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A day in the life of the Aquarium

24 March 2014 by Alyster

Alyster, one of our aquarists, getting ready to feed the sharks.

Alyster getting ready to feed the sharks.

Hello, I’m Alyster, an aquarist at World Museum. Today I’m going to tell you a bit about a ‘typical’ day working in the Aquarium – although each day can be very different from the last! I’m not the only aquarist who works at the museum. Myself and Ben (who has a starring role in the video below) take care of the majority of the husbandry, with help from our boss Paul, who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and is happy to relay his 15+ years of experience as an aquarist.  Read more…

A short history of violence

19 March 2014 by Richard

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Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum looks at the different ways museums have told the story of violence. Read more…

Microfade testing of light sensitive collections

19 March 2014 by Sam

Man with technical equipment and a decorative table

Visiting conservation scientist, Bruce Ford, testing the light fastness of a painted table from the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Siobhan Watts, Head of Conservation Science at the Conservation Centre, has news about some of the vital behind-the-scenes work that she does to protect our collections:

“What do a watercolour by Burne-Jones, regimental colours, Native American quillwork moccasins, and silk furniture covers have in common? Answer – they are all sensitive to light, and will fade to a greater or lesser degree when they are on display. Read more…

Meet our clownfish (aka Nemo!)

18 March 2014 by Alyster

'Clownfish' (or Nemo!)

‘Amphiprion percula’, commonly known as a ‘Clownfish’ (or Nemo!) Image courtesy of Haplochromis via Wikimedia commons.

Hi, I’m Alyster and I’m an aquarist at the Aquarium at World Museum. Over the next few months I’m going to introduce you to some of the fish in our Aquarium. I’ll be picking out the characters from the film ‘Finding Nemo’ and telling you more about the real fish behind the animation!

I’m going to start with the characters Nemo, Marlin and Coral, who are all clownfish.

It’s safe to say our clownfish are one of the most popular fish in our aquarium, and often draw the most attention. Children and adults a like will point with glee and exclaim “NEMO!” It’s no surprise given the massive success of the film and the iconic look the clownfish has. Read more…

Beside the seaside in Big Art

17 March 2014 by Angelica

Our cheeky herring gull and common cockles

Image by Robert Flynn

If this chilly weather has you dreaming of the summertime then the new display in Big Art for Little Artists at the Walker Art Gallery might warm you up! Inspired by local artist George Wallace Jardine’s painting ‘Full Fathom Five’ that was already on display, we gathered an inspiring mix of seaside objects from National Museums Liverpool’s collections that you might find on our local sea shores – from shells to seaweed and everything in between. Read more…

What it means to be Congolese – by Petronelle Moanda

13 March 2014 by Felicity

Petronelle stands next to her quote, displayed in the Brutal Exposure: the Congo exhibition

Petronelle standing next to her quote, displayed in the Brutal Exposure: the Congo exhibition

When we asked Petronelle Moanda, Operations Manager at the Congolese Association of Merseyside, if she’d like to send us a quote to be displayed in our Brutal Exposure: the Congo exhibition, we were moved by her incredibly honest and insightful account of what it means to her to be Congolese.

Petronelle will be a panel member at a free discussion, ‘The Congo: now and then’ held at the International Slavery Museum on Saturday at 2pm. She shares her account with us here: Read more…

International Women’s Day – Margaret Beavan, Liverpool’s First Woman Lord Mayor

7 March 2014 by Kay

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8 March is International Women’s Day and to help celebrate, we are highlighting objects in the Museum of Liverpool’s collections which help to tell the story of some amazing Liverpool women.

The first is this painting of Margaret Beavan – Liverpool’s First Woman Lord Mayor and Children’s Champion. It was painted by John Archibald Alexander Berrie, and shows Margaret at a dinner at the Lyceum Club, Bold Street, 19 December 1927, held in her honour. A footman can be seen in the background and Liverpool worthies and their wives sit either side of her. Significantly, this was the first occasion on which ladies were entertained within the gentleman’s club. Read more…

Drawing conclusions about the past

6 March 2014 by Liz

Drawings of cups excavated in Rainford

Recently staff in the archaeology department at the Museum of Liverpool have been working on drawings of some of our finds from the Rainford’s Roots community archaeology project.

We draw a lot of our finds as this helps to record their form (shape), material and textures. Sometimes drawings can be better than photographs in showing some of the detail of an object.  Read more…

Inspiring women photographers

6 March 2014 by Sam

Rebecca Seeley Harris standing in front of a photo of her great grandmother in the Congo

Rebecca Seeley Harris said she felt very proud of her pioneering great grandmother Alice when she visited the Brutal Exposure exhibition

Marilyn Monroe famously claimed “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world”. However, two exhibitions that have opened recently on Liverpool’s waterfront show that if you give a girl a camera then she can change the world.

Brutal Exposure: the Congo at the International Slavery Museum features photographs taken by Alice Seeley Harris when she and her husband were working as missionaries in the Congo Free State in the early 1900s. They became active human rights campaigners after witnessing first hand the atrocities carried out in the name of King Leopold II. Read more…

New display at Sudley House

5 March 2014 by Simon

The new display at Sudley House

The new display at Sudley House

Sudley House has a new display called Enigma: An Era of Wealth and Contradiction which was born from a collaboration between Mersey Care NHS Trust and The Artists Group (TAG). Enigma is the eighth Sudley project. It was devised and delivered by TAG artists Sue Williams and Steve Rooney, together with support from Dot Maloney. A creative writing aspect was developed by poet Pauline Rowe. Read more…

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