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Leaving a lasting legacy

9 September 2015 by Emma Duffy

Inspiring future generations in the British Art 1880 - 1950 gallery at the Walker Art Gallery

Inspiring future generations in the British Art 1880 – 1950 gallery at the Walker Art Gallery

This week (7 – 13 September) is Remember a Charity Week, an annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to a charity when writing a Will. Although it’s not an easy topic to discuss, leaving a lasting legacy can really make a difference. Read more…

Unique dazzle ship installation – for one weekend only!

8 September 2015 by Sam

ship painted in bright contrasting stripes

Last year when OMD played two sell-out gigs at the Museum of Liverpool, concert-goers were also treated to a special installation on the Edmund Gardner pilot ship. For one weekend only, we are offering visitors another opportunity to experience this, as curator Ben Whitaker explains:

“Join us on 3 and 4 October when we will take you on a tour deep inside the Edmund Gardner Dazzle Ship to experience a unique audio visual installation.

Called ‘Dazzle Ships (Parts I, IV, V & VI)’, the installation uses music, sound and lighting to immerse you into the world of a dazzle ship under attack Read more…

6 curious objects you never knew belonged to World Museum

8 September 2015 by Lisa

Echinodermata in jars

Spiky echinodermata from the World Museum’s zoology collections.

Devil’s guts and a unicorn horn? Find out about 6 curious objects you never knew were in the World Museum’s collections…

The collections at World Museum are vast. Really vast. There are 80,000 objects in the Antiquities collection alone. While searching through our online collections, I’ve discovered some very unusual objects: Read more…

Roundhouses, rubbish and Romans

7 September 2015 by Liz

The evidence of the buildings is being analysed, and they seem to have been constructed in clay and timber and may have been round-houses similar to this

The evidence of the buildings is being analysed, and they seem to have been constructed in clay and timber and may have been round-houses similar to this

Mark Adams, Archaeological Project Officer, tells us about one of his latest, and favourite, finds:

“A team of archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology North and the Museum of Liverpool have recently excavated a Romano-British settlement at Burton, Cheshire Read more…

Mermaids, Monsters and Mantids, Oh My! Part Two Monsters

4 September 2015 by Paula


“Smiley” faced Axolotl

Laura Carter tells us more about the baby boom at World Museum, this time it’s the “Monsters”:

Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) are a Mexican amphibian, closely related to newts and salamanders with feathery external gills and smiley looking faces. Read more…

Celebrating Heritage: events in September

4 September 2015 by Mitty

Adam Duckworth scaled

Adam Duckworth, Education Demonstrator, giving the first of September’s Wednesday 3pm ‘Collections in Focus’ talks which highlight Liverpool’s connections to transatlantic slavery

As the holidays have now finished and we settle back into delivering our school sessions we are celebrating our Heritage status and we have some events and activities throughout the month. We have a fantastic group of speakers for our event on the 19 September, Heritage in Focus. Read more…

Dazzling tea cosies for the Edmund Gardner

3 September 2015 by Sam

colourful tea cosy in front of a ship painted with a similar pattern

Gina’s dazzle ship inspired tea cosy

This summer Chris Moseley, shipkeeping and models conservator, took over responsibility for the Edmund Gardner pilot ship – the largest item in our collections and probably the brightest since it was dazzled last year.

Along with 700 tons of ship he also inherited a couple of old tea pots and had a tea pot polishing competition with George, one of the volunteers on the ship. The results were so good that they decided they needed two new tea cosies, so they asked if National Museums Liverpool’s knitting group, the Knitwits, could help.

One of our knitters, Gina Couch, jumped at the chance to help, as she had a family connection to the Edmund Gardner. Her late brother Gerard, who was known as Sam by most people, worked for the Pilotage Service from 1949 to 1988, so he had worked on the Edmund Garner when it was used as a pilot vessel between 1953 and 1981.  Read more…

Designing our online collections

3 September 2015 by Lynn

Our new design.

Our new design.

Tibetan robes, watercolours, Egyptian mummies and frogs – what do they have in common? They’re all part of our vast and varied collections!

We’ve been looking at how we can present the items from our collections, better online. Because we have such diverse collections, it’s really difficult to find a single way to do this. As well as decorative and fine art collections, we have collections of insects, birds, plants, social history, medals, ships, models, maritime archives and items associated with slavery. And that’s just some of them! Read more…

Mermaids, Monsters and Mantids, Oh My! Part One Mermaids

2 September 2015 by Paula

mermaids purses

A group of Mermaids Purse egg cases

Laura Carter, Education Demonstrator, tells us about some exciting things happening at World Museum:

“Here in the Aquarium and Bug House at World Museum Liverpool, our animals are having a bit of a baby boom at the moment! It’s always a happy time for keepers too, because if our animals are breeding, it’s a good sign that they’re healthy and happy. Not to mention that the babies are adorable! Read more…

Why join the Patron’s circle?

1 September 2015 by Ann

Juliet Staines_blog

The Lady Lever Art Gallery Patron’s Circle has been developed for people who feel passionate about our work developing the Gallery for the future. We spoke to Juliet Staines, our very first patron to learn more about her decision to join the scheme.  Read more…

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