16 January 2017 by Mitty
The Sankofa project is looking to support local Black people and communities in highlighting their stories and protecting their histories for generations to come – and we want you to get involved! Heritage consultant Heather Roberts tells us why archives are so important and can be made by anyone:
“Archives aren’t just boxes of dusty paper in ye olde handwriting. Archives, basically, are just evidence. They are evidence of something or someone from the past, which you want to remember for the future.
Leaflets and posters of community activist groups and their events are certainly archives. As are minutes of meetings and annual reports of a community organisation. Newspaper clippings about local activism and activists certainly help shape the story, too. Read more…
19 December 2016 by Ellie
Today marks a First World War anniversary that many of us will not have heard about before. Our guest blogger Eugene McLaughlin explains why he is visiting Merseyside Maritime Museum today to remember his grandfather’s fateful voyage 100 years ago.
“My grandfather died when I was a baby. I knew very little about him. I knew he was from Sligo, he was a sailor and he was once Captain of the Galway Bay tender SS Dun Aengus. I recall childhood tales that he was the Captain of a ship that was torpedoed during “the” war, which I assumed to be the Second World War. My grandmother had given me two of his brass buttons from his time at sea. Other than that, nothing.
So, when my wife gave me a Christmas present of a subscription to an ancestry research website, I had to investigate. Read more…
5 December 2016 by Sarah
These images show some recent counterfeit goods from our collection. They may look like things you’d want to receive as a Christmas present, or buy for a gift – but don’t be fooled!
For every genuine item that exists there is a counterfeited replica, as soon as a ‘new’ item enters the market the counterfeiters are never far behind to cash in on the products that we desire. Counterfeiters have no limits; they span all industries including clothing, electronics and toiletries.
Counterfeit items constantly change to reflect contemporary trends so it’s important to us that these changes and trends are documented through our display cases and our handling collection. Read more…
24 November 2016 by Sarah Starkey
I almost made it through November this year without mentioning Movember – the month of charity moustache growing. So many men have massive facial hair at the moment that I sometimes wonder who would notice if they grew a moustache.
But the charity’s mission is still an important one, so we are highlighting our gallery of moustache images from the collections of the Maritime Archives and Library on the Merseyside Maritime Museum website.
And then I came across this photograph Read more…
23 November 2016 by Mitty
I’ve been given a really exciting opportunity to work on the Sankofa project, which aims to support Black communities in Liverpool with looking after their precious objects and materials and hopefully making this material more accessible.
This task, as well as being incredibly exciting, is also quite daunting. Many of you might already be aware that Liverpool has the oldest Black community in Europe but what evidence is there of this? And what information do we have about more recent migrations of people of the African diaspora to Liverpool? Read more…
15 November 2016 by Ben
There was an event at the Maritime Museum recently to unveil the newly restored Indefatigable figurehead.
The figurehead is from the ship HMS Indefatigable, which was a training ship preparing boys for the Royal and Merchant Navy. The school eventually moved to land and closed in 1996.
Liverpool docks have seen many people leave England’s shores to start new lives abroad over the centuries. One lesser known part of this history, which was explored in our recent exhibition On their own: Britain’s child migrants, was the story of the child migration schemes which sent British children to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries between 1869 and the early 1970s. These were run by charities and religious organisations and supported by governments.
4 November 2016 by Ben
There was an event at Liverpool Town Hall on 31 October to mark the 75th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy in the Second World War.
As a child I first came across ships in bottles at my late uncle’s house. He used to make them and I remember being fascinated about how the ship ended up in the bottle. Now as Curator of the ship models collection, the Museum’s ships in bottles still evokes the same fascination and intrigue.
The maritime art of making ships in bottles can be traced back as early as the 18th century. Read more…