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Last chance to vote for us!

26 July 2018 by Richard

A World Cup final, Wimbledon final  – and on Friday, the last chance to vote for the International Slavery Museum for this year’s National Lottery Fund Good Causes Award – July has it all.

If we are to judge the success of a museum by the amount of trophies and prizes it has been awarded though; it would in my view miss the point. And in our case this is good as we have technically not ‘won’ that much these past 10 years even though our work and ethos – and in particular our educational programmes with young people – are globally recognised and seen as exemplars within the field of museums and social justice.

Now an honourable mention by The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence in 2009 was marvellous. It was good for team morale and an acknowledgement of the work of our partners and supporters. And only last month the Museum received the 2018 UNI Global Union Freedom from Fear award for our work within the field of human rights and modern-day slavery and enslavement. UNI Global Union represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions.

But for me being a recipient of an award that recognizes our work with young people – the future of an inclusive and democratic society – who visit a museum space and have an experience that stays with them for a lifetime; now that is some achievement.  Help it happen by voting for us. We have done so much these past 10 years, often working on difficult and challenging subjects, and we are proud to say we have made a difference – maybe just a small one – but enough to say we have made Liverpool, the UK and hopefully many places around the world more tolerant, more inclusive, and better informed.

You can vote for us here or by Tweeting with the hashtag #NLAIntSlaveryMuseum. Voting closes at midnight on Friday 27 July 2018. Thank you for your support.

Telling her story – Melanie Robson

26 July 2018 by Kay

Within the Tales from the city exhibition we have a special display case which enables us to tell different people’s stories through objects that are meaningful to them.

Our current display features items kindly loaned by Melanie Robson. Melanie is a retired teacher who lives in Bootle. Her precious items represent her life as a transwoman. Read more…

Summer holiday space exploration at World Museum

25 July 2018 by Ann

Out of this world at World Museum’s Planetarium

The temperature is not only building outside World Museum during the heatwave but inside with the summer holiday programme of Planetarium shows.

With mini documentary shows for adults, cartoon based shows for preschoolers and fun informative shows for older children with an interest in space and astronomy we have something for every space explorer.

Screenings start at 10.30am with a ten minute introductory show looking at The Sky at Night and run through until 3.45pm with our longer, more informative shows. Tickets must be purchased from the ground floor information desk so make that your first stop of the day.

National Museums Liverpool members  can now see Planetarium shows for FREE so arrive early, collect your ticket from the information desk (subject to availability) and take some time out of your day to explore the final frontier.

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A blood moon is coming!

25 July 2018 by Patrick Kiernan

Total Lunar eclipse. Image c/o alfredogarciajr via Flickr

This Friday 27 July we get the chance to see one of the wonders of the night sky: a total eclipse of the moon!

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The Great Exhibition of the North

24 July 2018 by Andrew Bullock

A few months ago, the Museum of Liverpool was approached by Tyne and Wear Museums, with a request to loan objects from our Urban History collections for display in The Great Exhibition of the North. Read more…

Museums accessibility success

24 July 2018 by Tracey McGeagh

Visitors at the Museum of Liverpool.

We were delighted to find three of our museums listed in a piece about accessibility in the Liverpool Echo recently. Respected website Euan’s Guide includes World Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum in the top ten accessible attractions in Liverpool. Read more…

Commemorating an MP’s furious outburst on behalf of seafarers

20 July 2018 by Jen

Bronze medallion showing profile of bearded man and the words 'House of Commons 22 July 1875 London S. Plimsoll'

Medallion struck to commemorate MP Samuel Plimsoll’s outburst in the House of Commons in defense of Seafarers. Designed by Auguste Chevalier. – 52.111.1

Medals are struck for all sorts of reasons, to celebrate bravery, commemorate important events, honour people’s contributions, but my personal favourite reason for a medal being struck has to be the reason behind this one in our collections. The man whose profile you see here is the Liberal MP and great campaigner for seafarers, Samuel Plimsoll. The medal was struck to commemorate the day, after years of campaigning and frustration, that he completely lost his composure and his temper, broke parliamentary protocol, shouted, heckled the Prime Minister, and shook his fist at various members of the House of Commons, terming them villains! Read more…

Exciting location filming projects Hosted by National Museums Liverpool

19 July 2018 by Eleanor Webster

agatha-christue-filming-courtroom

Source: Twitter @agathachristie. One of the courtrooms at County Sessions House was used as a location for BBC’s Agatha Christie drama ‘The Witness to the Prosecution’.

Did you know that National Museums Liverpool’s venues frequently appear in films and on television? While you may have spotted us on the evening news or recognised one of our museums or galleries during a trip to the cinema once or twice, its unlikely most visitors are aware of how often we play host to camera crews and production companies.

While many projects, including collections-related documentaries and news programmes, are managed by our in-house press team, commercial filming projects – such as blockbuster films and drama series – are looked after by our multi-award-winning events team, Hosted by National Museums Liverpool. Events Sales Manager, Hanna Ghariani, has worked with a number of clients on commercial location filming as part of her role. She tells us more about her experiences…

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Carpathia’s role remembered

19 July 2018 by Sam

metal nameplate with embossed lettering: SS Titanic

This week it is 100 years since RMS Carpathia was lost. The ship is of course best known for the role it played in the rescue of survivors from one of a much more famous liner – RMS Titanic.  In this guest blog, student Hannah Smith from the University of Liverpool explores the story through the nameplate of Titanic’s lifeboat No. 4:

“It is 100 years since RMS Carpathia was struck by three torpedoes from a German U-55, amid the Celtic Sea on 17 July 1918. Just six years earlier, on 15 April 1912 under the captaincy of Arthur Henry Rostron, the Cunard liner undoubtedly experienced its most memorable voyage. When Carpathia’s radio received the Titanic’s distress signal at 12.25 am she turned off her course to travel the 58 mile distance to the wreckage. From 4-8am all 705 survivors were brought aboard the Carpathia. Although sadly 1,503 people were to lose their lives in the sinking, without the Carpathia’s sense of urgency, the cold would have ultimately claimed more.  Read more…

Guess what? All is not what it seems in our new display!

17 July 2018 by Alayna

Metal 'Guess' belt buckles

Counterfeit ‘Guess’ belt buckles.

Some of the most well known fashion brands are on display in the Seized! gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum. At first glance, the fashion items may appear like the genuine article but they are in fact all fakes. Our new display, which opens on Wednesday 18 July, features counterfeit versions of brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Philipp Plein, Hermes and many more.

No sooner has a new fashion product hit the market, and the counterfeiters are fast to follow with a cheaper and more inferior copy. Border Force monitors the UK ports, airports and postal hubs for fake items. These new exhibits were seized at Heathrow airport as part of a large consignment from Turkey.

Although it’s tempting to fall for the cheaper counterfeit version, corners are cut in the production, resulting in poor quality and often dangerous products. Read more…



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