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Penny Lane and the legacies of slavery

7 October 2014 by Sam

Penny Lane street sign in Liverpool

Kayleigh, a third year history student at Liverpool University who has a keen interest in slavery studies and African history, has written this guest blog post for Black History Month.

There is currently a series of free seminars at the Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the University of Liverpool, including several for Black History Month. You can also get involved in a number of free Black History Month talks and events at the International Slavery Museum and Museum of Liverpool throughout October.

“Though the mentioning of Penny Lane usually brings up thoughts of The Beatles, the famous street in suburban Liverpool has a lesser known history. It is believed to have been named after James Penny, an eighteenth century slave ship owner, merchant, and prominent anti-abolitionist. Read more…

A Hard Day’s Night – Hello Goodbye

9 July 2014 by Sam

two grey Beatles suits displayed on mannequins

Paul and George’s suits on display in the Wondrous Place gallery

This week it’s the anniversary of one of the last visits that The Beatles made to their home town – an exciting moment at the height of ‘Beatlemania’ that you can relive in our gallery, as Paul Gallagher, Acting Senior Curator of Urban History at the Museum of Liverpool, explains:

“It was 50 years ago, on 10 July 1964, that the Beatles swept into Liverpool for the northern premiere of their groundbreaking film A Hard Day’s Night.

What a homecoming it was too. John, Paul, George and Ringo flew into Speke Airport and were met by more than 3000 screaming local fans. They were then whisked off in a police motorcade to a civic reception at Liverpool Town Hall, with an estimated 200,000 people – roughly a quarter of the city’s population – lining the route.  Read more…

Waves on the Mersey

15 February 2013 by Lucy

image of a giant radio

The Waves on the Mersey team with the giant radio located at the Museum of Liverpool

Hurrah for half term! Aside from all the great half term events that are taking place at our venues next week, we are also set for some radio interference across the city from 18 – 22 February.

Waves on the Mersey is a project that has been created by Open the Door Theatre in Education, who are bringing five giant radios into the city to broadcast documentaries about major historical events that have shaped Liverpool’s history.

The documentaries have been created by young people between the ages of 14 and 21, who have researched, interviewed and devised radio shows and plays on each topic. They have also decorated the radios, which will be located at five locations around the city, broadcasting a different documentary every day. Read more…

Concert for George

22 November 2012 by Lucy

Press Office Volunteer Louise Beard writes:


Next Thursday will be the 11th anniversary of Liverpool legend, George Harrison, passing away. To mark this event Concert for George will be shown in the new theatre at the Museum of Liverpool. The screening is particularly special because it’s the first event to take place in the theatre; the fact that the first event is a concert dedicated to one of Liverpool’s best loved musicians has lovely symmetry with the Museum of Liverpool’s commitment to reflecting the city’s global significance.  Read more…

Music Matters

13 April 2011 by Lucy

Our press office volunteer Jack is back again, with his musings about collecting popular music…beyond the museum.


A Beatles-inspired lunchbox

One of the many collectables people may have associated with popular music

Collecting tickets from music concerts is an age old custom amongst many people including myself, in order to preserve the memory of the occasion or simply to say ‘I was there’. This in itself is nothing extraordinary. The question, however, is how significant these physical remnants are in relation to the music itself and why we, as music lovers, conserve them. How do we treat these objects, both personally and through our museums? Is it all about the music or are the relative keepsakes just as important? Read more…

The Stage is Set

19 January 2010 by Lucy

Picture of stage

St Peter’s Church Hall Stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney met in 1957

As we highlighted on yesterday’s blog, National Museums Liverpool is part of 350 museums and institutions across the country to have teamed up with the BBC for A History of the World project.

The BBC revealed yesterday a list of 10 objects chosen to tell a history of Merseyside and its place in the world. Five of these objects are part of National Museums Liverpool’s collection, and each will be featured on BBC Radio Merseyside over the next two weeks. Read more…

Liam receives his v50 certificate

6 October 2009 by Sam

two people holding a certificate

Curator Kay Jones presented Liam with his v50 certificate

Liam Physick, a student at Liverpool University and one of our fantastic youth volunteers, has recently achieved his v50 Award for volunteering for 50 hours for the Museum of Liverpool’s urban history department. Liam did a fantastic job of logging 5,605 comment cards from The Beat Goes On exhibition, which asked for visitors’ Liverpool music memories. The responses will be used in research at the University of Liverpool. Liam says,


“The project developed my IT skills and taught me how to log records. It was very interesting to read people’s experiences. One woman claimed that her husband had been the man who discovered The Beatles. It has clearly shown that people inside and outside Liverpool are fascinated by the city’s musical heritage. Visitors came from all over the world including Malaysia, America, the Bahamas and Romania.”
Read more…

Final encore for music exhibition

1 October 2009 by Karen

Guitar-shaped entrance in a gallery

Alas, unlike the beat itself, this exhibition doesn’t go on and on. We’re into the final weeks of World Museum’s The Beat Goes On exhibition and what a tune-tastic time we’ve had.

Paul McCartney’s trousers made a visit as did half a million members of the public. Local bands had their tunes profiled in our on-gallery and online jukeboxes (check out the MySpace page and have a listen). Willing volunteers cut their museum teeth on the gallery, and we launched an online resource charting Liverpool’s musical heritage. Read more…

Can’t buy me love

11 September 2009 by Dawn

Money can’t buy love but who cares when you can go out any buy the latest line of Beatle merchandise. Beatlemania is back and this time it means business – big business!  Remastered versions of each of the albums have been released and are expected to dominate the charts for the next few weeks. And there’s two enviable box sets – one limited edition remastered in mono, the other in stereo.They were released on 09.09.09 – most auspicious because of John’s obsession with the number 9.  Read more…

A Les Paul called Lucy

14 August 2009 by Dawn

A guitar shaped cut-out in an exhibition wall

I wanted to write something in tribute to Les Paul who died yesterday at the age of 94. Les Paul was a jazz musician who persuaded guitar maker Gibson to create a solid-bodied electric guitar. He’d already cobbled together such a guitar from a railway sleeper and a couple of pick-ups, but when Gibson refined ‘The Log’, the Gibson Les Paul was born. The Gibson Les Paul is an iconic guitar played by some of the most innovative rock guitarists the world has ever seen. Pete Townsend, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Slash to name but a few. 

I visited The Beat Goes On exhibition at World Museum to see if any trace of Les Paul’s influence could be found, and although there aren’t any Les Pauls in the exhibition I did find this rather familiar walk-through! (I should mention there are several other splendid guitars such as Will Sergeant’s customised Telecaster and one owned by Billy Fury). Perhaps I should have also looked in the recording section because Les Paul also developed revolutionary multi-tracking techniques, but that is another story. Read more…

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