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Meet the Egyptians: Horwennefer’s coffin

27 October 2016 by Lisa


Horwennefer’s coffin lid before treatment.

Building works have now begun on an exciting new project to develop our ancient Egypt gallery, enabling us to tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its world-renowned ancient Egyptian collection.  The re-development will allow us to increase the number of the objects on display and tell more stories, while also creating better conditions for the collections.

While the gallery is closed, conservators are working hard to get our Egyptian objects ready to go back on display. Here, conservator Tania Desloge tells us how they are getting on:  Read more…

Snakes mummy revealed

14 October 2016 by Ashley Cooke

A bundle of mummified snakes wrapped in linen bandages.

Object no. M13645 – a bundle of mummified snakes, date uncertain (c. 600 BC – AD 200). Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867.

It’s been a busy week in the run up to opening Animal Mummies Revealed, but somehow we managed to fit in X-raying seven animal mummies.

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Lady Hamilton restored and rediscovered

30 March 2016 by David Crombie

Lady Hamilton's face

Detail of Lady Hamilton’s face from the painting, after conservation.

In summer 2015 Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s painting Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante from the Lady Lever Art Gallery was conserved by Kristina Mandy. Kristina joined National Museums Liverpool as a paintings conservator on a six month contract from May to November 2015. She describes her work on the painting, which you can now see back on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery:

“During my contract at National Museums Liverpool I had the fantastic opportunity to conserve this beautiful portrait of Lady Hamilton from the early 1790s. Read more…

And the winner is… Tramcar 245!

22 January 2016 by Sharon

people holding a 'Tram of the Year' sign by Tramcar 245

Keith Carmichael, Ron Martin and Rob Jones from MTPS and Sharon Brown from the Museum of Liverpool celebrate winning Tram of the Year

Hurrah! The Museum of Liverpool’s Tramcar 245 has been voted ‘Tram of the Year (Traditional)’ by the British Trams Online website.

We know its not the Oscars but this award, voted for by the public, is great recognition for the work done by the members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) on our wonderful tram.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran for six years and the majority of work was done by a group of dedicated volunteers from MTPS with support from the Museum of Liverpool and Wirral Borough Council.

Tramcar 245 received 41% of the vote, beating trams from Blackpool, Bury and London. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, your support is much appreciated.  Read more…

Vote for Tramcar 245 as Tram of the Year!

10 December 2015 by Sharon


The restored Tramcar 245 at Birkenhead Heritage Tramway

The restoration of Tramcar 245 has been recognised by British Trams Online and our wonderful tram is in the running for their award of Best Tram (Traditional) for 2015. But it needs your votes to win.

Please vote for Tramcar 245. Voting closes mid-January 2016.

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Large Mason Bee stamp

4 November 2015 by Paula

Female Large Mason Bee

Female Large Mason Bee

Carl Clee, an Honorary Curator at World Museum, has been coming into the museum most Tuesday’s and Thursdays for the last 25 years, or so. Carl  re-discovered the Large Mason Bee in the UK in 1998. It was previously thought to be extinct and we have been studying its ecology and promoting its conservation management for the last 15 years. Here Carl tells us about this fascinating bee: Read more…

The Truly scary thing about bats!

30 October 2015 by Paula

Stevie the brown long eared bat

Stevie the brown long eared bat

Bats have a bad reputation and have long been associated with Vampires and Halloween but the really scary thing about bats, in our opinion, is that all bats in Britain are endangered species. This means that they are protected by law, and it’s illegal to disturb a bat or its roost, except if you find an injured bat and need to bring it in for veterinary care.

Laura Carter, an Education Demonstrator at World Museum is a volunteer bat carer with the Bat Conservation Trust and here she tells us about some of her charges: Read more…

Tramcar 245 is launched!

18 September 2015 by Sharon

historic tram running on a tramline in Birkenhead

Tramcar 245 looking fantastic after restoration

As Curator of the Transport Collection at the Museum of Liverpool I work with a fantastic collection of vehicles, and over the years I have worked with some very special groups of people associated with these vehicles.

I first met members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) about 18 years ago. Sitting on a restored tram at the Wirral Transport Museum they told me all about their work. I was really impressed by their skills and their enthusiasm for the work they did. When a request to restore Tramcar 245 came through from them a short while later I thought the tram couldn’t be in better hands.

Tramcar 245 has a special place in Liverpool’s transport story. Read more…

Dazzling tea cosies for the Edmund Gardner

3 September 2015 by Sam

colourful tea cosy in front of a ship painted with a similar pattern

Gina’s dazzle ship inspired tea cosy

This summer Chris Moseley, shipkeeping and models conservator, took over responsibility for the Edmund Gardner pilot ship – the largest item in our collections and probably the brightest since it was dazzled last year.

Along with 700 tons of ship he also inherited a couple of old tea pots and had a tea pot polishing competition with George, one of the volunteers on the ship. The results were so good that they decided they needed two new tea cosies, so they asked if National Museums Liverpool’s knitting group, the Knitwits, could help.

One of our knitters, Gina Couch, jumped at the chance to help, as she had a family connection to the Edmund Gardner. Her late brother Gerard, who was known as Sam by most people, worked for the Pilotage Service from 1949 to 1988, so he had worked on the Edmund Garner when it was used as a pilot vessel between 1953 and 1981.  Read more…

Tide predicting machines restored and re-displayed

26 August 2015 by Felicity

Test programming of the Roberts-Légé tide predicting machine (left to right: Steve Newman, Metals Conservation at National Museums Liverpool; Sylvia Asquith & Valerie Doodson (daughter-in-law of Arthur Doodson), both part of the original team of programmers of the machines, and Ian Vassie and Prof. Phil Woodworth, tidal scientists formerly working for the National Oceanographic Centre.

Test programming of the Roberts-Légé tide predicting machine (left to right: Steve Newman, Metals Conservation at National Museums Liverpool; Sylvia Asquith & Valerie Doodson (daughter-in-law of Arthur Doodson), both part of the original team of programmers of the machines, and Ian Vassie and Prof. Phil Woodworth, tidal scientists formerly working for the National Oceanographic Centre.

Restoring two of the most significant tide predicting machines ever built to their former working glory was a challenge recently undertaken by members of our conservation team. In this post, Steve Newman, head of metals conservation at National Museums Liverpool, talks us though the importance of the machines, which are now on display at the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) on Brownlow Street, part of the University of Liverpool campus. Read more…

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