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A wee tale from the ‘poop’ deck

21 July 2015 by Jen

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Box of Bromo toilet paper. Accession number 1986.210.194

Part of my job as an Assistant Curator that I’ve absolutely loved is working in the museum stores with our fantastic collections. Sometimes though, due to the vast size of these collections, we come across some rather unexpected items. Such as toilet paper…

This item dates from the late 19th or early 20th century and was a popular brand in its day. The paper inside the box is in individual sheets, rather than the rolls we’re now familiar with, and its texture is not dissimilar to that of a paperback novel… despite it’s claims to being ‘soft and strong’ I suspect most of us would be reluctant to give it a home in our bathrooms today!

So why does the Maritime Museum have this absorbing item? Had collecting standards gone down the pan? Should we be flushed with embarrassment at this seemingly non-maritime object sneaking into our collections?  Read more…

Cocoa, mango and the generous Trini spirit

20 July 2015 by Paula

Doux-doux - the sweetest of mangos

Doux-doux – the sweetest of mangos – though Trinidad has a huge variety of mangos, and everyone has their own preference, often hotly contested.

This is the second blog in the series from Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas collection at World Museum.

“Day 1: Cocoa, mango and the generous Trini spirit: Herbarium collecting in Eastern Trinidad

Overcast days are a blessing when fieldworking in Trinidad – and indeed any part of the Caribbean: the heat and humidity can knock even the locals back. Read more…

Treasure acquired for the region!

20 July 2015 by Liz

old brooches

Brooches from the Knutsford Hoard

Great news! The Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum have received £65,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project that will help to acquire two locally-discovered hoards of Roman treasure.

The Hoards of Cheshire project will enable us to acquire the Knutsford and Malpas hoards for the region, and create a small exhibition around them, which will tour. Read more…

The connection between living trees and Trinidad’s prehistory

17 July 2015 by Paula

A medium-sized specimen of Andira sp., growing in the forest reserves of Tamana, Eastern Trinidad. These trees can grow up to 100 feet in height.

A medium-sized specimen of Andira sp., growing in the forest reserves of Tamana, Eastern Trinidad. These trees can grow up to 100 feet in height.

Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas collections for World Museum, has sent us this Blog post about her trip to Trinidad and the work she in undertaking.

“The 4×4 rattled down the dirt road surrounded by the lush vegetation of Tamana, Eastern Trinidad, coming to a stop when forestry officer Harris Soukiel gave the word that one of ‘our’ trees had been sighted: Andira sp. (common name: Angelin).  Read more…

Summer fun for young archaeologists!

16 July 2015 by Liz

children in a workshop with a woman in period clothing

School’s out for the summer next week! If you’re looking for an interesting way for your child (aged 8-17) to spend a few days over the holidays, try our Young Archaeologists’ Club summer school workshops!

Tuesday 28 July 2015: Sheep to Shirt
A day of hand-on activities to explore what people wore in the past and how things were made: dyed, woven, braided, and sewn! How did the Vikings wash their socks? Why were nettles so important in clothing? Read more…

Launching this Autumn: Destination Space at World Museum!

15 July 2015 by Felicity

Image of Tim Peake, the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut

Tim Peake, the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut © European Space Agency

This week, we’ve been able to reveal some very exciting news! World Museum has joined forces with the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to run a fantastic new programme at the Museum, providing children and families with an opportunity to learn all about human space flight and follow life on the International Space Station.

We’re one of 20 centres taking part in the national programme, called ‘Destination Space’, which is backed by the UK Space Agency. Last night, Tim Peake officially announced the programme at the UK Space Conference 2015, held here in Liverpool! Read more…

REALITY: “…a collection of my favourite contemporary British paintings”

14 July 2015 by Lisa

Chris Stevens in his studio.

Chris Stevens in his studio.

The REALITY exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery is now open and we’ve already had some brilliant feedback. Visitors have been tweeting about their experiences:

” #REALITY exhibition @walkergallery is a great testament to British artists.”

“‘Consulting the Oracle’ by Caroline Walker really moved me…”

If you’ve not yet been to see this varied exhibition of striking – and at times gritty – paintings, here’s an introduction to the show by curator and artist, Chris Stevens:  Read more…

Walker displays rare Picasso drawing for the first time

13 July 2015 by Felicity

Image of the drawing, Study for Temptation of St Anthony (1909), by Pablo Picasso

Study for Temptation of St Anthony (1909), by Pablo Picasso

We’re thrilled to have acquired a drawing by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, which will go on public display for the very first time from 14 July – 31 October 2015.

The drawing, Study for Temptation of St Anthony (1909), will be on show as part of a new display ‘Picasso on Paper‘ at the Walker Art Gallery.

Formerly owned by the great British painter and collector Lucian Freud (1922-2011), the drawing was gifted to National Museums Liverpool by Arts Council England as part of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. Read more…

We dig football!

13 July 2015 by Liz

old map showing houses and fields, with one property highlighted

Detail from James Newlands’ 1847 map of Liverpool showing the Queen’s Head. Courtesy of Digital Archives Association http://digitalarchives.co.uk/

This weekend, on Saturday 18 July, our archaeologists will be heading out looking for a pub – but this one won’t serve them a pint, it’s the site of an important historical event, and is under the ground!

The Museum of Liverpool archaeology team will be leading a community excavation in search of the Queen’s Head, Village Street, Everton in partnership with Friends of Everton Park . We’re looking to find the spot where the agreement was made to rename St Domingo’s Football Club – it became Everton FC in 1879, and from this time grew in size, and became a founder member of the Football League in 1888.

Local historian and former Liverpool Echo sports editor Ken Rogers, author of the best-selling ‘Lost Tribes of Everton’ books has undertaken considerable research about the building, and has discovered Read more…

Transatlantic 175 birthday celebration

10 July 2015 by Ellie

Maura on the Liverpool Waterfront

Maura in Liverpool on 4 July 2015. Image courtesy of Kate Warner.

One lady who enjoyed the Cunard Transatlantic 175 events last weekend is Maura Doyle. Her family arranged for her to spend her 95th birthday celebrations in Liverpool so that she could mark the special anniversary, including a visit to Merseyside Maritime Museum. Read more…

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