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Reconnecting with the ancestors at World Museum

30 June 2014 by Zachary

Patrice and Iva

Patrice and Iva in World Cultures Gallery with a portrait of their grandfather and great grandfather.

As curator of the African collections at World Museum I often take groups of visitors round our World Cultures Gallery. I also take individuals and smaller groups, with special interests, behind the scenes to show them our stored collections. Many are students or scholars involved in special research projects, and although they often get excited about what they find in our collections, their interests are mostly intellectual and aesthetic. But recently I had a visit that was rather different because it was from cousins Patrice Wellesley Cole and Iva Johnson.

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National Insect Week continues!

27 June 2014 by Tony

Insect delicacies?!

Insect delicacies?!

The events to celebrate National Insect Week 2014  are continuing this weekend at World Museum. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine will be bringing along some of their blood sucking insects, including the worlds most dangerous animal – the mosquito, and some of their close relatives.

Local bee keeper Doug Jones will be coming in on Saturday 28 June, with an observation hive to explain the challenges and rewards of ‘beeing a bee keeper’! And you will have the chance to try some ‘edible’ insects and decide for yourself if they deserve that title! Read more…

Help us become UK’s best-loved National Lottery funded project

26 June 2014 by Dickie

A photo of a twitter message saying how emotional a visitor became at the museum

An emotional response from a visitor to the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is in the running to become the nation’s best loved National Lottery funded project. But we can only do this with your help… Read more…

Fascinating facts and great memories in Members’ Week

25 June 2014 by Lynn

Visitors at Grayson Perry exhibition

Curator Pauline Rushton talks to visitors at our Grayson Perry exhibition

Sarah Houghton, Fundraising and Membership Officer gives us the low-down on our recent Members’ Week:

“Our members enjoyed a fantastic week long programme of events recently as part of Members’ Week. Over 170 members took part in 12 exclusive events across all of our venues and learnt some interesting and unusual facts on our collections. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize – private view ticket giveaway!

25 June 2014 by Laura

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Private view for John Moores 2010

We’re giving away 10 pairs of the hottest tickets in town! Read more…

Refugee Week – Anny’s sewing machine

24 June 2014 by Kay

o_cadf12a78d565460-0kjRefugee week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.

In The People’s Republic gallery in the Museum of Liverpool there are many personal stories and objects which help reveal migration journeys to the city.

One of these special objects is this Pfaff sewing machine which was brought to Liverpool by Anny Foa who fled Turin, Italy in 1939 when life was blown apart by the turmoil of the Second World War. Read more…

Not everyone wants culture in reverential silence

23 June 2014 by David Fleming

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What follows is the fourth of a five part series looking at museums and democracy, this time explaining how museums failed to respond effectively to the rise of the working classes. The series is from the text of a lecture I gave in May 2014 at Liverpool’s Institute of Cultural Capital research symposium entitled ‘The Arts, Them and Us: creating a more equitable system for subsidised culture’. Read more…

Flying the flag for Seafarers Awareness Week

23 June 2014 by Sam

logo with text: An island nation, Seafarers Awareness Week 21-29 June 2014

Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, explains why Seafarers Awareness Week is important, and how we can all get involved:

“Are you reading this blog on a computer, smartphone or tablet? Chances are it was brought to this country in a metal box on the back of a ship, along with your TV, clothes and most of your other possessions. Read more…

National Insect Week at World Museum

23 June 2014 by Tony

NIW-2014-Logoeditedfor-blogNational National Insect Week 2014 kicked off early this year with a series of events at World Museum. This weekend we hosted experts from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) who brought in some of their animals, and talked about the life saving research they undertake. Read more…

New display on Brunel’s SS Great Eastern

18 June 2014 by Jen

Photograph of the SS Great Eastern with large Lewis' Department Store advert on the side.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Eastern was, in her day, the largest ship ever built. A truly ambitious project from one of the most famous names in engineering history, the Great Eastern was built to provide a ship that could travel all the way to Australia or the Far East without the need to stop and take on more coal. Despite this she was only used on the transatlantic routes, travelling to Canada and North America as a passenger liner, often departing from Liverpool and playing a part in the emigrant trade.

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