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Fascinating fact: fish have good memories!

8 April 2014 by Alyster

Blue fish with a yellow tail

A Regal Tang

The Regal Tang (Paracanthurus Hepatus) is a stunning fish and arguably the best character in the wildy popular film, ‘Finding Nemo’. This probably explains why the sequel called ‘Finding Dory’ will be focused on her.

Dory in the film has short term memory loss, perhaps a nod to the urban legend that fish only have three second memories. I’m often asked if this is true. It’s not! I’m not sure where this has come from, it’s a bit of a myth. Read more…

Documenting Japan

7 April 2014 by Emma

Mark examining blade

Mark examining a blade from the Hibbert collection

It would be very difficult for us to document the many thousands of objects we have in our collections without the help of our volunteers. Mark Jones has been working on the Japanese sword collections for nearly two years and he wanted to share his interest in one of the collection’s most important collectors: Read more…

Turner and the landscape genre

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Boats in a harbour

‘Scene on the French Coast’ by JMW Turner

Alex Patterson our Assistant Curator of Fine Art has been busy working on our new Turner exhibition over the past few months. Now that the show is open, she has been reflecting on what she’s discovered about Turner along the way…  Read more…

Look out for the Vikings!

4 April 2014 by Liz

Huxley-Hoard-Treasure-for-wVikings are all the rage at the moment!  With the major ‘Vikings: life and legend exhibition‘ at the British Museum, ‘The Vikings’ dramatised TV series on Love Film or DVD and even a Telegraph newspaper test of your own Viking credentials!

If you want your dose of Vikings here in Liverpool, you should to come to the Museum of Liverpool and see the Huxley Hoard of Viking silver, on display in the Timeline on the first floor.  Read more…

Take a fresh look at the Walker Art Gallery

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Man looking at contemporary artThink you know the Walker Art Gallery? Well, we hope you’ll get a new perspective on our well-loved gallery after  watching this new video trailer! Read more…

An amazing escape

3 April 2014 by Sarah

A black and white photograph of sea and sky with an upturned table barely visible in the centre of the image.

Photograph taken during the aftermath of the sinking of Nova Scotia, Mozambique Channel, 28 Nov 1942 (Maritime Archives reference DX/2592).

This photograph doesn’t look like much, just a grey sea and sky, but if you look closely there is a speck in the middle of the image.  This is a photograph of the aftermath of the wreck of the Liverpool registered Furness Withy ship Nova Scotia which was torpedoed on 28th November 1942 off the coast of Mozambique.  The speck is Read more…

Angela Rippon launches ‘When I was little’

31 March 2014 by Lucy

Photo of Angela Rippon holding When I was little backpack

Angela Rippon launches When I was little (c) Robin Clewley

Last week, we were very lucky to have Angela Rippon come to visit the Museum of Liverpool to launch a brand new project for children and their grandparents. Read more…

Guardians of the dawn: the Liverpool Pilots

27 March 2014 by Sam

man on the deck of a ship on the river Mersey, with the Liverpool waterfront in the background

John Curry

Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a special free talk next week:

“Who ensures the safe passage of shipping into and out of the Port of Liverpool? The Liverpool Pilots!

The sea approaches to Liverpool have always been difficult waters to navigate,  so the Liverpool Pilot Service was established in 1766 to safely guide ships into the port. For almost 30 years our own ship the Edmund Gardner – the largest object in our collections – provided a base for the service in the Irish Sea. Read more…

The Mayer Spoon: a glimpse into the future?

26 March 2014 by Gina

MayerSpoon

When you next visit World Museum, make sure you don’t miss the ‘Mayer Spoon’, a very special object from Antiquities’ Celtic collection, now on display in the Weston Discovery Centre.

The spoon was once owned by Joseph Mayer, an avid collector, who gave his collection to Liverpool Museum (now World Museum) in 1867. Read more…

“Your Museum made me cry – not once, but twice”

26 March 2014 by Dickie

A photo of a twitter message saying how emotional a visitor became at the museum

Tweet from visitor Yaz about her trip to the Museum of Liverpool

Visitor Yasamin Saeidi was so moved by The Museum of Liverpool that she burst into tears. When she tweeted about her emotional visit we asked her to expand on her thoughts.

Yaz tweeted: “The wonderful Museum of Liverpool. First museum to ever make me cry. Twice.” Read more…