The Secret Life of Smithdown Road display uncovered and shared the stories of this fascinating community, past and present. Much of the content of the display was sourced from local residents, shop keepers and members of our Facebook group. The Museum also interviewed and recorded a range of people and made a special film about life on the Road. Read more…
Summer holidays are fun at the Museum of Liverpool! From 20-27 August we will be running lots of great activities to celebrate the history of transport in Liverpool. Join us for tours exploring our Great Port Gallery, lots of fun craft activities (including the chance to make your own Lion locomotive or Ford Anglia) and the opportunity to handle and talk about some of our favourite transport related objects. Read more…
In the case under the stairs on the ground floor of the Museum of Liverpool you can see more of the objects recovered from the excavations on the site of the Museum in 2007. It’s the first chance we’ve had to show off properly some of the huge collection of sugar refining pottery that we excavated from this very site before the Museum was built . Most of it was badly broken but it is all that is left from the many small sugar refineries which existed right in the centre of Liverpool 200 years ago, long before the large factories like Tate and Lyle developed on Love Lane, now Eldonian Village. Read more…
At the eastern side of Anfield Cemetery, there is a strip of land where the Liverpool Chinese community are buried. Given that Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese Community in Europe, these graves are hardly a surprising sight. What is surprising perhaps, are the five small white Commonwealth War Graves clustered together in the middle. They are the graves of men from the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) who died in Liverpool in 1917 and 1918. Lui Feng Hsiang, the last of the five men to be buried, died 100 years ago today (Thu 9 Aug). Born and raised in China, how did these men come to be buried in foreign soil so far away from home?
The Museum of Liverpool’s archaeology team have put together two new displays of pottery which may look very different but on closer inspection have interesting connections.
One is a display of ‘Cumbrian Blue(s), The Cockle Pickers’ Tea Service’ by artist, Paul Scott. Made to commemorate the Chinese cockle pickers killed in Morecombe Bay in 2004 and modern slavery, it also links to Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Think of the 1960s and The Beatles won’t be far from many people’s thoughts. Their appearances at the London Palladium and the Ed Sullivan Show made them nationally and then internationally famous.
While all that was happening there was another influential figure emphatically putting Liverpool on the map. Bill Shankly’s Liverpool were on the rise, playing a brand of swashbuckling football under their manager’s passionate and charismatic leadership. 1966 may be the year England won the World Cup but for us it was the year that Everton won the FA Cup and Liverpool won the league championship 3-2 against Sheffield Wednesday.
There was no denying it: Liverpool was cool. It’s that coolness that we’ll be celebrating with a week of free activities in our 1960s extravaganza from 6 August!
Make your own Ford Anglia, an iconic 1960s car made right here in Liverpool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Try your hand with real 1960s games like the Etch-a-Sketch and Spirograph from Monday through to Thursday.
Celebrating 50 years since the launch of The Beatle’s White Album by making your own album cover craft work on Tuesday and Thursday.
We’ll have handling objects for you to relive the decade with, including records, radios, toys, games, clothing, and even some things to get you remembering your school days.