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…

Portrait of a sailor

11 February 2016 by Ellie

Portrait of Stoker 1st Class Joseph Norman Thomas


In 2014 we acquired this rather striking portrait of Royal Navy Stoker 1st Class Joseph Norman Thomas, who was born in Liverpool in 1892. At Merseyside Maritime Museum, we focus on the history of the Merchant Navy, with some exceptions, but we were drawn to this painting as we have very few portraits of seafarers in the collection. Joseph also had very strong local connections, being born and brought up in Liverpool. Read more…

A room with a view, Valentine’s Day at the Maritime Dining Room

10 February 2016 by Stacey

couple having a romantic meal in the Maritime Dining Room

Valentine’s Day is a time when couples try to search out that perfect place to dine with their loved one, or that unique gift to express their appreciation for their other half.

Tim Eccles, Duty Manager at the Maritime Dining Room, can certainly help with the first dilemma.

Tucked away on the top floor of the Maritime Museum, with enviable views over the picturesque Albert Dock and stunning Liverpool Waterfront, the Maritime Dining Room offers delicious regional food made in-house by our talented team of award winning chefs. A romantic and beautiful setting, it is the perfect place to escape from the busy city centre and enjoy delicious food with great company. Read more…

Creative writing on the waterfront

28 January 2016 by Emma Walmsley

man teaching a group of children

Creative writing workshop with John from The Windows Project

With the opening of our latest exhibition, On the Waterfront, the Education team thought it would be a fantastic idea to use the imaginations of local school children to produce some pieces of creative writing inspired by the fabulous history of our city, river and docks!  Read more…

A year in blogs – our top 5 stories from 2015!

31 December 2015 by Lisa

Mother and sons with Jubilee decorations

Silver Jubilee street party, June 1977, Old Swan, Liverpool

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re looking back on some of the most popular stories from the blog this year. We began the year by revealing how the Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait was used as inspiration for the costumes in BBC drama series, ‘Wolf Hall’ – and we ended the year with our celebrations at World Museum for the amazing blast off of Tim Peake!

But which are the stories that have captured your imagination this year? Here are are the top five stories from our blog that you’ve been enjoying the most in 2015… *drum roll please* Read more…

Maritime memories

17 December 2015 by Lucy

Image of a ship in a bottle

Rebecca’s chosen item from the app – a ship in a bottle.

Have you heard about our #AMemoryShared campaign? Through our House of Memories dementia awareness programme, we are using the campaign to raise awareness of sharing memories with our friends, families and those we care for, so that they are never forgotten.

A person living with dementia may have trouble being in the here and now, but often they have memories tucked away at the back of their minds that, when unlocked, can lead to incredibly emotive connections and conversations.  Read more…

Liverpool Pilots exhibition – can you help?

11 December 2015 by Sam Vaux

Bob Davis, aged 93, wears his cap and jacket from his time as 2nd Engineer on the pilot ships, recently donated to Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Bob Davis, aged 93, wears his cap and jacket from his time as 2nd Engineer on the pilot ships, recently donated to Merseyside Maritime Museum.

We are very excited to announce our forthcoming exhibition about the Liverpool Pilots Service, which will open on 22 July 2016 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The Liverpool Pilots guide shipping in and out of Liverpool waters, and celebrate their 250th anniversary in 2016.

The exhibition will look back at their long history, exploring why marine pilots are needed and what the particular challenges are for shipping entering Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey. There are many examples where the skill and bravery of pilots has saved lives and cargo, and the exhibition will bring to life many of these dramatic stories. You will also be able to learn about the vital role the pilots continue to play in the thriving modern port of Liverpool. Read more…

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