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Dr David Fleming: “What does the democratic museum look like?”

man in glasses and shirt and tie outside museum

Dr David Fleming

What follows is the last in a five part series looking at museums and democracy, this time explaining what a democratic museum should look like and where its priorities should lie.

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…

Creepy crawly photo competition!

8 July 2014 by Lisa

Paper Kite Butterfly

Paper Kite Butterfly by Sam Lyon

Here’s our Education Demonstrator from the Bug House, Laura Carter, to tell us about the latest Bug House photo competition:

“It’s that time of year again – sunshine, warm weather, flowers… and creepy crawlies! So why not grab your camera and enter our 2014 Bug House photography competition?

Insects, spiders, worms, slugs and snails are all fair game – found locally or abroad. Read more…

Lunt Meadows questionnaire

7 July 2014 by Liz

Excavations at Lunt Meadows

Excavations at Lunt Meadows

In August 2012 the Museum of Liverpool Archaeology Department discovered a rare and important early prehistoric hunter-gatherer site on land at Lunt Meadows that is due to become a wetland nature reserve Read more…

Rainford archaeology on show

3 July 2014 by Liz

Volunteer with pot he excavated in Rainford

Volunteer, Michael Chapman excavated this near-complete 16th century cup in a garden in Rainford

Some of the thousands of finds discovered in Rainford, St Helens in the last couple of years have gone on display for the festival of archaeology. At Rainford library a display of finds, ‘Pipes, Pots and People’ will be on show until 18 July; and in the Museum of Liverpool Rainford’s Roots will be on display until 31 July.

Rainford is a happy hunting ground for archaeologists and since 2013 the Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists have run both commercial and community excavations in the village. These digs have investigated Rainford’s industrial past: a centre for the production of pottery from the 16th century, and clay tobacco pipes from the 17th century. Read more…

Goodbye to National Insect Week 2014!

2 July 2014 by Tony

Doug and Elaine share their knowledge.

Doug and Elaine share their knowledge.

National Insect Week 2014 drew to a close this weekend with more engaging insect related events and activities at World Museum. Read more…

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

People laughing

Private view for John Moores 2010

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