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Maya world: a rainforest civilisation

23 June 2015 by Ann

Temple of Five Floors, Edzna

Edificio de los Cinco Pisos, or Temple of Five Floors, Edzna Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia – Fotógrafo Ignacio Guevara.

The ancient Mayas built one of the world’s most successful and brilliant civilisations, tantalising remains of which survive.  Colossal stone cities were the centre of Maya culture.  These cities were home to dramatic pyramids that housed temples and the palaces of the Royal courts.  Here they developed a complex writing system and recorded their own history.    Read more…

Celebrating International Yoga Day

19 June 2015 by Paula

19th century indian figure

Image courtesy of National Museums Liverpool

Dr. Chrissy Partheni, our Curator of Classical Antiquities shares her love of yoga:

“21 June has been declared International Yoga Day and huge preparations are under way, not only in India, but across the world to mark the positive effect yoga has on individuals and communities. Whether you attend a class on the day or practice at home this is an opportunity to give thanks to those who have devoted their lives in making yoga accessible to all, passing on their knowledge and practice as well as to join in the spirit of universal human consciousness. Read more…

Lusitania: ‘If business demanded’ it

19 June 2015 by Sam

Large ship being led into docks by 3 small tugs

The Mauretania being manuevered around the Liverpool docks by tugboats. © J Kent Layton Collection

This is the 7th blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum:

“As the winter months began to wind down in early 1915, bookings were increasing on the North Atlantic again. Fears were beginning to subside, and with the threat of naval dangers at sea seeming more remote to prospective passengers, there was apparently less reason not to travel. As a result, Cunard began to see an increased need for passenger capacity. Indeed, on her 202nd crossing, headed east from New York on 1 May, the Lusitania’s second class spaces were overbooked, and overall it was her longest east-bound passenger list since the war’s outbreak.  Read more…

Discuss, Discover, Draw at the Walker Art Gallery with artist Caroline Johnson

18 June 2015 by Ann

Students at work in the Sculpture Gallery

Students at work in the Sculpture Gallery

Do you enjoy art but would like to learn some new practical skills? We’re now mid-way through a series of free drawing sessions at the Walker Art Gallery with artist Caroline Johnson, suitable for adults of all abilities, with all the materials provided.  These sessions are about exploring your skills and our collections and learning in a friendly environment.  Here Caroline tells us what she and her budding artists have been up to:  Read more…

HMT Lancastria: a survivor’s words

17 June 2015 by Jen

Private Tom Wood

Private Tom Wood. Copyright unknown; please contact us if you are the copyright holder of this image, as efforts to trace and obtain permission from the copyright holder have been unsuccessful.

Last week I blogged about the tragic loss of the HMT Lancastria in the Second World War and the commemorative service held at Our Lady and St Nicholas’ church last Saturday.  Used during the service were extracts from a first hand account of the sinking, as told by a survivor in a letter belonging to the Maritime Archives collections. Read more…

Get a Ticket to Ride at the Museum of Liverpool

15 June 2015 by Andrew

Visitors immerse themselves in the Ticket to Ride display.

Visitors immerse themselves in the Ticket to Ride display.

Ticket to Ride kicks off Mencap Liverpool’s Learning Disability Week events at the Museum of Liverpool.

Hailey Wood, Project Co-odinator at Mencap Liverpool comments on the interactive display in the first of a series of special blogs.

“Monday 15 June is an exciting day for everyone at Mencap Liverpool.

Ticket to Ride is an immersive, sensory experience that allows people to see, hear and feel what a journey is like from the perspective of another person. Read more…

Lusitania and the world crisis

10 June 2015 by Sam Vaux

Two leaders standing side by side

Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II and England’s Winston Churchill together before the outbreak of war. © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division/J Kent Layton Collection

This is the sixth blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum:

“On 28 June 1914 the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Very few people in the world had ever heard of this unfortunate couple, nor could they possibly have imagined what would soon result from the crime.  The problem was that all of Europe had for years been divided into two armed camps. Several times incidents had threatened to become all-out European war, but each time the peril had been averted—sometimes by only a narrow margin. Read more…

Helping to mend broken lives

9 June 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Photograph of Jeeva Kumar

Modern slavery is a global issue and the International Slavery Museum works closely with organisations who campaign against these human rights abuses. Our next exhibition Broken Lives: slavery in modern India, developed in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network, will highlight the exploitation of India’s Dalit community. Jeeva Kumar, Director of Pratigya India, will be giving a talk at the museum during the opening weekend. Here Jeeva tells us more about her work to combat trafficking of girls and women in south India:

“Poised on the Uhuru peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, I savoured the moment of triumph, having overcome many obstacles to scale the peak. I was one of the 48 women who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of our movement’s initiative to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking all over the world. Uhuru in Swahili means ‘Freedom’ and the climb was a symbolic representation of overcoming the struggles faced by the oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked women and children, every day. Read more…

Golden Wedding celebrations at the Museum of Liverpool

8 June 2015 by Kay

couple by museum display

Cliff and Norma Longfoot in front of Norma’s dress in the Museum of Liverpool

Norma and Cliff Longfoot, along with their son Phillip, paid an extra special visit to the Museum of Liverpool to help celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary – as Norma’s wedding dress on display in The People’s Republic gallery!

The couple were married 50 years ago on 5 June, 1965 at County Road Methodist Church, Walton.

They had met two years earlier at a dance in the Mersey Mission to Seamen. Read more…

HMT Lancastria remembered 75 years on

8 June 2015 by Jen

HMT Lancastria in World War Two.  © IWM (N 375)

HMT Lancastria in World War Two. © IWM (N 375)

Of the many losses suffered by the Royal and Merchant Navies in the Second World War there is one which stands out for the sheer scale of the loss of life involved. The sinking of the HMT Lancastria is one of Britain’s worst Maritime disasters; she sank in less than twenty minutes, following a bombing attack, with the staggering loss of several thousand lives.
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