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Sugar, tea and pottery – new archaeology displays at Museum of Liverpool. Part 1/2

6 August 2018 by Jeff

Tea pot

Teapot from Paul Scott’s ‘Cumbrian Blue(s), The Cockle Pickers’ Tea Service’

The Museum of Liverpool’s archaeology team have put together two new displays of pottery which may look very different but on closer inspection have interesting connections.

One is a display of ‘Cumbrian Blue(s), The Cockle Pickers’ Tea Service’ by artist, Paul Scott. Made to commemorate the Chinese cockle pickers killed in Morecombe Bay in 2004 and modern slavery, it also links to Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The second display, in the Atrium case on the ground floor, shows some of the huge quantities of sugar refining pottery recovered in 2007 from the site of the Museum, before it was built. Read more…

Get groovy in our 1960s extravaganza!

3 August 2018 by Matt

Museum objects

Memorabilia from the decade available to handle

Think of the 1960s and The Beatles won’t be far from many people’s thoughts. Their appearances at the London Palladium and the Ed Sullivan Show made them nationally and then internationally famous.

While all that was happening there was another influential figure emphatically putting Liverpool on the map. Bill Shankly’s Liverpool were on the rise, playing a brand of swashbuckling football under their manager’s passionate and charismatic leadership. 1966 may be the year England won the World Cup but for us it was the year that Everton won the FA Cup and Liverpool won the league championship 3-2 against Sheffield Wednesday.

There was no denying it: Liverpool was cool.  It’s that coolness that we’ll be celebrating with a week of free activities  in our 1960s extravaganza from 6 August!

Adult and child doing craft

Make your own Ford Anglia © Dave Jones

Make your own Ford Anglia, an iconic 1960s car made right here in Liverpool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Try your hand with real 1960s games like the Etch-a-Sketch and Spirograph from Monday through to Thursday.

Celebrating 50 years since the launch of The Beatle’s White Album by making your own album cover craft work on Tuesday and Thursday.

We’ll have handling objects for you to relive the decade with, including records, radios, toys, games, clothing, and even some things to get you remembering your school days.

 

Reminders of Liverpool’s lost castle

30 July 2018 by Liz

castle model in museum display

Model of Liverpool Castle in the History Detectives gallery at the Museum of Liverpool © Mark McNulty

When visitors to the Museum of Liverpool reach the first floor, they’re often surprised to be greeted, right at the top of the stairs, by a model of a castle! Castles possibly aren’t something you especially associate with Liverpool, but the town did have one from around 1235 to the 1730s.  Read more…

Tales from the city – captivating stories from the LGBT+ community

27 July 2018 by Andrew Bullock

Image ow two women kissing, with a Liverpool skyline underneath them and a rainbow in the background.

Tales from the city

We are marking this Liverpool Pride weekend with a blog from Marianna Gould. Marianna is studying Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool and was moved when she visited our Tales from the city exhibition:  Read more…

Mauretania – the glory of the Mersey

27 July 2018 by Ellie

Saturday 28 July 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the launch of  Mauretania, the second Cunard liner to bear the name – the first having enjoyed a long and successful career. She was built at Cammell Laird’s in Birkenhead, and was the largest transatlantic liner built on the Mersey.

Church service for Mauretania

Image courtesy Cunard

On Monday Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth was here in Liverpool, and I was fortunate enough to attend a service at St Nick’s to celebrate this anniversary, organised by Liverpool Parish Church in partnership with Cunard and Cammell Laird. Read more…

Last chance to vote for us!

26 July 2018 by Richard

A World Cup final, Wimbledon final  – and on Friday, the last chance to vote for the International Slavery Museum for this year’s National Lottery Fund Good Causes Award – July has it all.

If we are to judge the success of a museum by the amount of trophies and prizes it has been awarded though; it would in my view miss the point. And in our case this is good as we have technically not ‘won’ that much these past 10 years even though our work and ethos – and in particular our educational programmes with young people – are globally recognised and seen as exemplars within the field of museums and social justice.

Now an honourable mention by The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence in 2009 was marvellous. It was good for team morale and an acknowledgement of the work of our partners and supporters. And only last month the Museum received the 2018 UNI Global Union Freedom from Fear award for our work within the field of human rights and modern-day slavery and enslavement. UNI Global Union represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions.

But for me being a recipient of an award that recognizes our work with young people – the future of an inclusive and democratic society – who visit a museum space and have an experience that stays with them for a lifetime; now that is some achievement.  Help it happen by voting for us. We have done so much these past 10 years, often working on difficult and challenging subjects, and we are proud to say we have made a difference – maybe just a small one – but enough to say we have made Liverpool, the UK and hopefully many places around the world more tolerant, more inclusive, and better informed.

You can vote for us here or by Tweeting with the hashtag #NLAIntSlaveryMuseum. Voting closes at midnight on Friday 27 July 2018. Thank you for your support.

Telling her story – Melanie Robson

26 July 2018 by Kay

Within the Tales from the city exhibition we have a special display case which enables us to tell different people’s stories through objects that are meaningful to them.

Our current display features items kindly loaned by Melanie Robson. Melanie is a retired teacher who lives in Bootle. Her precious items represent her life as a transwoman. Read more…

Summer holiday space exploration at World Museum

25 July 2018 by Ann

Out of this world at World Museum’s Planetarium

The temperature is not only building outside World Museum during the heatwave but inside with the summer holiday programme of Planetarium shows.

With mini documentary shows for adults, cartoon based shows for preschoolers and fun informative shows for older children with an interest in space and astronomy we have something for every space explorer.

Screenings start at 10.30am with a ten minute introductory show looking at The Sky at Night and run through until 3.45pm with our longer, more informative shows. Tickets must be purchased from the ground floor information desk so make that your first stop of the day.

National Museums Liverpool members  can now see Planetarium shows for FREE so arrive early, collect your ticket from the information desk (subject to availability) and take some time out of your day to explore the final frontier.

Read more…

A blood moon is coming!

25 July 2018 by Patrick Kiernan

Total Lunar eclipse. Image c/o alfredogarciajr via Flickr

This Friday 27 July we get the chance to see one of the wonders of the night sky: a total eclipse of the moon!

Read more…

The Great Exhibition of the North

24 July 2018 by Andrew Bullock

A few months ago, the Museum of Liverpool was approached by Tyne and Wear Museums, with a request to loan objects from our Urban History collections for display in The Great Exhibition of the North. Read more…



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