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Pride and Prejudice – but not what you think!

30 September 2015 by Matt

programme cover with illustration of the theatre

Royal Court Theatre Programme, 1951

A lot of my colleagues saw the title of the Pride and Prejudice project and thought we were doing an exhibition on Jane Austen, or at the very least Georgian life.  Luckily for me, they were wrong.  Instead what we have started work on is an amazingly interesting but admittedly challenging task.  We are undertaking a unique two year project, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, to identify, research and better present objects and stories relating to Liverpool’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities held within our collections. Easy? Think again… Read more…

Alive and breeding!

29 September 2015 by Paula

Adult Rainbow Beetle

An adult Snowdon Leaf Beetle

Phase one of the Snowdon Leaf Beetle survey is now complete and, after many hours searching, the team were finally rewarded with an adult Snowdon Leaf Beetle – confirming it is still alive and breeding in the UK!

The Snowdon Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is probably the rarest of the 291 British species in this group of beetles, which feed on the leaves and seeds of plants. It is also one of only two beetles protected by law in the UK and a permit is needed to even search for it. Read more…

Money talks

28 September 2015 by Jeff

1899 penny

1899 penny

Following our recent excavation at Calderstones Park in partnership with the Reader Organisation, the Museum of Liverpool archaeology team have been working with volunteers on the post excavation analysis of the finds.  Read more…

‘Back from the dead!’ The amazing survival story of Lifeboat 12

25 September 2015 by Jen

HMS ANTHONY rescuing survivors from lifeboat 12 © IWM (CH 1354)

HMS Anthony rescuing survivors from lifeboat 12 © IWM (CH 1354)

The sinking of the City of Benares is a story with few bright spots.  Horrific loss of life, particularly amongst children, makes for grim research. There are stories from the tragedy that show the full strength of human endurance, two teenage girls clinging on to an upturned lifeboat for 18 hours through the night in freezing waters and managing to survive, a 7 year old boy who survived the night on a raft amongst sleet and hail and choppy seas. One story of endurance however was only realised 8 days after the sinking, when a further 45 survivors were discovered.  Newspaper headlines described them as, ‘back from the dead’.  Read more…

Conquering the coins of William!

24 September 2015 by Paula

PhD student Anja Rohde measuring coins

PhD student Anja Rohde measuring coins

On the 27th of August Anja Rohde, a PhD student from the University of Nottingham researching the coins of the Norman Conquest (11th century AD), visited our stores to examine the coins of William the Conqueror and his son William Rufus. Anja is an experienced museum professional having previously worked in Derby museums as a collections officer and shared the Finds Liaison Officer for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. She is currently visiting various museums across Britain to examine the coins which they hold in their collections, this research is funded by AHRC Midlands-3-Cities partnership. Find out why Anja is interested in the coins of that era: Read more…

Art, abandonment and alienation

23 September 2015 by Lisa

'No Such Thing' Graham Crowley, 1993. Image courtesy of the artist.

‘No Such Thing’, Graham Crowley, 1993. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are really pleased that ‘No Such Thing’ by Graham Crowley has returned to the Walker Art Gallery for the REALITY exhibition – it was first displayed here as part of the John Moores Painting Prize in 1993. Graham has continued to have a close relationship with the Walker, eventually becoming a juror for the John Moores in 2008.  Read more…

Our top 6 picks for Autumn

22 September 2015 by Lisa


The colder weather is creeping in and we’re saying goodbye to the summer, but this also means some fab new items for Autumn in our shop.

From vintage-style hats to cosy socks, here’s six of our favourites for the new season: Read more…

Museums, charities and Rankin, oh my!

21 September 2015 by Andrew

Glamortality, 2014 © Rankin

Glamortality, 2014 © Rankin

As It’s Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin opens, Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool & Merseyside Maritime Museum reflects on the fascinating role of museums in society.

“Three years ago we hosted Liverpool Love, our first collaborative art exhibition and auction with National Museums Liverpool’s charity partner Claire House Children’s Hospice. From annual displays of decorated ducks and now It’s Glam Up North, this show will be the second art exhibition that our visitors have engaged with and enjoyed. Such collaborations have, importantly, helped to give Claire House the money needed to keep providing support to children and their families. Read more…

London Fashion Week or fashion on your doorstep?

18 September 2015 by Lisa

1970s evening dress by John Bates.

Detail of a 1970s evening dress by John Bates.

London Fashion Week kicks off on 18 September 2015! I’ve been avidly scrolling through #LFW on Twitter and Instagram to get my fashion fix as I can’t be there in person.

If you can’t make it down to London either, then you can at least check out our fashion displays at the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House.  Read more…

Tramcar 245 is launched!

18 September 2015 by Sharon

historic tram running on a tramline in Birkenhead

Tramcar 245 looking fantastic after restoration

As Curator of the Transport Collection at the Museum of Liverpool I work with a fantastic collection of vehicles, and over the years I have worked with some very special groups of people associated with these vehicles.

I first met members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) about 18 years ago. Sitting on a restored tram at the Wirral Transport Museum they told me all about their work. I was really impressed by their skills and their enthusiasm for the work they did. When a request to restore Tramcar 245 came through from them a short while later I thought the tram couldn’t be in better hands.

Tramcar 245 has a special place in Liverpool’s transport story. Read more…

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