Posts tagged with 'collections'
28 January 2011 by Eleanor
Now that I have completed the first quarter of my ICON and Heritage Lottery Funded internship in Objects Conservation and Public Engagement at the National Conservation Centre, I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite bits so far!
Last October I started conserving a nineteenth century ceramic Wall Sconce. “Wall Sconce?” I hear you cry? . . . A wall sconce is usually a bracket, or in this case a decorative ceramic plate with candle holders, which would have once been fixed to a wall to provide indoor lighting. They must have been a very useful item before the invention of the electric light-bulb. I have to say that when I first saw the Sconce, covered with bright and colourful floral designs, it certainly wasn’t to my taste! But nevertheless my duty of care and curiosity quickly dismissed my initial dislike of the sickly design, and with the help of the Ceramics and Glass Conservator at the National Conservation Centre I began proposing a conservation treatment plan. The plan was to carefully clean away thick black surface dirt which covered the ceramic surface and also to create a removable plaster fill, to complete a large v-shaped chip which was missing from one of the Sconce’s candle holders. Read more…
22 December 2010 by Eleanor
Last Friday was a sad day at the National Conservation Centre as the doors closed to visitors for the last time. However, yesterday brought with it a silver lining, as we relocated our conservation themed event ‘Crystal Magic’ over to the Clore Natural History Centre at World Museum.
The event was buzzing and despite the icy conditions outside, over seventy people attended the afternoon event. ‘Salty’ our magical crystal growing snowman stole the show, as he busied away growing snow-like crystals. He even let us borrow a few to look at more closely. With our video microscope having also made the transition from the National Conservation Centre over to World Museum, we were able to examine crystals up close and discovered all kinds of beautiful colours, shapes and patterns. Read more…
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…
13 October 2010 by Lisa
Our 150th birthday weekend is drawing closer… here is our World Museum fact for the day in our daily countdown to all the celebrations:
Did you know… that in 1867 a large number of collection items were handed over to the museum by the collector Joseph Mayer. This haul of treasures included the ‘Kingston Brooch’ which dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. This item is currently on display in the Ancient World area of the museum.
10 August 2010 by Sam
This bracelet may look like a beautiful piece of jewellery but the story behind it is much less attractive. Curator of transatlantic slavery Rebecca Watkin explains:
“The International Slavery Museum team have recently displayed two ankle bracelets which have been donated by Anti-Slavery International. One of the ankle bracelets was ‘worn’ by a young girl in Niger who was subjected to a form of descent based slavery.
Descent based slavery occurs in some countries where people are either born into or are from a group that society views as suited for being used as slave labour. People from this group are not allowed to own land or inherit property and denied an education, a status which is carried from one generation to the next.
The bracelets represent the importance of the museum’s work in developing its collections in this area and campaigning on the issue. The team felt it was important to display the ankle bracelets with the personal stories, which really challenge the visitor who believes slavery to be an issue of the past and not of the present. Read more…
To mark the publication of Hitched: Wedding Clothes in National Museums Liverpool, we’re giving away a couple of free copies. The book features 13 wedding garments from our collections, ranging from cute 19 century pageboy’s outfits to a 1970s knitted wedding dress, alongside the more familiar white floaty creations.
To be in with a chance of winning a copy you need to tell us your wedding story. It might be a wedding you attended or your own big day. It might be funny or a horror story. Did you walk up the aisle with your dress tucked in your knickers? Did you fall onto the wedding cake? Was the best man’s speech a shocker? We want to know (providing they’re clean). Read more…
4 June 2010 by Lisa
This week in our celebration of the World Museum’s 150th anniversary we have a blog from Curator of Antiquities, Gina Muskett. Gina is passionate about the objects in the museum’s classical and European collections – here she is to tell us about one of her favourite pieces…
I was really pleased that the ‘Kingston Brooch’, one of the objects I curate, was chosen to represent one of the ‘big dates’ in the 150 years since the museum was founded – 1867, when Joseph Mayer presented most of his collection to the museum. You can read more about Joseph Mayer here. Read more…
21 May 2010 by Lisa
Today we’re looking back to 21 May 1957 for our celebration of the World Museum’s 150th year.
On this day in history, our Titanic model set off from the museum for Pinewood studios to star in the film ‘A Night to Remember’. The model is now on show at the Merseyside Maritime Museum where its label says:
This is the unique, full builder’s model of Olympic/Titanic. It was built at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast at the same time as the sister ships concerned. Originally named Olympic, it was used by White Star to advertise both ships. After the Titanic disaster the model was altered to represent Britannic, the third ship of the class, which was sunk while serving as a hospital ship during the First World War. Read more…
13 May 2010 by Lisa
When Barnum and Bailey Circus was in Liverpool between 2 and 21 May 1898, James Bailey decided that Don Pedro, a male Indian elephant, must be ‘euthanised’ because he was aggressive. The director of the Liverpool Museum attended the killing on 15 May. The corpse of Don Pedro was transported to the museum where he remained on show until 1941 when the museum was bombed and Don Pedro’s body was destroyed.
The Liverpool Echo told the story:
‘Don, the second largest elephant of the Barnum and Bailey herd and a beautiful ‘tusker’, was quietly put to death in the menagerie pavilion of the bug show at Newsham Park yesterday morning… Read more…