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1856 time capsule – connecting the Abbott family across the generations

2 October 2015 by Kay

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Sisters Caryl Woof, Susan Towler and Anne Lurcott (Sarah’s mother). Their mother, Dorothy, was Florence’s daughter.

Back in June we put a special time capsule on display which gave us a fascinating glimpse of Liverpool life in 1856. Originally laid on 9 December, 1856 in the foundation stone of the workshop, warehouse and showroom of Abbott’s Cabinet Makers, it was rediscovered by builder John Connell during renovation work at the ‘Scandinavian Hotel’, on the corner of Nelson Street earlier this year.

Sarah Light, from West Sussex, heard about the display and got in touch to tell us that she is a descendant of the Abbot family and was very interested to see that the time capsule had been laid by her great great great grandfather, Samuel Abbott! Read more…

Pride and Prejudice – but not what you think!

30 September 2015 by Matt

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Royal Court Theatre Programme, 1951

A lot of my colleagues saw the title of the Pride and Prejudice project and thought we were doing an exhibition on Jane Austen, or at the very least Georgian life.  Luckily for me, they were wrong.  Instead what we have started work on is an amazingly interesting but admittedly challenging task.  We are undertaking a unique two year project, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, to identify, research and better present objects and stories relating to Liverpool’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities held within our collections. Easy? Think again… Read more…

Money talks

28 September 2015 by Jeff

1899 penny

1899 penny

Following our recent excavation at Calderstones Park in partnership with the Reader Organisation, the Museum of Liverpool archaeology team have been working with volunteers on the post excavation analysis of the finds.  Read more…

Our top 6 picks for Autumn

22 September 2015 by Lisa

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The colder weather is creeping in and we’re saying goodbye to the summer, but this also means some fab new items for Autumn in our shop.

From vintage-style hats to cosy socks, here’s six of our favourites for the new season: Read more…

Museums, charities and Rankin, oh my!

21 September 2015 by Andrew

Glamortality, 2014 © Rankin

Glamortality, 2014 © Rankin

As It’s Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin opens, Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool & Merseyside Maritime Museum reflects on the fascinating role of museums in society.

“Three years ago we hosted Liverpool Love, our first collaborative art exhibition and auction with National Museums Liverpool’s charity partner Claire House Children’s Hospice. From annual displays of decorated ducks and now It’s Glam Up North, this show will be the second art exhibition that our visitors have engaged with and enjoyed. Such collaborations have, importantly, helped to give Claire House the money needed to keep providing support to children and their families. Read more…

Tramcar 245 is launched!

18 September 2015 by Sharon

historic tram running on a tramline in Birkenhead

Tramcar 245 looking fantastic after restoration

As Curator of the Transport Collection at the Museum of Liverpool I work with a fantastic collection of vehicles, and over the years I have worked with some very special groups of people associated with these vehicles.

I first met members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) about 18 years ago. Sitting on a restored tram at the Wirral Transport Museum they told me all about their work. I was really impressed by their skills and their enthusiasm for the work they did. When a request to restore Tramcar 245 came through from them a short while later I thought the tram couldn’t be in better hands.

Tramcar 245 has a special place in Liverpool’s transport story. Read more…

Our Day Out – get involved, memories matter

16 September 2015 by Kay

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Photo from Keith Medley Archive Liverpool John Moores University.

Ian Bradley, Media Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University tells us about the Our Day Out project and partnership exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

“The Our Day Out project was inspired by a collection of photographs donated to Liverpool John Moores University by the family of Keith Medley a commercial and press photographer who worked in and around Merseyside for most of his career until his retirement in 1987. Many of the photographs feature New Brighton during its heyday as a popular seaside resort. Read more…

Colomendy Totem Pole

10 September 2015 by Kay

colomendy-totem-pole-topDid you go to Colomendy Centre for Outdoor Education in North Wales like generations of Liverpool children? If so you may remember this Totem Pole, which is now on display in the Museum of Liverpool.

It was made in 1967 at Sefton Park Secondary School by teacher Ken James and his students. Ken was a woodwork and technical drawing teacher at the school from 1963, until 1978.

The Totem Pole was made from a telegraph pole provided by Liverpool GPO. The carvings represent local animals, real and imaginary – including a Welsh dragon on top and a mother and baby bird. Moyra James, Ken’s daughter remembers that it was a close knit school with a great cast of characters, both pupils and staff.  Read more…

Roundhouses, rubbish and Romans

7 September 2015 by Liz

The evidence of the buildings is being analysed, and they seem to have been constructed in clay and timber and may have been round-houses similar to this

The evidence of the buildings is being analysed, and they seem to have been constructed in clay and timber and may have been round-houses similar to this

Mark Adams, Archaeological Project Officer, tells us about one of his latest, and favourite, finds:

“A team of archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology North and the Museum of Liverpool have recently excavated a Romano-British settlement at Burton, Cheshire Read more…

Last chance to see L8 Unseen

1 September 2015 by Andrew

Tommy Calderbank

A still of Tommy Calderbank from the film of his poetry reading

All good things must come to an end. Sunday 6 September  is your last chance to visit (or revisit) the L8 Unseen exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

Striking large-scale images taken by photographer Othello De’Souza-Hartley, sit alongside interactive displays that reveal the stories and experiences of a diverse range of people from the Liverpool 8 community.  Read more…



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