museum’s 30th birthday this bank holiday!

27 May 2016 by Sam Vaux

Merseyside Maritime Museum © Tom Adam

Merseyside Maritime Museum © Tom Adam

The bank holiday is fast approaching and we’re marking 30 years since the Merseyside Maritime Museum opened with two fabulous days of fun for all with family! Join us for a whole host of FREE activities, performances and workshops to celebrate our 30th birthday 80s style on Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May! Read more…

Winning On the Waterfront photograph by Bernard Rose now on display

11 May 2016 by Sam Vaux

Winner, Bernard Rose with his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972, holding his original Nikon F camera he used for the photograph in 1972.

Winner, Bernard Rose with his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972, holding his original Nikon F camera he used for the photograph in 1972.

It’s been a busy week at the Museum in the lead up to LightNight this Friday, with a brand new addition now finding pride of place in our On the Waterfront exhibition.

Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972 by local photographer Bernard Rose is the winning photograph in our recent On the Waterfront photography competition, hotly deliberated by our judges from almost 500 entries.

Bernard, accompanied by his wife Enid met deputy director of Merseyside Maritime Museum, Ian Murphy to see his winning entry, which is now on display as part of the exhibition until it closes on 19 June 2016.

Bernard reveals the fascinating story behind his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972: Read more…

Art and the Sea gallery rehang now on display

29 April 2016 by Sam Vaux

Painting of Vittoria Docks in Birkenhead, Wirral

Vittoria Docks, Birkenhead, Wirral, 1919, John Worsley © the artist’s estate

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

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Photography competition – be part of our exhibition!

24 March 2016 by Sam Vaux

The print shows two Stevedores standing inactive at the Albert Docks, Liverpool (a stevedore is someone who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships). In the middle distance a ship is moored. This image was also reproduced as a postcard.

Stevedores, Albert Dock, 1945 by Edward Chambré Hardman © National Trust Images; The Hardmans’ House, Liverpool

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…

Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place

29 January 2016 by Sam Vaux

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today – behind protective hoarding, courtesy of LSTM

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…

Liverpool Pilots exhibition – can you help?

11 December 2015 by Sam Vaux

Bob Davis, aged 93, wears his cap and jacket from his time as 2nd Engineer on the pilot ships, recently donated to Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Bob Davis, aged 93, wears his cap and jacket from his time as 2nd Engineer on the pilot ships, recently donated to Merseyside Maritime Museum.

We are very excited to announce our forthcoming exhibition about the Liverpool Pilots Service, which will open on 22 July 2016 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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…

Lusitania 100 years later: never forget

9 July 2015 by Sam Vaux

Propaganda poster of the Lusitania sinking liner.

Following the war, the Lusitania was used as a propaganda tool. This dramatic image shows the sinking liner, while encouraging Irishmen to join an Irish regiment and ‘avenge the Lusitania’. © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division/J Kent Layton Collection

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…

Lusitania and the world crisis

10 June 2015 by Sam Vaux

Two leaders standing side by side

Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II and England’s Winston Churchill together before the outbreak of war. © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division/J Kent Layton Collection

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…

Lusitania: an engineering triumph

15 May 2015 by Sam Vaux

Ship painting

Contrary to popular opinion, the decision in favor of turbines on the Lusitania and Mauretania had nothing to do with the success of the Carmania over her sister Caronia, pictured here. (J. Kent Layton Collection)

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…

Success at Tourism Awards

15 June 2012 by Sam Vaux

people holding an award

Left to right: Sam Vaux, Marketing Officer (Museum of Liverpool) with colleagues Tracey McGeagh, Director of Marketing and Communications, Janet Dugdale, Director of Museum of Liverpool, Lucy Cattell, Media Officer (Museum of Liverpool) with the Tourism Marketing Initiative of the Year award presented by PR & Marketing Manager Linda Kelly from sponsors SK Events & PR. Image (c) Ant Clausen

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…



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