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Reminders of Liverpool’s lost castle

30 July 2018 by Liz

castle model in museum display

Model of Liverpool Castle in the History Detectives gallery at the Museum of Liverpool © Mark McNulty

When visitors to the Museum of Liverpool reach the first floor, they’re often surprised to be greeted, right at the top of the stairs, by a model of a castle! Castles possibly aren’t something you especially associate with Liverpool, but the town did have one from around 1235 to the 1730s.  Read more…

Tales from the city – captivating stories from the LGBT+ community

27 July 2018 by Andrew Bullock

Image ow two women kissing, with a Liverpool skyline underneath them and a rainbow in the background.

Tales from the city

We are marking this Liverpool Pride weekend with a blog from Marianna Gould. Marianna is studying Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool and was moved when she visited our Tales from the city exhibition:  Read more…

Telling her story – Melanie Robson

26 July 2018 by Kay

Within the Tales from the city exhibition we have a special display case which enables us to tell different people’s stories through objects that are meaningful to them.

Our current display features items kindly loaned by Melanie Robson. Melanie is a retired teacher who lives in Bootle. Her precious items represent her life as a transwoman. Read more…

The Great Exhibition of the North

24 July 2018 by Andrew Bullock

A few months ago, the Museum of Liverpool was approached by Tyne and Wear Museums, with a request to loan objects from our Urban History collections for display in The Great Exhibition of the North. Read more…

Museums accessibility success

24 July 2018 by Tracey McGeagh

Visitors at the Museum of Liverpool.

We were delighted to find three of our museums listed in a piece about accessibility in the Liverpool Echo recently. Respected website Euan’s Guide includes World Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum in the top ten accessible attractions in Liverpool. Read more…

Walton Gaol force-feeding equipment on display

5 July 2018 by Kay

Suffragette Force Feeding Apparatus

Suffragette Force Feeding Apparatus. Image © National Justice Museum

Nothing quite brings home the horror of force-feeding than seeing the actual equipment; porcelain funnel, wooden mouth gag and long rubber tube, used to inflict torture on women. This set is even more disturbing to me as it was used at Walton Gaol, Liverpool.

When I first came across the items at the National Justice Museum, Nottingham, I knew we had to bring them home to be displayed here at the Museum of Liverpool. Read more…

The adventures of the Austin 7 Pearl Cabriolet!

26 June 2018 by Claire

Beryl Hindley standing next to Austin 7 in April 2018.

Photograph of Beryl Hindley next to Austin 7 in April 2018.

Sometimes, when I’m wandering around the Museum of Liverpool, just before the doors open to the thousands of visitors we welcome in each day, an object will catch my eye. Just a quick glimpse of something, although not actually from my own past, can magically transport me back to memories of family days out or sitting in my Auntie’s house drinking tea from a beautiful china cup.

For me, this is what defines Social History. Although it is a field of history that looks at the lived experience of wider society, it can also in the same instance be very personal, invoking strong, emotional memories. Read more…

Remembering the World Cup 1966 – the Merseyside connection

18 June 2018 by Kay

 The cover of a visitor guide to Liverpool for football fans at the World Cup 1966

A visitor guide to Liverpool for football fans at the World Cup 1966

1966 was a good year for football on Merseyside….oh, and for England too!  When the World Cup was held in this country in July that year, Liverpool had just won the League and Everton the FA Cup.

In the museum’s collections we have a number of items which relate to World Cup matches played at Goodison Park, including match tickets, a visitor guide to the city for fans, an invite and menu from a special luncheon given by The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Liverpool on the occasion of the semi-final of the World Cup at the Town Hall, Liverpool City Transport tickets for overseas visitors and spectator notices.

Tickets from the five games held at Goodison Park were recently kindly donated by Jack Mulvey, an Everton fan. He tells us more – Read more…

Exploring the secret life of Smithdown Road

15 June 2018 by Andrew Bullock

A black an white photo of two girls and a man

My Grandma Great Aunt and Great Grandad Outside their home off Smithdown Road

In our latest blog local student Cody Willoughby talks about her feelings towards Smithdown Road, the road her Grandma grew up on and the subject of our display The Secret Life of Smithdown Road… Read more…

Remember Love at Double Fantasy

31 May 2018 by Laura

Visitor in exhibition

Double Fantasy – John & Yoko at Museum of Liverpool until 22 April 2019

We are thrilled to have welcomed more than 20,000 visitors already to our latest exhibition Double Fantasy – John & Yoko, which has now been open for two weeks. Read more…



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