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Walking in the footsteps of Glasgow’s past

5 August 2014 by Richard

Crowds outside the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Hello,

Last week I spoke at the ‘Untold Stories, Buried Histories’ panel event in Glasgow, part of  The Empire Café, a week long exploration of Scotland’s relationship with slavery and Atlantic slave trade.  It was planned so that it ran for the duration of the Commonwealth Games.  This is particularly interesting as the legacy and relevancy of the Commonwealth is widely discussed and debated.   It did not take me long to see the legacy of Glasgow’s role in the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as I walked to the venue past the Gallery of Modern Art (once the townhouse of William Cunninghame, a prominent Glaswegian tobacco merchant) and Buchanan and Ingram Streets, both named after merchants who also became rich on the suffering of those working on their plantations. Read more…

Meet our very clever octopus…

4 August 2014 by Alyster

Octopus in a tankOur octopus is pretty clever. Octopuses need to be because they don’t have a hard shell, they don’t have any sharp venomous spikes to protect themselves and they’re pretty soft creatures who are very tasty to other sealife! If they didn’t use their brains, they’d be eaten up in no time.

Of course, our octopus doesn’t need to worry about escaping from predators; we don’t keep any in the tank with him. He doesn’t need to be feeling his way around, trying to find a quick exit or avoid being eaten.  Read more…

Lego prize draw winner announced

31 July 2014 by Jo

Woman in museum uniform with a boy holding a big Lego box

Emma from our Education team presented Toby with his prize today

Nine year old Toby Sherwen received a great surprise today when he turned up with his parents and brothers to the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

His Mum and Dad were in on the secret, but Toby had no idea that he was one of the winners of our Lego prize draw.

Back in May Toby and his family had taken part in our ‘Building on the past’ activity, where visitors helped to recreate one of the colourful posters in the current Sail Away exhibition, using thousands of small Lego bricks. You can see the Lego poster building up in our photo gallery with progress shots from each day of the workshops.

Everyone who took part in the May workshops was entered into the prize draw to win one of two Lego ships, kindly donated by Lego.

children holding up Lego bricks, by a section of the Lego poster

Lots of visitors have been helping to make our Lego poster

Toby didn’t know he had won a Lego ‘Lord of the Rings’ ship until he arrived at the Museum. He was thrilled with his win and couldn’t wait to show it off to his friends. His Mum said “See, wasn’t that worth getting out of your pyjamas for!” Toby had to agree.

The last of our winners has already been chosen and will be announced next week.

In May visitors helped to make about half of the huge poster, but there’s still more to do! If you would like to have a go yourself, our ‘Building on the past’ activity is back again on Monday 4 August, Tuesday 5 August, and Wednesday 6 August at Merseyside Maritime Museum. There are no more prizes this time, but there’s lots more of our Lego poster left to make.

No need to book, just drop in from 1-4pm each day.

Details of a picture made up of lots of small Lego bricks

Our Lego poster is made up of thousands of tiny Lego bricks

Why we support the John Moores Painting Prize

30 July 2014 by Dickie

Man in suit listening to speeches at John Moores Painting Prize

John Robinson (centre)

Liverpool jeweller David M Robinson is generously sponsoring the £25,000 first prize in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize. Read more…

Enjoy Giant fun at our museums this weekend

24 July 2014 by Dickie

Little Girl walking card available in our online shop

Little Girl walking card available in our online shop

Make time to visit one of our museums and galleries which have a host of activities running alongside the big Giants weekend.  Read more…

Uncovering the fascinating costumes and ornaments of northeastern India

24 July 2014 by Emma

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Chrissy Partheni, Head of Museum Partnerships has been working in Ethnology to widen her curatorial skills. She has recently started to document a fascinating collection from northeastern India and here she gives us an insight into the objects she is working with: Read more…

Blog it! Vote for the Museum of Liverpool!

22 July 2014 by Lucy

Image of Paul Martin

Paul Martin from Flog it! thinks you should vote for the Museum of Liverpool. Image courtesy of BBC

With the deadline fast approaching to vote for the Museum of Liverpool for a National Lottery Award, we’ve had another famous face tell us just how much they love the Museum.

Paul Martin from ‘Flog it!’ has visited Liverpool several times with the show, and we’ve welcomed him and the team to the Museum of Liverpool twice. ‘Flog it!’ were lucky enough to get inside the Museum when it was still under construction, so Paul has seen it grow from the beginning.  Read more…

Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza

21 July 2014 by Liz

Excavations underway at Rainford Library

On 2 August the Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza will celebrate heritage crafts, celebrating the early industrial heritage of the village of Rainford, near St Helens. The Museum of Liverpool Archaeology Department have been working with the Merseyside Archaeological Society for the last year and a half on the Rainford’s Roots project, investigating the development of industry in the village. Read more…

80th anniversary of Queensway Mersey Tunnel

18 July 2014 by Anne

archive photo of crowds at the opening of the Queensway Mersey tunnel

Queensway Mersey Tunnel entrance hung with ceremonial curtains prior to the official opening, with the royal stand in the foreground. Archive reference number 11256-8

The Queensway Mersey Tunnel, connecting Liverpool with Birkenhead beneath the River Mersey, was officially opened 80 years ago, on 18 July 1934 by King George V, accompanied by Queen Mary. The distinguished company of Stewart Bale Ltd, a Liverpool based firm of commercial and industrial photographers, was selected as the photographers to officially capture this prestigious event.

The Stewart Bale collection is now part of the Maritime Archives and Library, including some 195,445 negatives and a souvenir photograph album recording the opening ceremony of the Queensway Mersey Tunnel. Read more…

My Baby Got The Yips – Merseyside and The British Open

17 July 2014 by Dickie

Image of fairway and golf green with stands in background

Hoylake prepares to stage The Open.

Less than a week since America’s Mo Martin stormed through the field to win the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale, the world’s oldest golf tournament, The Open Championship, tees off at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake.

Paul Gallagher, Acting Senior Curator of Urban History at the Museum of Liverpool, explores our rich links with this major tournament. Read more…