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Happy Birthday Josiah!

12 July 2014 by Laura

Ceramic plaque

Wedgwood plaque

284 years ago today the English potter Josiah Wedgwood was born. Founder of the Wedgwood company, he become one of the most influential ceramic manufacturers in the world and earned the title ‘The Father of English Potters’. Read more…

Paddling spirit into our lives

11 July 2014 by Andrew

Laura Facey artwork from Their Spirits exhibition

Artist talk at the International Slavery Museum

In advance of Laura Facey’s in conversation talk with art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, Saturday 19 July at 2pm, the artist describes how it felt to work with the International Slavery Museum on Their Spirits.The talk is free, more information can be found here.

“Paddling spirits into our lives… these words were said by me but singled out by the International Slavery Museum as they interviewed me in October 2013 in preparation for my upcoming exhibition Their Spirits. It is a wonderful thing and an honor to be listened to so carefully that captions are made.  Read more…

Octo-mania!

11 July 2014 by Emma Duffy

Octopus in a tank

The ‘Common Octopus’ (Octopus Vulgaris)

We’ve got a brand new tentacled friend here at World Museum and recently I was lucky enough to meet him!

Although called the ‘Common Octopus’ (Octopus Vulgaris), we think he is far from that. The Common Octopus has the amazing ability to camouflage itself to hide from predators, changing colour and appearance rapidly to match its surroundings.  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…

Dr David Fleming: “What does the democratic museum look like?”

man in glasses and shirt and tie outside museum

Dr David Fleming

What follows is the last in a five part series looking at museums and democracy, this time explaining what a democratic museum should look like and where its priorities should lie.

The series is from the text of a lecture I gave in May 2014 at Liverpool’s Institute of Cultural Capital research symposium entitled ‘The Arts, Them and Us: creating a more equitable system for subsidised culture’. Read more…

Creepy crawly photo competition!

8 July 2014 by Lisa

Paper Kite Butterfly

Paper Kite Butterfly by Sam Lyon

Here’s our Education Demonstrator from the Bug House, Laura Carter, to tell us about the latest Bug House photo competition:

“It’s that time of year again – sunshine, warm weather, flowers… and creepy crawlies! So why not grab your camera and enter our 2014 Bug House photography competition?

Insects, spiders, worms, slugs and snails are all fair game – found locally or abroad. Read more…

Lunt Meadows questionnaire

7 July 2014 by Liz

Excavations at Lunt Meadows

Excavations at Lunt Meadows

In August 2012 the Museum of Liverpool Archaeology Department discovered a rare and important early prehistoric hunter-gatherer site on land at Lunt Meadows that is due to become a wetland nature reserve Read more…

Rainford archaeology on show

3 July 2014 by Liz

Volunteer with pot he excavated in Rainford

Volunteer, Michael Chapman excavated this near-complete 16th century cup in a garden in Rainford

Some of the thousands of finds discovered in Rainford, St Helens in the last couple of years have gone on display for the festival of archaeology. At Rainford library a display of finds, ‘Pipes, Pots and People’ will be on show until 18 July; and in the Museum of Liverpool Rainford’s Roots will be on display until 31 July.

Rainford is a happy hunting ground for archaeologists and since 2013 the Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists have run both commercial and community excavations in the village. These digs have investigated Rainford’s industrial past: a centre for the production of pottery from the 16th century, and clay tobacco pipes from the 17th century. Read more…

Goodbye to National Insect Week 2014!

2 July 2014 by Tony

Doug and Elaine share their knowledge.

Doug and Elaine share their knowledge.

National Insect Week 2014 drew to a close this weekend with more engaging insect related events and activities at World Museum. Read more…

Reconnecting with the ancestors at World Museum

30 June 2014 by Zachary

Patrice and Iva

Patrice and Iva in World Cultures Gallery with a portrait of their grandfather and great grandfather.

As curator of the African collections at World Museum I often take groups of visitors round our World Cultures Gallery. I also take individuals and smaller groups, with special interests, behind the scenes to show them our stored collections. Many are students or scholars involved in special research projects, and although they often get excited about what they find in our collections, their interests are mostly intellectual and aesthetic. But recently I had a visit that was rather different because it was from cousins Patrice Wellesley Cole and Iva Johnson.

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