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Book sale bargains

3 January 2013 by Karen

A brightly coloured teaset

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…

Object Detectives

19 November 2010 by Eleanor

My name is Ellie and I am a new addition at the National Conservation Centre in Liverpool.  I am here on a year long internship in Objects Conservation and Public Engagement, funded by ICON (Institute of Conservation) and the Heritage Lottery Fund

While I am here I will post regular updates on the blog to provide a glimpse of what is happening behind-the-scenes at the National Conservation Centre, as conservators look after and investigate fascinating objects from the collection. Read more…

Egyptology Freshers Visit

22 October 2010 by Ashley Cooke

Yesterday morning there were 15 eager first year Egyptology students waiting outside the museum doors in the pouring rain. They were here for a museum class translating inscriptions in the Ancient Egypt gallery, all done early in the morning before the museum opens to the public. The group had an hour to make their way round the gallery and translate hieroglyphic inscriptions on a varity of artefacts – wooden coffins and stone stela. Some had to crawl on the floor to read the very bottom lines of text on the coffins. Read more…

Snorri the Viking kicks off Festival of British Archaeology

9 July 2010 by Lynn

Photo of Helen with Snorri

Helen with Snorri the viking and friends

Helen Gornall tells us about the upcoming festival and a visit from Snorri the Viking!


Festival of British Archaeology – 17 July until 1 August 2010

The Festival of British Archaeology is here again and the Weston Discovery Centre (WDC) at the World Museum is leading the way with two weeks of fun-filled activities! The Festival is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and is designed to showcase the very best of British Archaeology – which of course the WDC uses to showcase the very best of our archaeological collections! Read more…

Spring Public Lecture Series

12 May 2010 by Kay C

Picture of Toxteth Deer Park

I can’t believe our Spring Public Lecture Series is concluding tomorrow, Thursday – the weeks have flown by and the talks have been fascinating.

Our topics this week are, at 2pm, Beautiful Toxteth – The Unusually Royal History of Toxteth Deer Park by Dr Clemency Fisher, who will be revealing the beauty of Toxteth and discussing a couple of Toxtethian zoological riddles, including the identity of some very rare cows. This is followed by, at 2.25pm, Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval excavations at the M62 Tarbock Interchange, 2007. As is the case of many in Liverpool, I travel regularly on the M62, so I’m sure future trips will take on added meaning after tomorrow!
The Public Lectures are held in the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, from 2pm. Read more…

History of World Museum Liverpool

6 May 2010 by Kay C

Thursday 6 May is the day people have been talking about all across Liverpool: it’s the day our public lecture series features the history of World Museum Liverpool.

Liverpool’s Museum – The First 150 Years is the first of three great talks lined up for this afternoon’s session. Presented by our Executive Director of Collections, John Millard, the event starts at 2pm in the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, and is part of our celebrations in the museum’s 150th anniversary year. Read more…

Something for Thursdays

21 April 2010 by Kay C

Thursday afternoons are never going to be the same again…

I am really excited about our new Spring 2010 Public Lecture Series, which kicks off tomorrow (April 22). It’s being held at the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, and features a selection of subjects from our museums and galleries’ collections and exhibitions, from archaeology to contemporary slavery.

For the next four Thursdays, our curators will be talking about some of the fascinating things they have researched. Read more…

The Liverpool Ivories

25 February 2010 by Ashley Cooke

photograph of a carved ivory panel

Last week I went to Germany accompanying one of the many national treasures that are held by World Museum. We are fortunate to hold one of the greatest collections of ancient ivory carvings in this country. The Liverpool ivories are internationally known and admired, and are frequently requested for loan by other museums. They have been key pieces in many international exhibitions bringing to life the fascinating history and art of the Byzantine empire.

In the 4th to 6th centuries AD ivory panels were carved with intricate images and hinged together to form a diptych, which could close together rather like a cigarette case. They were made for the elite to celebrate important events such as games marking the attainment of high office.

The Venatio Ivory is the left panel of a diptych with a carved representation of an elk fight (venatio is Latin for ‘hunt’). Wild beasts were hunted as a form of entertainment in amphitheatres such as the Colosseum in Rome. It will be great for people to see this object in context with so many similar artefacts and alongside a huge model of an amphitheatre.  Read more…

Ancient Greece at the World Museum

11 February 2010 by Lisa

It may still be freezing outside, but here at the museum one of our curators has been occupied with thoughts of sunnier climes – Greece to be exact! Here’s our Curator of Classical and European Antiquities, Gina Muskett, to tell us more…


Curators putting objects into a case

Careful with that pot!

Visitors to the third floor of World Museum will see a change – a brand-new display of Greek objects. Lots of people – not just me – have been working on this display, and it’s taken us less than a year to get ready, from start to finish. Above you can see a photo showing two of us arranging the objects in one of the cases. It takes a lot of time to get things just right and, of course, we have to handle the objects with great care – the pot we’re putting into position is about 2,500 years old. Read more…

Hittite axe mould discovered

8 October 2009 by Karen

Françoise Chircop Rutland of the University of Liverpool, who is doing her PhD on NML Hittite collections, asked Annemarie Le Pensèe in Conservation Technologies to scan a mysterious mould from an excavation by Professor Garstang in 1907 to 1911 at Sakje Gözü, southern Turkey.  Making a computer positive from the scanned negative it turns out to be a mould for a type of axe known in Middle to Late Bronze Age Egypt – between 1300BC and 1180BC. Read more…