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Lusitania families reunited

3 May 2016 by Sam

two women

Joyce Percival and Mary Jones at the Lusitania commemoration in 2015

Every year on 7 May Merseyside Maritime Museum marks the anniversary of the tragic loss of the Lusitania with a commemoration and minute’s silence at the quayside, by one of the ship’s propellers which is now part of our collection.

For the centenary of the sinking in 2015 there was also a special service at Liverpool Parish Church Our Lady and St Nicholas. The service included an unexpected twist for Mary Jones, who attended in memory of her great grandfather Michael Cooney, a fireman in the engineering department on board the Lusitania who lost his life in the tragedy, along with his son, also called Michael. Read more…

Art and the Sea gallery rehang now on display

29 April 2016 by Sam Vaux

Painting of Vittoria Docks in Birkenhead, Wirral

Vittoria Docks, Birkenhead, Wirral, 1919, John Worsley © the artist’s estate

The Art and the Sea gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum has been a hive of activity this week with a rehang of a collection of fourteen maritime paintings; some from the existing collection or only rarely displayed, and one which hasn’t been on public display before. Curator of Maritime Art, Rebecca Smith reveals the history behind some of these works.

Liverpool in its heyday caused it to be regarded as a mecca for those with maritime aspirations of any sort’, Sam Davidson, maritime art historian

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Talks, tours and performances for 75th anniversary of the May Blitz

28 April 2016 by Laura

People in 1940s costume

1940s role-players

Next week is the 75th anniversary of the May Blitz, the peak of the bombing of Merseyside during the Second World War. Read more…

Liverpool and the American Civil War

12 April 2016 by Sarah Starkey

Photograph of Captain Semmes on board the ship Alabama, 1863.

One of our rare photographs taken on board the Liverpool built Confederate ship Alabama, 1863.

This week sees the anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War on 12th April 1861.  At first glance not a topic that has much to do with Liverpool.  However, because of the economic and global environment of the time, especially the importance to Great Britain of cotton, Liverpool played a major role in the conflict. Read more…

Don’t be fooled by fakes

5 April 2016 by Sarah

Seized! counterfeit display, including the new fakes

Seized! counterfeit display, including the new fakes. Can you spot them?

For every genuine item that exists, there is a counterfeited replica. As soon as a ‘new’ product enters the market, the counterfeiters are never far behind to cash in on what we desire. Counterfeiters have no limits; they span all industries from clothing and electronics, to toiletries and prescription drugs. Read more…

Boaty McBoatface and other unusual ship names

28 March 2016 by Sam

sketch of a ship in the river Mersey

Sketch of the unpronouncable Tyrrhenia leaving Liverpool by EW Barrett, 26 January 1924. Accession number 1987.118.4.14

Just across the river from Merseyside Maritime Museum, Camell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead has produced many well-known ships over the years – HMS Ark Royal and Mauretania II to name just two. However a ship is currently being built there which is arguably more famous than any of these – quite an achievement when it isn’t due to be launched until 2019. But then this is the £200million research vessel that the British public want to call Boaty McBoatface. Read more…

Photography competition – be part of our exhibition!

24 March 2016 by Sam Vaux

The print shows two Stevedores standing inactive at the Albert Docks, Liverpool (a stevedore is someone who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships). In the middle distance a ship is moored. This image was also reproduced as a postcard.

Stevedores, Albert Dock, 1945 by Edward Chambré Hardman © National Trust Images; The Hardmans’ House, Liverpool

Could you be the next Edward Chambré Hardman? Our current On the Waterfront exhibition in the Quayside Gallery explores significant changes on Liverpool’s waterfront. Our visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Albert Dock are part of that story, and we’d like to include you in this exhibition too! Read more…

The poetry of the Albert Dock

24 February 2016 by Emma Walmsley

group photo of school children on stage

This year we held some creative writing workshops linked to the On the Waterfront exhibition at the Maritime Museum. The imaginative pupils from St Vincent de Paul Primary School have indeed come up trumps with their wonderful work produced in response to the exhibition at the Maritime Museum! After their very successful visit to the museum back in January, they followed up their new found knowledge of Liverpool’s maritime past with creative writing sessions back in the classroom with John Hughes from The Windows ProjectRead more…

Global Scouse Day – You don’t have to be a Scouser to celebrate

23 February 2016 by Ann-Marie

james the honoury scouser outside the merseyside maritime museum liverpool

We love Global Scouse Day at National Museums Liverpool. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the fabulous home-made Scouse that is enjoyed in our Museums, and the people that create our tasty version of this local culinary tradition. James Behan, Sous Chef at National Museums Liverpool, is a Scouse enthusiast and ambassador although technically an honorary Scouser as he was  born down South.

When he was growing up in London, he recalls the food from his childhood was more likely to be pie and mash or jellied eels! He told us;

“Before moving to Liverpool I thought the word ‘Scouse’ only referred to an accent rather than food! Read more…

On the Waterfront – my office window

12 February 2016 by Sarah Starkey

Photograph of Albert Dock, Liverpool in a derelict state.

Photograph of Albert Dock by Phil Collins, 1982 (Maritime Archives and Library reference PR/623/834/12).

In a previous blog about the On the Waterfront exhibition I named a glass lantern slide view of George’s Dock as one of my favourites. Now I thought I would share another of my favourite images from the exhibition.

Taken in 1982 this photograph shows Albert Dock in a derelict state before the start of the redevelopment work.  Read more…



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