Posts tagged with 'history'
1 December 2010 by davidl
Today marks 55 years since Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old seamstress, defied the segregation laws of the southern states of the USA by refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white man, and in doing so became a figurehead for the Civil Rights movement.
As the bus she was travelling on in Montgomery, Alabama, became more crowded, the bus driver decided to move the ‘colored’ sign which divided the passengers by race further back the bus, and demanded that Parks also move back to allow white passengers to sit down — Parks’ refusal and subsequent arrest led to a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system, organised by the then-unknown Reverend Martin Luther King. Though Parks was not the first to defy segregation laws in this way, her protest was the catalyst for mass action which led ultimately to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and an end to segregation.
23 November 2010 by Laura
One of the things I love most about the John Moores Painting Prize is the convincing way it demonstrates just how versatile painting is. In its 53 year history it has brought a wildly varied selection of paintings to our attention. It is not just the subject or themes of the images that differ but also the way the artists use the materials and the act of painting itself.
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…
14 October 2010 by Lisa
Here is our World Museum fact for the day in our daily countdown to all the 150th birthday celebrations happening this weekend:
Did you know… that the museum was bombed during World War II? It happened on 3 May 1941 and you can see the extent of the damage in the before and after images below.
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.
12 October 2010 by Lisa
We are counting down to the World Museum’s 150th birthday celebrations which are happening this weekend on 16 and 17 October. Each day we’ll be giving you a fascinating fact from the 150 year history of the museum in our countdown to the big day!
World Museum fact for the day:
Did you know…that on 8 March 1853 the museum opened for the first time on Slater Street in Liverpool. It was then called the ‘Derby Museum of the Borough of Liverpool’ in honour of the Earl of Derby’s bequest of over 20,000 natural history specimens. Read more…
12 October 2010 by Lucy
Are you red or are you blue? This is one of the big questions we ask in our football immersive experience Kicking and Screaming in the new Museum of Liverpool. The film celebrates and explores the city’s passion for football and takes the visitor on a journey through all the key moments that have shaped it.
9 September 2010 by Lucy
As part of Heritage Open Days, National Museums Liverpool has a number of events taking place which will provide unique opportunities to explore and enjoy the sometimes hidden, often curious and always interesting areas of some of our venues.
Although not open until next year, the Museum of Liverpool team will also be taking part in this national initiative, in a special event tomorrow – Friday, 10 September – at Toxteth Town Hall from 10:30am – 4pm. Read more…
19 August 2010 by Laura B
Last month the ‘Mapping Memory: L1 and Liverpool’s central waterfront’ project began with its first workshop, kindly attended by the Liverpool Women’s History Group. The aim of the project is to explore memories of the L1 area during the 1950s, 60s and 70s and the Women’s History Group certainly provided an abundance of lively and interesting memories and stories for our researchers to collect.
The workshop started by asking the ladies to trace a particular route they would take through the L1 and central waterfront area, revealing a clustering around places such as Lord Street, Paradise Street and London Road. As the session progressed an array of collective memories showed how women used urban space during the twentieth century and the areas of the city which have created the most powerful and resilient memories over the years. 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…