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Time capsule discovery – a glimpse of Liverpool life, 1856

29 June 2015 by Andrew

Kay Jones, Curator of Urban Community History at the Museum of Liverpool, blogs about a time capsule recently acquired by the museum that is on display until 27 July 2015, as part of the Festival of Archaeology.

Contents of the time capsule donated to the Museum of Liverpool.

Contents of the time capsule donated to the Museum of Liverpool.

“This intriguing time capsule was recently unearthed by builder John Connell during renovation work at the ‘Scandinavian Hotel’ on the corner of Nelson Street in the city centre. Developer, Downing converted the building into student accommodation, The Arch, after it lay derelict for many years.

The building was originally constructed as a workshop, warehouse and showroom for Abbott’s Cabinet Makers. The foundation stone, embedded with the time capsule, was laid on Tuesday 9 December, 1856 by the owner Samuel Abbott Esquire. Several members of the Abbott family, along with Henry Summers, Architect and Jones and Co., builders were also present.  Read more…

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…

A helping hand for Cheshire archaeology

7 May 2015 by Liz

Roman patera handle

Roman patera handle

The Museum of Liverpool hosts the regional Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). This is a Department for Culture, Media and Sport-funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

Currently we have over a million objects recorded on the database, 13,529 of which have been recorded by Finds Liaison Officers at Museum of Liverpool. Read more…

Caldies Big Dig – an update from the park

4 May 2015 by Andrew

Volunteers begin work on the dig at Calderstones Park

Jeff Speakman, Assistant Curator of Regional Archaeology working with Calderstones Big Dig volunteers.

Liz Stewart, Curator of Archaeology and the Historic Environment and the archaeology team from the Museum of Liverpool are currently out on site at Calderstones Park, working with local people to investigate the park’s history through a series of excavations. This community archaeology project is part of ‘Connect at Calderstones’, an HLF-funded project run by The Reader Organisation, who have their HQ at Calderstones Mansion in the heart of the park.

“Around 30 people have tried their hand at digging, so far they’ve found garden features, pottery, metalwork and building material. The finds are relatively modern, the oldest being 18th century pottery.  As the archaeological investigation progresses we might happen upon more remains associated with the era of the Mansion House’s construction in the 1820s, such as the farmhouse which pre-dated it on a nearby site, or possibly even the longer history of the area back to prehistory. It’s always great fun working with new people and providing an opportunity for them to try their hand at archaeology.  Read more…

Caldies Big Dig

7 April 2015 by Liz

Calderstones Mansion House

Calderstones Mansion House

The Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists are busy preparing for our next dig, and this one’s a ‘big dig’ at Calderstones Park!

We’re working with The Reader Organisation to run a community dig, giving local people the chance to try their hand at archaeology and help investigate the long history of Calderstones Park. Read more…

Archaeology at the Atkinson

18 February 2015 by Liz

Lunt at the Atkinson

The display features a number of finds excavated at Lunt as well as other local evidence such as the Formby footprints

Today we have a guest blog from Ron Cowell, Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology, Museum of Liverpool:

“The latest exhibition at the Atkinson Museum, Southport features finds from Museum of Liverpool’s regional archaeology collection. Between Land and Sea- 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast opened on Friday 13 February displaying finds from Lunt Meadows. Read more…

Archaeology goes romantic for Valentine’s Day

12 February 2015 by Liz

Cuff link 1

Today we have a guest blog from Vanessa Oakden, Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

In our new Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) display at the Museum of Liverpool you can now see some disclaimed treasure items which have been kindly lent by their finders. These finds have a romantic Valentine’s Day theme. Read more…

Young Archaeologists in action

26 January 2015 by Liz

Young archaeologist washes finds on site in Rainford

Young archaeologist washes finds on site in Rainford

The Museum of Liverpool hosts the Mersey and Dee branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. The club is open to anyone aged 8-17 who fancies learning a bit more about the past and the work of archaeologists. Read more…

Liverpool’s anniversaries in 2015

15 January 2015 by Liz

dock wall excavation

The structure of the dock wall was revealed during excavations in advance of construction of the Liverpool One shopping centre

As we move into a new year I often think about the events which will shape the year. What will 2015 bring for me, for my family and friends, for Liverpool, and around the world?

In the past, years ending with ‘-15′ have sometimes incorporated momentous occasions for Liverpool, so we mark several centenaries this year. 1715 is probably the most significant and celebrated of these – the year that Liverpool’s first dock opened. Read more…

Studying the Vikings

24 November 2014 by Liz

looking at the hoard

Each year the Huxley Hoard of Viking Silver makes a special outing from its display case to be studied by students from the University of Liverpool’s Irish Studies department. Read more…

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