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The end of Pompeii

23 August 2013 by Gina

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Let’s go back in time to 23rd August AD 79, to a little town on the Bay of Naples called Pompeii. Little did the inhabitants know that their world was going to be torn apart, quite literally, the following day when Mount Vesuvius, the volcano which overlooks the Bay of Naples, erupted. Read more…

A stitch in time

16 August 2013 by Gina

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What do you think this little box was used for? The box is part of the fantastic Anglo-Saxon collection at World Museum, which I’m lucky enough to curate.

Here are a couple of clues:

The box once belonged to a woman who lived in Kent in the 6th or 7th century, and it was found in her grave.

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Upcoming community excavation

2 August 2013 by Sam Rowe

Volunteers on a Rainford's Roots excavation

Volunteers on a Rainford’s Roots excavation

The Rainford’s Roots project has just finished its programme of events for the Festival of Archaeology 2013, and is now preparing for its next community dig this August in Rainford, St Helens.

From 15-22 August the project will be at Rainford Library on Church Road, Rainford. A team of archaeologists and volunteers will be exploring the former site of a clay tobacco pipe shop which once stood on the site. This workshop was one of a number in operation in Rainford in the 19th century, producing tobacco pipes that were traded far and wide. The excavation will explore the history of the site and the team expect to uncover objects that were being manufactured and used in Rainford over 100 years ago. Read more…

Help an archaeologist!

25 July 2013 by Sam

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Kerry processing finds from the Rainford’s Roots project

Here’s an update from Kerry Massheder, Community Archaeology Trainee, on this week’s events at the Museum of Liverpool:

“Yesterday Clare Ahmed, Archaeological Project Officer, and I ran the first of two  ‘Help an Archaeologist’ sessions this week. The interactive family sessions are being held as part of the Festival of Archaeology events at the Museum of Liverpool.

We had a really busy afternoon with lots of children and their families taking part in different hands-on activities, including a handling session involving Roman artefacts, sorting Post-Medieval finds, drawing, weighing and describing Roman and Post-Medieval finds to record them and helping on a simulated dig. We also had a number of craft activities including colouring sheets, worksheets, cutting and glueing tasks and quizzes. Read more…

Rainford’s Roots – community archaeology events

18 July 2013 by Sam Rowe

woman with a display stand with lots of archaeology info and pictures

Kerry, Community Archaeology Trainee, at Rainford Summer Festival

The Rainford’s Roots project is very busy this month, running a number of events in Liverpool and Rainford as part of the Festival of Archaeology 2013, 13 to 28 July 2013.

Rainford’s Roots is a community archaeology project, run by the Merseyside Archaeological Society and National Museums Liverpool, to explore the industrial heritage of Rainford village near St Helens. The project aims to widen participation and dissemination of community archaeology in the region. Read more…

Festival of Archaeology 2013

12 July 2013 by Liz

museum display of archaeological finds

Rainford’s Roots display

The Festival of Archaeology begins tomorrow some great free events for budding archaeologists of all ages. Come along to the Museum of Liverpool and World Museum to explore our archaeology collections with us during the Festival, 13 to 28 July 2013.

At Museum of Liverpool there are two special displays of recent finds: one from the internationally-important Mesolithic site at Lunt Meadows, Sefton; one from the community archaeology excavation at Rainford, St Helens. Read more…

Do you remember Liverpool’s courts?

21 June 2013 by Liz

court housing reconstruction in the museum

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If you’ve visited the Museum of Liverpool you might have seen the court in The People’s Republic gallery.  This reconstruction represents a standard housing type in Liverpool from the early 18th to the mid 20th centuries.

Small back-to-back houses densely packed around courtyards formed the homes of tens of thousands of people.  Without adequate water supply or drainage in many areas they became ‘slums’.  From the early 20th century programmes to clear them and replace them with better quality housing with improved facilities benefited communities across the city. Read more…

Talking the talk, walking the walk

14 June 2013 by Richard

cutting the ribbon at the start of the Walk for Freedom

2013 Walk for Freedom

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It has been a varied month since my last blog.  It was a pleasure welcoming Garvin Nicholas, the High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago at the end of May for a tour of the International Slavery Museum (ISM).  My colleague James Hernandez came along to meet the delegation, a nice dimension was that he has Trinidadian roots.  As part of the tour we went into the Anthony Walker Education Centre which among other things has a display of Caribbean flags, except, quelle surprise, Trinidad and Tobago.  The High Commissioner kindly offered to send the Museum a flag for our collection.  He was very impressed with the Museum, especially the inclusion on our Black Achievers Wall of a number of Trinidadians & Tobagonians such as Lord Learie Constantine, Dr Roi Kwabena and CLR James. Read more…

Two tonnes of pots to wash

11 June 2013 by Lucy

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Volunteers who helped wash two tonnes of excavated pottery.

At the end of March, the Museum of Liverpool’s Field Archaeology Unit spent two weeks excavating a site in Rainford. Rainford Tennis Club, which plans to build new courts on the site, funded the excavations prompted by the discovery of large quantities of 17th century pottery when the old tennis courts were excavated in the late 1970s.

The excavation found ditches marking the line of field boundaries, which the team of archaeologists knew to have gone out of use in the early 19th century. This was discovered by overlaying the map of the ditches onto a similar map of the area from approximately 1850, which does not display the boundaries, indicating that they had been filled in by that time. Read more…

Book sale bargains

3 January 2013 by Karen

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A divine Clarice Cliff ‘tea for two’ set from Age of Jazz.

As January is synonymous with sales and spring cleaning we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone and have a bit of a clear out in our book warehouse. So if you fancy bagging yourself a bargain then check out the offers on our online shop.

It’s an eclectic selection and there are some great books, my personal favourites being ‘When Time Began to Rant and Rage…’ which is a fab book of Irish figurative work and totally worth a fiver, Age of Jazz: British Arts Deco Ceramics as I’m a sucker for a deco teaset, and British Watercolours and Drawings from the Lady Lever’s collection.

If you’ve still not got a John Moores catalogue then now is the time to buy one as they’re reduced to £7.50. And if you buy it from the Walker shop you get the John Moores China version for free. Read more…