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Show us pictures of your visit to the International Slavery Museum

18 August 2014 by Mitty

children with their faces painted, listening intently to an unseen storyteller

Family activities at last year’s Slavery Remembrance Day © Simon Webb

So we’re in the midst of the summer holidays!!  Here at the International Slavery Museum we have great free events every day of the week for all to enjoy, so far we’ve been having fun with flags, making funky shakers and also decorating traditional West African mask designs. Loads of you come every day to enjoy our sessions and we would love to see what you are making!

Do you fancy sharing your pictures? You could tag International Slavery Museum on facebook or @slaverymuseum on twitter – and if you’re not following us, why not?! Read more…

Lego prize draw winner announced

31 July 2014 by Jo

Woman in museum uniform with a boy holding a big Lego box

Emma from our Education team presented Toby with his prize today

Nine year old Toby Sherwen received a great surprise today when he turned up with his parents and brothers to the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

His Mum and Dad were in on the secret, but Toby had no idea that he was one of the winners of our Lego prize draw.

Back in May Toby and his family had taken part in our ‘Building on the past’ activity, where visitors helped to recreate one of the colourful posters in the current Sail Away exhibition, using thousands of small Lego bricks. You can see the Lego poster building up in our photo gallery with progress shots from each day of the workshops.

Everyone who took part in the May workshops was entered into the prize draw to win one of two Lego ships, kindly donated by Lego.

children holding up Lego bricks, by a section of the Lego poster

Lots of visitors have been helping to make our Lego poster

Toby didn’t know he had won a Lego ‘Lord of the Rings’ ship until he arrived at the Museum. He was thrilled with his win and couldn’t wait to show it off to his friends. His Mum said “See, wasn’t that worth getting out of your pyjamas for!” Toby had to agree.

The last of our winners has already been chosen and will be announced next week.

In May visitors helped to make about half of the huge poster, but there’s still more to do! If you would like to have a go yourself, our ‘Building on the past’ activity is back again on Monday 4 August, Tuesday 5 August, and Wednesday 6 August at Merseyside Maritime Museum. There are no more prizes this time, but there’s lots more of our Lego poster left to make.

No need to book, just drop in from 1-4pm each day.

Details of a picture made up of lots of small Lego bricks

Our Lego poster is made up of thousands of tiny Lego bricks

National Insect Week continues!

27 June 2014 by Tony

Insect delicacies?!

Insect delicacies?!

The events to celebrate National Insect Week 2014  are continuing this weekend at World Museum. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine will be bringing along some of their blood sucking insects, including the worlds most dangerous animal – the mosquito, and some of their close relatives.

Local bee keeper Doug Jones will be coming in on Saturday 28 June, with an observation hive to explain the challenges and rewards of ‘beeing a bee keeper’! And you will have the chance to try some ‘edible’ insects and decide for yourself if they deserve that title! Read more…

Celebrating African World Cup legends

26 May 2014 by Mitty

African children holding two footballs

Image courtesy of Charity Ball

How do you explain football to someone who has never heard of it?

You don’t, you give them a ball.

Football is brilliantly absurd in how it manages to turn a simple and accessible game  into such an amazing spectacle. This June will see the World Cup come to Brazil and the biggest show of the year will be shared by literally billions of ecstatic football fans world wide, all hoping this will be their year to celebrate! Read more…

MAMA perfomance at the International Slavery Museum

8 May 2014 by Mitty

choir singing on stage

We’re really lucky to be welcoming the  MAMA choir to perform at the International Slavery Museum on 10 May. Here are a few words from the group to explain what they stand for;

“We are MAMA, migrant artists mutual aid, an organization that brings together migrants in crisis.We come together in a group of mainly women asylum seekers who feel themselves under threat of removal from the UK. Together we try to explore options of campaigning, i.e. highlighting some of the injustices of the UK asylum system, and we give each other support and solidarity. Read more…

Charles Lightoller, a Lancashire lad who went to sea

6 May 2014 by Sam

ship during construction

Concrete ship under construction in Warrington, image courtesy of English Heritage

Merseyside Maritime Museum’s series of free spring lectures starts tomorrow, Wednesday 7 May, at 12 noon, with a talk by Serena Cant, English Heritage. Serena will be talking about the front line at sea, and in particular the contribution of the ships and the people of the north west coast to the First World War. In this guest blog post she discusses the wartime service of  Charles Lightoller:

“Charles Lightoller, a Lancashire lad who went to sea, was one of at least two known survivors of the Titanic, both of whom survived further wreck incidents during the Great War, as it was called by contemporaries. Read more…

Ancient African Empires

22 April 2014 by Mitty

bronze sculpture of a woman's head

Benin sculpture of the Queen Mother’s head

Fred, an Education Demonstrator at the International Slavery Museum, has written about one of the fascinating aspects of African history that you can find out about in the museum:

“As a slavery museum, we also learn about West Africa. European slave traders justified their mistreatment and exploitation of African people by painting a picture of Africa as a simple or “primitive” place compared to European civilisations. In reality, a series of powerful empires, with skilled craftsmen and complex societies existed in West Africa before and during the period of transatlantic slavery, including the once mighty Kingdom of Benin. We’ve added new objects to our Life in West Africa session to reflect this. Read more…

Angela Rippon launches ‘When I was little’

31 March 2014 by Lucy

Photo of Angela Rippon holding When I was little backpack

Angela Rippon launches When I was little (c) Robin Clewley

Last week, we were very lucky to have Angela Rippon come to visit the Museum of Liverpool to launch a brand new project for children and their grandparents. Read more…

Guardians of the dawn: the Liverpool Pilots

27 March 2014 by Sam

man on the deck of a ship on the river Mersey, with the Liverpool waterfront in the background

John Curry

Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a special free talk next week:

“Who ensures the safe passage of shipping into and out of the Port of Liverpool? The Liverpool Pilots!

The sea approaches to Liverpool have always been difficult waters to navigate,  so the Liverpool Pilot Service was established in 1766 to safely guide ships into the port. For almost 30 years our own ship the Edmund Gardner – the largest object in our collections – provided a base for the service in the Irish Sea. Read more…

New display at Sudley House

5 March 2014 by Simon

The new display at Sudley House

The new display at Sudley House

Sudley House has a new display called Enigma: An Era of Wealth and Contradiction which was born from a collaboration between Mersey Care NHS Trust and The Artists Group (TAG). Enigma is the eighth Sudley project. It was devised and delivered by TAG artists Sue Williams and Steve Rooney, together with support from Dot Maloney. A creative writing aspect was developed by poet Pauline Rowe. Read more…