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On this day in history… January 1966

4 January 2010 by Lisa

For the first of our series of ’On this day in history’ blogs to comemorate 150 years of the World Museum, we are looking to the memories of ex-staff member, (former Keeper) Eric Greenwood. Here he recalls an important time in the museum’s history after the destruction of the Second World War, when the museum was able to return to displaying treasured artefacts and hosting evening events…


Front of a museum with stone steps and columns.

The steps up to the old entrance to the museum.

I joined the staff of the then ‘City of Liverpool Museums’ on 1 January 1966. At that time only a temporary display in the Lower Horseshoe Gallery was open to the public.
 
In the following years the newly built ‘phase two block’ - situated behind the steps at the front of the museum in William Brown Street – was opened in stages. This was an exciting time as curators and public alike saw the museum’s treasures for the first time since the beginning of the second world war, 30 years earlier. Read more…

Happy Anniversary to the World Museum!

31 December 2009 by Lisa

Black and white photo of old museum interior.

The museum before it was bombed in the Second World War.

I know I’m a day early, but 2010 will mean a pretty important anniversary for us here at National Museums Liverpool. It will be the 150th Anniversary of William Brown handing over the keys for what was then the Liverpool museum, which we now all know and love as the World Museum.

To mark this anniversary we’re going to be featuring a year-long series of World Museum-related stories on this blog. There’ll be a story a week, with a mix of historical and contemporary pieces. We want to let you know all about the museum’s history but also give you a few behind the scenes peeks at the people, stories and events that make (and have made) this such a special museum. Read more…

Meteor shower tonight

13 December 2009 by Karen

This is a bit last minute, but a reminder to watch the skies tonight for the annual Geminids shower. You should be able to see the meteors between around 8 and 10pm in the UK. It should be a good view – just had a look outside and the sky is clear, plus being close to the new moon there’s not much moonlight. There’ll be about 100 meteors every hour which should be visible with the naked eye. It’s pretty chilly out there so if you’re venturing out wrap up warm. Read more…

December’s caption competition

9 December 2009 by Karen

Two gulls on top of a building

This month’s image is of two gulls sitting atop the Museum of Liverpool. All you have to do is come up with a suitably amusing caption and post your suggestion as a comment on this blog post. You can see a larger version of the photo in our Museum of Liverpool Flickr set.

The photo was taken by builds operations manager, Martin Hemmings, and was originally labelled ‘What’s a nice gull like you doing in a place like this?’, so avoid anything similar if you want a chance of winning the prize which is a signed copy of Alan Scarth’s rather excellent new book, ‘Titanic and Liverpool’. More on the book on the Daily Post blog. Read more…

Help us improve access for Disabled and Deaf people

26 November 2009 by Karen

Do you have a passion for museums and galleries?  Are you interested in helping us improve access to our venues for Disabled and Deaf people? 

If you are and you do have the time to commit to it, then National Museums Liverpool would love to hear from you.  We are looking for people who consider themselves to be disabled people to join our Museums Advisory Group.

You will be expected to attend up to 6 meetings in a year.  Members are reimbursed for access costs when attending meetings and receive an attendance allowance. A BSL interpreter is present at all meetings. Read more…

Mad about rays!

15 October 2009 by Lisa

Here is Laura Healy from our Development Office to tell us why she is mad about Thornback Rays and how you can support our RayWatch project to help protect them.


Woman surrounded by toy rays

Laura and her furry new friends

According to local anglers, October is the best month to find Thornback Rays in the River Mersey. One of the most popular animals on display at World Museum’s aquarium in Liverpool, they are also the focus of our new public appeal called RayWatch.  

We’re working with the Sharktrust to tag Thornback Rays in the Liverpool Bay area and monitor them in the wild. I work in the Development Office and volunteer in the aquarium so I’ve been making ‘Ray Champion’ packs and I’m currently on-call to go on an all-day tagging trip on the Mersey once the weather is right! Read more…

Ask the curator!

21 September 2009 by Lisa

Aquarium curator next to a tank of rays.

Aquarium Curator, Rachel Ball, in the aquarium.

Ever wondered what it’s like to handle ancient artefacts, care for unusual creatures or produce an exhibition of wonderful artworks?

If you have a question about our museums, galleries or collections then take part in Ask the curator, which gives you the chance to ask our featured curator anything you like.

Next in line to answer your questions is Aquarium Curator, Rachel Ball. Rachel looks after the collections in the World Museum’s aquarium, which is teeming with fish and other sea life from Australia to Anglesey. Read more…

Is your little one a Little Designer?

17 September 2009 by Lucy

Child drawing

Does your child have artistic flair? © Simon Webb

We’re currently working with Liverpool ECHO in the Community on a fantastic project for a class of under five-year-olds to have the chance to help develop the artwork for the dedicated children’s gallery in the new Museum of Liverpool.

Little Liverpool is a tailor-made gallery for children under six; a fantasy dreamscape where the youngest visitors will be able to relax, play and explore.

The Little Liverpool Designers competition is searching for a class from a Merseyside-based school to be appointed as designers, working with an artist to direct the final development of the artwork for the Little Liverpool gallery.

So, if you think your child has artistic flair and is within a class that you feel could win, encourage their teacher to enter the competition, and they could make their own historic and creative mark in the new museum!

Visit http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/community-projects for more info. The closing date is Thursday 24 September at 5pm, and the winning class will be appointed on Friday 25 September. Good luck!

Caption competition winner (2)

7 September 2009 by Karen

A random group of people who happened to be in our office at the time chose Linda Reeds’ entry as the best caption. Well done to Linda. You can see all the entries here. Another image and another prize in a short while.

People looking over a bridge

All I said was ‘Back a bit!’

While I’m here and talking about artwork I’ll tell you about the Flickr group we’ve just started that celebrates the weird and wonderful world of credit crunch art. There’s no prize for this one – just the knowledge that you’ve far too much time on your hands. Pick an artwork from our collection and recreate it using whatever comes to hand – cats, toys, food, your children, your co-workers – the possibilities are as limited as your camera’s battery life. Upload them to your Flickr page and add them to our group. Again, please bear in mind that this is a family site! Read more…

BSL supported events this weekend

20 August 2009 by Karen

As you may know, this weekend sees the Slavery Remembrance Day festival – there’s more on the background to the event on our main website. A good number of the weekend’s events are supported with British Sign Language, including Diane Nash’s lecture. There’s a good mix of activities, dramatisations, discussions, lectures and performances. A full list of the supported events can be found on our BSL interpretation events page.