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Archaeology at the Atkinson

18 February 2015 by Liz

Lunt at the Atkinson

The display features a number of finds excavated at Lunt as well as other local evidence such as the Formby footprints

Today we have a guest blog from Ron Cowell, Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology, Museum of Liverpool:

“The latest exhibition at the Atkinson Museum, Southport features finds from Museum of Liverpool’s regional archaeology collection. Between Land and Sea- 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast opened on Friday 13 February displaying finds from Lunt Meadows. Read more…

Lusitania: Queen of the Seas!

16 February 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Front cover of music showing and illustration of LusitainaLusitania: life, loss, legacy opens at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on 27 March. This new exhibition will tell the story of the Liverpool passenger liner RMS Lusitania and her tragic sinking during the First World War.

The sheet music for a piano waltz titled ‘Lusitania: Queens of the Seas’ is in the Museum’s archive collection. The front cover of the sheet music is signed and dated by the composer George Manners Herd on 1 January 1908, just four months after the passenger liner’s maiden voyage. Read more…

Unicorn horns and walking sticks: a curious history of ivory

12 February 2015 by Lynn

Detail of a narwhal tusk

Close up detail of narwhal tusk

Gina Muskett, former curator of Antiquities, here tells us about unicorn horns and the walking stick, and our ivories collection.


 

One of my favourite parts of the antiquities collection is the group of carved European ivories and I’d like to share the stories of a couple with you.  Read more…

Archaeology goes romantic for Valentine’s Day

12 February 2015 by Liz

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Today we have a guest blog from Vanessa Oakden, Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

In our new Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) display at the Museum of Liverpool you can now see some disclaimed treasure items which have been kindly lent by their finders. These finds have a romantic Valentine’s Day theme. Read more…

One family’s love of ceramics

11 February 2015 by Lynn

Pamela and Len Ratoff

Pamela and Len Ratoff

Ben Jones, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, shares his experience of working with this unique family collection of studio ceramics.


We were privileged last year to receive a large donation of wonderful material from the Ratoff family. The Ratoffs, Len and Pamela, were both active members of the Liverpool medical community, Len being a Doctor and Pamela, the Senior Social worker and head of department at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Throughout their working lives they indulged a love of ceramics, buying from a great number of North Welsh artists in easy reach of their then home in Llangwm, Gwynedd.

Read more…

A memorable time at World Museum!

10 February 2015 by Ann

Purcell family at World Museum

Today we bring you a blog from Carlos (12yrs), José (9yrs), Rio (8yrs) & Tiana (5yrs) Purcell who had such a lovely day at World Museum they wrote in to tell us about it.  We’re delighted they had such a fabulous time!

Mum took us to World Museum to look at some artefacts donated by our Great grandfather.  Armed with notepads and colouring tools we explored the exhibitions, drawing our favourite objects from around the world. Read more…

The Old Dock – where it all began for Liverpool

9 February 2015 by Sam

people on a viewing platform over an old brick structure

Danny leading a tour of Liverpool’s Old Dock © Paula Parker

Danny is one of the specialist guides who take visitors on tours of Liverpool’s historic Old Dock. This is a special year for the Old Dock, as Danny explains:

“Since May 2010 I have had the privilege of leading tours of Liverpool’s first enclosed commercial wet dock. I like to think of the Old Dock as a huge 300 year old time capsule located directly under Liverpool One. As a local, born and bred, I am extremely proud to represent where it all began for Liverpool. Read more…

Enormous fun in Tiny Liverpool!

6 February 2015 by Sam

mother and child playing with toys at the museum

Fay and her son enjoying some of the activities at a Tiny Liverpool session

Did you know that the Museum of Liverpool runs regular parent and baby sessions specially for our youngest visitors? Here’s Fay from the Museum to tell you all about them:

“Hi! My name is Fay and I’m part of the Education team at the Museum of Liverpool, delivering lots of family-friendly activities. I’m also mum to a very active toddler, so I know how great it is having somewhere safe, educational (and free!) to take my tot right on my doorstep. The Museum of Liverpool is just that and perfect for young visitors! Read more…

Rebellious attitude, quirky images and cool music

4 February 2015 by Lisa

Girl sitting on the beach playing records

Brighton Beach, 1967, by Tony Ray-Jones.

Next week our new photography exhibition opens at the Walker Art Gallery and I’ve been working on a new video to spread the word about the exhibition and help bring it to life.  Read more…

New acquisition: a ‘Basaon’ oracle set from Senegal

4 February 2015 by Zachary

Owen Burnham demonstrating how the Basaon oracle is used.

Owen Burnham demonstrating how the Basaon oracle is used.

It is not often that I get offered a really well documented object as a donation to the World Museum’s African collection. Last month I was pleased to accept a unique addition to the collection consisting of a rare divination set, or oracle, from Senegal in West Africa. The oracle, called a Basaon, is used by the Balanta Kanja people of the Casamance region in Southern Senegal and is one of very few remaining oracles of its type.  Read more…

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