Somme centenary: the battle for Guillemont continues

9 August 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

rows of gravestones in a cemetary in the French countryside

Guillemont Road Cemetery, where many King’s Regiment soldiers are buried

As night fell on 8 August 1916, a few of the men from the 1st Battalion had escaped the attack and found their way back to the British Front Line. Of the hundreds of men in the battalion, who had gone over the top that morning, only 180 were available to answer their names at roll call. The battle for the village of Guillemont described in yesterday’s blog continued however, as the remaining men of the 8th (Irish) Battalion were still trapped in the village. Read more…

Somme centenary: the third attack on Guillemont 

8 August 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

map of Guillemont, France

This map shows the position of the Territorials and 1st Battalion (marked in blue), in the third attack on the village. The arrows show their proposed movement to their objective lines.

In the early hours of 31 July 1916, after two failed attacks on the Village of Guillemont, the depleted Liverpool Pals Battalions left the Front Line – but the Liverpool story continued. The 55th Division, which replaced them, included the six Territorial Battalions of the King’s Liverpool Regiment. Known as the ‘Liverpool Terriers’, they had all been in action since 1915 and were already experienced in battle.

The third attack on the village was planned for 4.20am on 8 August. Read more…

National Museums Liverpool has Pride!

28 July 2016 by Matt


I remember my first Liverpool Pride, back in 2010. I was finishing off my university year and I stumbled across it quite by accident. Needless to say I had an amazing time and funnily enough I will be having another Pride first this year.

On Saturday, for the first time ever, National Museums Liverpool will have a stall at Liverpool Pride where we’ll be showcasing the work we’ve been carrying out as part of our Pride and Prejudice project. Read more…

Centenary of the Somme battles: Attacking Guillemont

26 July 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

Medals and badge of Sergeant Herbert Lawrenson, displayed in the Museum of Liverpool. Herbert, from Smithdown Road, served with the 20th Battalion and was killed on 30 July. His body was never recovered.

Medals and badge of Sergeant Herbert Lawrenson, displayed in the Museum of Liverpool. Herbert (pictured below), from Smithdown Road, served with the 20th Battalion and was killed on 30 July. His body was never recovered.

In my last blog, we left the victorious Pals Battalions in early July 1916, consolidating the ground they had captured around Montauban Village. By the end of July, after three weeks of heavy fighting, the British Front line had moved just 1.6 miles and the Liverpool battalions were now in action just south of Trones Wood. The next objective was to capture Guillemont Village. Although it was just a small farming village, it was well situated with flat land on all sides and had been in German hands for around two years. By 1916, it was heavily fortified and well defended. This made it a key target for British commanders.  Read more…

We’re shortlisted for the City of Liverpool Business Awards

21 July 2016 by Lisa Middleton

COLBA shortlisted

National Museums Liverpool is up for the Best Customer Focused Business accolade at the City of Liverpool Business Awards tonight.

The annual Awards are a celebration of the thriving business community across the city region and this is the first time we’ve been up for an award. Read more…

There’s no place like Garlands!

21 July 2016 by Matt

Seasons Greetings2This morning we opened a new display – There’s no place like Garlands! – celebrating the iconic Liverpool nightclub,  to coincide with Liverpool Pride, 30-31 July.

About a year ago, I’d just started working on the Pride and Prejudice project and within a week I found myself in the Garland’s drag room uncovering the story of a club I actually knew very little about. Amongst the sequins and feather boas I learned the importance and significance behind the music and sparkle. Read more…

Liverpool in Cinema

20 July 2016 by Laura

Cinema illustration

Liverpool in Cinema

The Liverpool Small Cinema is hosting a two day programme of screenings and discussions this weekend, which ask us to think about Liverpool old and new through film. Read more…

Room with a View

19 July 2016 by Laura

Large window

View from The People’s Republic in Museum of Liverpool. Image   © Ant Clausen

We’ve always thought the view from our window was pretty special but we’re thrilled to find out others agree. Read more…

LGBT History Month – get involved

14 July 2016 by Matt

Logo2We’ve some exciting news… Next year, for the first time ever, the Museum of Liverpool will be hosting the North West hub for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and we need you! Read more…

Mythbusting archaeology

13 July 2016 by Liz

Viking lady

Viking lady

As the Museum of Liverpool celebrates the Festival of Archaeology in July with a week of free archaeology events we’ll be exploring latest research and discoveries which bust some myths about the past! Read more…

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