Posts tagged with 'history'
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…
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…
6 May 2010 by Kay C
Thursday 6 May is the day people have been talking about all across Liverpool: it’s the day our public lecture series features the history of World Museum Liverpool.
Liverpool’s Museum – The First 150 Years is the first of three great talks lined up for this afternoon’s session. Presented by our Executive Director of Collections, John Millard, the event starts at 2pm in the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, and is part of our celebrations in the museum’s 150th anniversary year. Read more…
29 April 2010 by Lisa
Continuing our celebration of World Museum’s 150th anniversary, today we are looking back to 2005 when we had some exciting new developments completed at the museum…
On this day in 2005, the new entrance, atrium, displays, cafés and shop opened at the World Museum and here is one review that was from Liverpool’s Nerve magazine:
‘The refurbished £35 million museum now promises a view of the world ‘from the oceans to the stars’. Access has been much improved; the entrance is now at ground level instead of up dozens of steps. This leads into the stunning new glass atrium where the old museum connects to the extension in the former John Moores University building, where most of the new galleries are located. The renovation has also seen the reopening of galleries that had been closed since the museum was bombed in World War II. The old mish-mash of exhibits has been replaced by clearly defined new sections: ‘Space and Time’, ‘Natural World’, ‘Human World’, and ‘Earth’. Read more…
21 April 2010 by Kay C
Thursday afternoons are never going to be the same again…
I am really excited about our new Spring 2010 Public Lecture Series, which kicks off tomorrow (April 22). It’s being held at the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, and features a selection of subjects from our museums and galleries’ collections and exhibitions, from archaeology to contemporary slavery.
For the next four Thursdays, our curators will be talking about some of the fascinating things they have researched. Read more…
8 April 2010 by Lisa
Do remember our previous post about the William Brown bust getting a good spring clean? This was part of our World Museum 150th anniversary celebrations on the blog, and we’re continuing the series this week with an update about the bust by our Executive Director of Collections Management, John Millard.
For as long as anyone can remember a marble bust of William Brown has languished in a store at the Walker Art Gallery, and it didn’t look very happy. It got some careful attention at our National Conservation Centre and now it has finally been put on show.
The bust features in a special display in the atrium of World Museum. It commemorates the 150th anniversary of William Brown handing over Liverpool’s museum and library building to the Lord Mayor of the city in 1860. Brown spent £40,000 on the building of the museum and library, and the street was renamed William Brown Street in thanks for his generosity. Read more…