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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.

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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

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

Danny is one of the visitor hosts 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

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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…

Everybody Razzle Dazzle

2 February 2015 by Lucy

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Sir Peter Blake, seen here in his studio

We are really excited to be involved in a new project announced today, to ‘dazzle’ one of the Mersey Ferries, and even more so because it involves Sir Peter Blake.

Peter Blake is perhaps most famous for designing the cover of The Beatles’ album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967). However, he has been a prolific artist during his career and his status in the art world far exceeds Sgt. Pepper’s.

Sir Peter is a leading figure in the development of British pop art, and became the first Patron of the John Moores Painting Prize – held every two years at the Walker Art Gallery – in 2011.  Read more…

Planning your wedding? Our wedding co-ordinator’s top tips

30 January 2015 by Stacey

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Congratulations, you’re engaged! After the celebrations with family and friends have subsided you are now starting to realise the enormity of  planning the perfect day for you and your other half. Here is Jenna, our wedding co-ordinator, with some top tips for making sure you have everything covered for a perfect weddingRead more…

My labour of love for John Gilbert, legendary bird expert

28 January 2015 by Lynn

Paradise parrot

Gilbert discovered the Paradise Parrot, sadly now extinct, on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland in 1844.

Clem Fisher, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology talks about her obsession with and extensive research into the work of John Gilbert, ornithologist, curator and explorer.


I first became interested in the collections of John Gilbert when I started work as “Trainee, Natural History” in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum Liverpool) in 1975.

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