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Reflecting on the Jubilee: West African Portrait Figures of Queen Victoria

1 June 2012 by Lisa

Did you know that we have quite a few regal objects at World Museum? We started thinking about our royalty-related artefacts this week in the run up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and we thought we’d share a couple of them with you.

Both these carvings are on display in the World Cultures gallery in the World Museum, so why not come along and see them this weekend as an alternative to all that bunting!

Here’s our Curator of African Collections, Zachary Kingdon to tell us more about them… Read more…

West African Donors to World Museum

19 April 2012 by Alison

Did you know that almost eighty Africans are known to have donated more than 500 objects to World Museum. Their donations helped to create one of the most important historical collections of African cultural artefacts in Britain.

A new display at World Museum shows photographic portraits of some of the West Africans who made donations to the museum between 1897 and 1916.

Most of them were taken by West African photographers. All the donors were friends or contacts of Arnold Ridyard, the steamship engineer who transported their gifts to Liverpool. Read more…

Mysteries of the Codex to be revealed

28 March 2012 by Alison

One of World Museum’s most prized objects, a rare Mexican deer skin book more than 800 years old, has been investigated by a team of Italian scientists to reveal its secrets.

As well as being the museum’s treasures it is also considered one of the world’s greatest treasures. The priceless object even took pride of place in the Royal Adademy’s ‘AZTECS’ exhibition in 2002.

The Codex Fejérvary-Mayer dates back to AD 1200-1521 and is an illustrated, painted book. Codices were written in pictograms, rather than words derived from an alphabet.  Histories, genealogies and tribute economies were recorded in the pages. They served both educational and ritual proposes and at the same time, they were objects of great cultural, literary and artistic value. Read more…

The Turner Brothers

21 March 2012 by Lucy

This is our second blog post in a series leading up to our World War One Family History Day at the Museum of Liverpool this Saturday, 24 March. Today, we look at the story of the Turner Brothers, William and Fred.

Soldiers from the Liverpool Scottish Battalion

William and Fred Turner signed up as Officers to the Liverpool Scottish Battalion. William can be seen here on the far right.

Lieutenants William and Fred Turner were born in Ullet Road, Liverpool, to parents Jessie and William. Both attended the local Greenbank School, and went on to become successful sportsmen in cricket, rugby and football at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire before following in their father’s footsteps and joining the printing firm Turner & Dunnett, of which their father was Senior Partner.
The boys were among the first to ‘sign up’ and both joined the Liverpool Scottish Battalion as officers. Read more…

David Jones – Victoria Cross Hero

20 March 2012 by Lucy

Image of David Jones, VC

David Jones was awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery

In the run up to our First World War Family History Day at the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday, we’ll be sharing a few stories from our collection about soldiers who fought in World War I.

Today’s story is about David Jones, VC.

David Jones, from Smithdown Lane in Edge Hill, enlisted in 1915 and was soon promoted to Sergeant.

Read more…

These are a few of my favourite things – 2

13 March 2012 by Laura C

Here, Laura Cox, Visitor Assistant at the Museum of Liverpool shares the next of her favourite things.


Laura stands next to the Punch and Judy show

Laura at the Museum of Liverpool life, by the Punch and Judy display

My second favourite object in the Museum of Liverpool is situated in the Wondrous Place galley, it’s a whole case dedicated to Codman’s Punch and Judy. The case contains a Punch, a Judy, a Crocodile and perhaps even a sneaky clown who goes by the name of Joey.

The family run Codman’s Punch and Judy show used to take place at Lime Street and then later at Williamson Square, pictures around the case show crowds of people watching a show. These shows were way before my time, we’re talking the 1800’s here, so you may be wondering why it’s one of my favourite things in the museum… Well, Codman’s Punch and Judy holds a very special place in my heart and as soon as I set eyes on it in the new museum the memories came flooding back. Read more…

‘Perfect chemistry’ for new coral display

8 July 2011 by Lisa

We always like to let you know when we get some new additions to the World Museum, so here’s our Aquarium Manager Paul Tyson to tell us about his latest news:


Coral display

On 15 July, we will be welcoming 100 guests for a special evening event at World Museum. Members of the marine hobbyist forum ‘Salty Box’ will be coming to donate coral fragments to the aquarium for the newly built coral propagation unit.

The unit involves the latest lighting and filtration methods utilising natural ecosystems to maintain perfect water chemistry for these delicate animals to grow. In return the Salty Box members will be given exclusive access to the aquarium and a tour behind the scenes. Read more…

A Mummy Cat’s Tale

10 June 2011 by Ashley Cooke

head of a cat mummy

Head of a mummified cat about 2000 years old

 

I’ve just given a tour of the Ancient Egypt gallery at World Museum for a group of 30 Egyptology enthusiasts from the University of the Third Age. They were impressed with our display of animal mummies but were shocked to hear of a grizzly tale involving cat mummies being scattered over the fields of Liverpool. On 10th February 1890 an estimated 180,000 mummified cats, weighing 19.5 tons, were sold at auction at the docks in Liverpool. Almost all were crushed and spread on fields like manure but a few were saved and remain in World Museum. They were discovered the previous year at Speos Artemidos in Middle Egypt, when a farmer fell through a hole into a catacomb completely filled with cat mummies. Read more…

A special bit of knitting…

10 June 2011 by Lisa

Where has the sun gone?! Everytime I get my sunglasses out, it seems to get colder and start to rain!

Knitted stockings

Knitted stockings: maybe a bit itchy?

Luckily it is Knitting in Public Day on Saturday (11 June), so I’m hoping that some of the World Museum staff taking part might make me something nice and warm! If you’d like to join them for a bit of furious needle action, then pop in from 2.30pm – there’s more information in our ‘what’s on’ listings. Read more…

Get snappy!

23 May 2011 by Lucy

Photographer Mark McNulty has been sending us some photos of the new Museum of Liverpool, from angles we haven’t seen before.

He was able to get this shot of the Museum and two of National Museums Liverpool’s historic ships in dry dock: the three-masted schooner De Wadden, and the pilot boat Edmund Gardner.

Photo of the Museum of Liverpool

Image taken by Liverpool photographer Mark McNulty of the Museum of Liverpool with De Wadden and Edmund Gardner historic ships. (c) Mark McNulty

Have you got any great pics of the Museum of Liverpool? If so, why not have a go at uploading them onto our flickr site? Read more…

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