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Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza

21 July 2014 by Liz

Excavations underway at Rainford Library

On 2 August the Rainford Elizabethan Extravaganza will celebrate heritage crafts, celebrating the early industrial heritage of the village of Rainford, near St Helens. The Museum of Liverpool Archaeology Department have been working with the Merseyside Archaeological Society for the last year and a half on the Rainford’s Roots project, investigating the development of industry in the village. Read more…

80th anniversary of Queensway Mersey Tunnel

18 July 2014 by Anne

archive photo of crowds at the opening of the Queensway Mersey tunnel

Queensway Mersey Tunnel entrance hung with ceremonial curtains prior to the official opening, with the royal stand in the foreground. Archive reference number 11256-8

The Queensway Mersey Tunnel, connecting Liverpool with Birkenhead beneath the River Mersey, was officially opened 80 years ago, on 18 July 1934 by King George V, accompanied by Queen Mary. The distinguished company of Stewart Bale Ltd, a Liverpool based firm of commercial and industrial photographers, was selected as the photographers to officially capture this prestigious event.

The Stewart Bale collection is now part of the Maritime Archives and Library, including some 195,445 negatives and a souvenir photograph album recording the opening ceremony of the Queensway Mersey Tunnel. Read more…

My Baby Got The Yips – Merseyside and The British Open

17 July 2014 by Dickie

Image of fairway and golf green with stands in background

Hoylake prepares to stage The Open.

Less than a week since America’s Mo Martin stormed through the field to win the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale, the world’s oldest golf tournament, The Open Championship, tees off at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake.

Paul Gallagher, Acting Senior Curator of Urban History at the Museum of Liverpool, explores our rich links with this major tournament. Read more…

World Museum’s ‘Liverpool Pigeon’ related to the Dodo

16 July 2014 by Emma Duffy

Painting of Spotted Green Pigeon

The Spotted Green Pigeon by Joseph Smit from Bulletin of Liverpool Museums 1898

Every day working for National Museums Liverpool I learn something amazing, and today is no exception! A ground-breaking genetic study, published today, has proven that World Museum’s Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata) specimen is not only unique, but related to the extinct, flightless bird; the Dodo. Read more…

Pop-art gift to the Walker!

15 July 2014 by Laura

People and painting

Senior NML staff welcome painting into collection. From L-R Sandra Penketh, Ann Bukantas John Entwistle, Ros McAlister, Phil Redmond and David Fleming

‘The Dinner Party’ by Sam Walsh has been on loan to the Walker for some time but we’re delighted to announce it has been formally gifted to us under the Cultural Gifts Scheme and is now part of our permanent collection. Read more…

Boardman thinks Museum’s a winner!

14 July 2014 by Lucy

Image of Chris Boardman with bike

Chris Boardman supporting the Museum of Liverpool in 2010

Did you know that the Museum of Liverpool is shortlisted to win the National Lottery Award for Best Heritage Project?

It’s a public vote, so we need everyone to get involved to help us clinch the top spot and make our city proud. You can vote here.

Someone who’s been a great supporter of the Museum since before it opened is former world and Olympic cycling champion Chris BoardmanRead more…

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…