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Cunard 175: The ship that started it all

3 July 2015 by Jen

Model of PS Britannia

Model of PS Britannia. Accession number 33.97

If you’ve been in Liverpool over the last couple of months it will have been hard to miss the city’s excitement. Cunard, one of the world’s most famous shipping lines, is celebrating their 175th anniversary right here in their home city and, like everything Cunard does, they’re doing it in style. The Three Queens (Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2) made their magnificent entry to the city on 25 May, but Cunard’s beginnings 175 years ago were on a slightly smaller scale. Read more…

Liverpool Grand Prix

2 July 2015 by Liz

trophy with a man waving a flag on top

Aintree Circuit Lap Record Trophy. On display in Wondrous Place gallery in the Museum of Liverpool

I’m an archaeologist at the Museum of Liverpool, so this blog relates to history which is a bit modern for me, but in my down-time I follow Formula One motorsport and have an interest in its history.

This weekend’s British Grand Prix marks the 60th anniversary of the first time a British Driver won a Grand Prix on home soil.  Read more…

Lusitania: 7 May 1915

2 July 2015 by Sam

ship hit by a huge splash of water almost as high as the funnels

An artist’s conception of the torpedo impact on the Lusitania. © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division/J Kent Layton Collection

This is the 9th and penultimate blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

“On the morning of Friday 7 May 1915 the Lusitania was enshrouded in fog. Captain Turner sounded the ship’s foghorn and decelerated to 18, and sometimes to 15, knots to help prevent a collision with any ship that could have been traveling through those busy waters.

Many passengers were irritated by the foghorn, believing that it could give the ship’s position away to any enemy U-Boats. Read more…

Ndaba Mandela to come to Liverpool for Slavery Remembrance Day

1 July 2015 by Lucy

Image of Ndaba Mandela

Ndaba Mandela will be joining us for Slavery Remembrance Day this year

We are really pleased to announce that Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the beloved and iconic Nelson Mandela, has accepted an invitation to deliver the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture this year on Friday 21 August.

The lecture is part of our plans for the city’s sixteenth annual Slavery Remembrance Day, which has been taking place since 1999. There’s three days of activities, with the main day of events taking place on Slavery Remembrance Day itself, Sunday 23  August.  Read more…

Time capsule discovery – a glimpse of Liverpool life, 1856

29 June 2015 by Kay

Get a glimpse of Liverpool’s history with this time capsule, which was recently acquired by the museum and is on display until 27 July 2015 as part of the Festival of Archaeology.

Contents of the time capsule donated to the Museum of Liverpool.

Contents of the time capsule donated to the Museum of Liverpool.

This intriguing time capsule was recently unearthed by builder John Connell during renovation work at the ‘Scandinavian Hotel’ on the corner of Nelson Street in the city centre. Developer, Downing converted the building into student accommodation, The Arch, after it lay derelict for many years.

The building was originally constructed as a workshop, warehouse and showroom for Abbott’s Cabinet Makers. The foundation stone, embedded with the time capsule, was laid on Tuesday 9 December, 1856 by the owner Samuel Abbott Esquire. Several members of the Abbott family, along with Henry Summers, Architect and Jones and Co., builders were also present.  Read more…

Broken Lives: finding the past and freeing the future

26 June 2015 by Sarah

Richard Benjamin ISM blog for Broken Lives 25.6.15 WEB SMALLDr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, looks at the different ways we can learn from history to end social injustices, as new exhibition ‘Broken Lives: slavery in modern India’, opens at the Museum today…. Read more…

Immerse yourself in Ticket to Ride

25 June 2015 by Andrew

Marcia (pupil at St Vincent's school), during the filming of her journey for Ticket to Ride with film maker Paul McCann.

Marcia (pupil at St Vincent’s school), during the filming of her journey for Ticket to Ride with film maker Paul McCann.

Ticky Lowe, artist and Director of Making Sense, makes interactive and multi-sensory artworks and interpretation for museums and galleries. Her latest display, Ticket to Ride opened at the Museum of Liverpool last week. Ticky blogs for us here, describing the project that runs until 4 September 2015.  Read more…

Plant models collection now online

25 June 2015 by Lynn

Here, Curator of Botany, Donna Young reveals a fascinating part of our botanical collection, Brendel’s anatomical plant models and how they were used as teaching aides.

A dismantled oat model

“Down in the basement of World Museum there is a room with cabinets lining the walls. Inside these cabinets are an amazing collection of large and very colourful plant models. You may have seen some of them displayed in our atrium or in our Clore Natural History Centre.  Read more…

The Lusitania’s last voyage

24 June 2015 by Sarah

Captain Turner spots a film crew on the New York pier as the Lusitania departs for the last time. © J Kent Layton Collection

Captain Turner spots a film crew on the New York pier as the Lusitania departs for the last time. © J Kent Layton Collection

This is the 8th blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Read more…

Inspired by Wedgwood

24 June 2015 by Ann

In her latest blog behind the scenes at the Lady Lever Art Gallery South End redevelopment project Angelica Vanasse gives us an insight in to her work with local schools and explains how their input will form part of the new displays opening in Spring 2016.

Marie Canning working with a student from Prenton High School for Girls

Marie Canning working with a student from Prenton High School for Girls

The South End development project at the Lady Lever Art Gallery isn’t just about the incredible restoration and conservation of the galleries, but also about developing relationships with local schools and community groups. As part of the project, year 10 students from Prenton High School for Girls recently reinterpreted Wedgwood pottery from the Gallery’s collections in the form of miniature porcelain sculptures. Their tiny creations will be used as part of the new displays in the South End, bringing a fresh perspective to our displays when they reopen next year.  Read more…

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