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Making maths meaningful

14 March 2013 by Angela

Lots of patterns created from coloured and shiny paperHere’s an update from Education Demonstrator Angelica Vanasse at the Walker Art Gallery:


“Maths might not be the first subject area that comes to mind when looking for curriculum links in the Walker Art Gallery collections, but the Education Team at the Walker has been working on lots of ways to demonstrate how the collections can support maths education. Read more…

Appeal for old football shirts

12 March 2013 by Sam

group of smiling young people

Young people who trained in Capoeira with Daniel on his last visit to Brazil

Here’s an appeal from Vikky Evans Hubbard at the International Slavery Museum:

“Daniel Baird, who runs our fabulous Capoeira Club on Saturday mornings, is off to train in Brazil soon. While he is there he works with groups of young people in the favelas, helping his ‘Mestre’ (master or trainer) train them in Capoeira.

Capoeira teaches discipline, self respect and respect for others as well as elements of self defence, dance, music and African Brazilian cultural identity and is a powerful tool in the fight to keep young people of the favelas off the streets and way from drugs and crime.

Daniel will be visiting a group he has previously trained in the Quinta de Boa Vista e Lapa favela in West Rio and would like to take some gifts for the kids in the ghetto there. Read more…

Our amazing Liverpool women

7 March 2013 by Kay

sash will applique lettering 'For a woman's right to jobs'

Banner made for the 1981 People’s March for Jobs, on display in The People’s Republic gallery

It is International Women’s Day tomorrow and we are celebrating all week with various talks and events at the Museum of Liverpool.

Today’s talk, ‘Our Amazing Liverpool Women’ at 3pm will include many inspirational women featured across the museum. Just one example is Catherine Harvey, who aged 24 was one of 25 women to join the 1981 People’s March for Jobs to protest against injustice and to demand the right to work. You can see the sash, which Catherine made and wore on the march on display in The People’s Republic gallery. Read more…

World Book Day

6 March 2013 by Angela

Illustration of woman with a little boy and girl

Don’t be scared if you see a little lion, scary witch or even a gaggle of Gruffalo’s walking down the street tomorrow… World Book Day is upon is, which means children will be heading off to school dressed as characters from their favourite books. Parents up and down the land will tonight be attempting to craft Harry Potter glasses from pipe-cleaners and considering the health and safety implications of their offspring wearing a saucepan on their head. Read more…

Deaths-head moths!

27 February 2013 by Angela

a yellow caterpillar eating some leaves

Would you like a nice Chianti with that Mr Caterpillar…?

Paul Finnegan, a member of our Bug House team, has been lucky enough to receive some Death’s-head Hawkmoth caterpillars for World Museum.

The Death’s-head is the largest moth in the UK with a wingspan of up to six inches and played a starring role in the famous Silence of the Lamb’s movie poster. These fascinating little creatures migrate from North Africa and parts of Europe to the UK each summer. Adult moths make a loud squeaking sound which, prior to the creation of modern bee hives, the moths used to calm angry bees when raiding hives to steal honey! Read more…

Young explorers

25 February 2013 by Angela

Boy with a shell

We’re looking for young explorers to embark on an exciting journey through crafts and drama to discover more about where they live. Young Explorers is a new group for 8-12 year olds who want to learn new skills and make a difference to their surroundings. The project will culminate in designing an artefact that will be exhibited in World Museum.

The sessions will be on Saturday mornings in March and April at World Museum, check out our What’s On listings for dates and times.

‘The Stowaway’

15 February 2013 by Sam

young actors dressed in Victorian costume

Over the last three months the International Slavery Museum education team have been working with a group of young actors from the Street Life Foundation. The group used the painting by William Windus, ‘The Black Boy’, on display in the International Slavery Museum, as the starting point for a new play ‘The Stowaway’ written by group leader, Caroline Ihiekwe.

As part of their research the group worked closely with the education teams at the Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool, to find out what everyday life was like in Victorian Liverpool and how it affected children and young people of all classes. Mark, a member of the Street Life acting team, tells us more: Read more…

Drugs Rush at Seized!

11 February 2013 by Sam

school pupils watching performance of play

A scene from the play

Here’s an update from Joyce Parr and Sarah Han, education managers at Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered, about this year’s Rush programme:


“It has been lovely to welcome schools again to our drugs awareness event, Rush which takes place each January at Seized! UK Border Force National Museum, based in the Merseyside Maritime Museum. After it finished were exhausted, but we have had a brilliant time, like the kids!

Despite the snow, we welcomed more than 700 young people. The award winning Rush programme (Kids Count Award in 2010) was developed because of concerns about the impact of drugs misuse on young people. We are lucky to work with the UK Border Force who give the museum lots of helpful back up. Read more…

‘The Crucible’ for schools

28 January 2013 by Dawn

The words The Crucible in a graphic style above a picture of burning flames

School groups visiting World Museum have a unique opportunity to see short extracts from Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ in our Treasure House Theatre on 13 February 2013. The sessions will run at 11am and 1pm and will include a chance to ask the performers questions. This event is free of charge and interested schools should email adam.gledhill@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or call 0151 478 4050 to book.

The play, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is set in 1962 Massachusetts when a witch-hunting fury sweeps through communities. As attempts to calm the hysteria fail, families are torn apart and lives are destroyed.

Hand in Hand Theatre Productions are currently rehearsing for the powerful drama, ready for a short stint at at the Floral Pavilion’s Blue Lounge this spring. They will be running a special schools matinee show on Friday March 8 – contact the theatre for details of their special school rates.

New residents at the Aquarium are a cuttle above

24 January 2013 by Angela

Cuttle fish in tank

Can you tell where he is yet?

Here’s Alyster Chapman, Education Demonstrator at the Aquarium, to tell you about some new inhabitants at World Museum…


There are some new animals to come and see at the Aquarium, the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis). Though the name tries to suggest it, these animals are not fish at all, but molluscs, they’re related to octopus, squids and nautiluses, and more related to a garden snail than a fish. When we first got these cuttles in they were only a few cm in length, we fattened them up in the back and waited till they were feeding fine and grown on to put them out. They’re currently around 6cm in length.  Read more…