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Life on the ocean wave: a Border Force training ship

2 June 2016 by Sarah

steve in pilots cabin

Steve Butler on his tour of Altea II

Steve Butler, Curator at Seized! the Border Force National Museum, is blogging for us today on his tour of Altea II, a huge ship purchased by Border Force, which is used to train its officers in how to safely search every part of a commercial vessel: 

View onto ship

The view out of the window

“I may have worked for many years for the Border Force museum but it is meeting the front line officer which is so memorable and one of the unique pluses of my job. Recently I visited a training ship in Liverpool Docks called Altea II for a tour of the vessel guided by a senior instructor and long serving Border Force officer.

“Colin has many years experience in working in Customs and now Border Force and was once part of the customs cutter service. He has probably visited most ports around the UK coastline aboard a patrol vessel in search of the smuggler. Now he trains officers from both the UK and overseas in how to safely search every part of a commercial ship. 

“Altea II was a mid sized bulk carrier which plied the seas in search of mixed cargo from building material, animal field and general cargo. Operating in seas in the northern hemisphere including Iceland, Nordic states, Russia and called in at ports around the UK. Once bought by Border Force is was adapted to offer real life experience of a commercial ship and how to search it.

“When I boarded the vessel it was as if the former Russian crew had just left the vessel. Crew’s cabin still presented soaps and shaving equipment placed on shelves around the sinks, posters still hung on the cabin walls, sea boots and overalls were slung on bed side cabinets. Books, novels and instructions manual, still lined the shelves adjacent to port holed walls. The bridge offered spectacular views across the Mersey to New Brighton and sea charts and national flags were neatly rolled in cupboards beneath first aid cabinets and barometers on panelled walls.

The hold

The hold

“The hold was vast, now empty except for a special built coffer dam which was stained in red colourant. Why the staining? Colin explained the use of a life like dummy which would carry ‘injury’ and require safely rescuing from inside the coffer dam. This would often be practised in near black out conditions with trainees dressed in cumbersome breathing kit, essential clothing when searching dangerous confined space aboard a ocean going ship. The morning tour and chat with Colin was captivating as he calmly described the dangerous search of ocean going tugs and yachts concealing tons of class A drugs. It is why I do love my job and our unique collection and stories we can share.”

 

Find out more about our collections at Seized!  

Half term fun

26 May 2016 by Megan

River Festival

River Festival

Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum’s is the big 3-0 this year and we are celebrating in style! We are taking you back to the 80s with DJ Barryoke playing the hits and a 1980s themed photo booth for visitors to capture all the fun. Performances, workshops and crafts will also be running over the two days (30 & 31 May). See our website for more details Read more…

Don’t be fooled by fakes

5 April 2016 by Sarah

Seized! counterfeit display, including the new fakes

Seized! counterfeit display, including the new fakes. Can you spot them?

For every genuine item that exists, there is a counterfeited replica. As soon as a ‘new’ product enters the market, the counterfeiters are never far behind to cash in on what we desire. Counterfeiters have no limits; they span all industries from clothing and electronics, to toiletries and prescription drugs. Read more…

New immigration display for Seized!

1 October 2015 by Andrew

Visitors meet a Border Force Officer at passport control

Visitors meet a Border Force Officer at passenger control

Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered is the UK Border Force national museum. Located in Merseyside Maritime Museum’s basement, this week we unveil a new display looking at the work of Border Force Officers who work on passenger control. Read more…

Fake the facts!

3 August 2015 by Andrew

Counterfeit objects seized by UK Border Force on display at Seized!

Counterfeit objects seized by UK Border Force on display at Seized!

This Friday 7 August, the Seized! education team host an informal free talk about fakes and counterfeit goods. Using the objects we have on display, learn about where they come from, who produces them and the dangers associated with buying them. Curator Katherine Lloyd writes this special blog on the subject:  Read more…

Border Force family fun days

25 May 2015 by Alison

Sniffer dog at work

Seized! is a permanent gallery situated in the Merseyside Maritime Museum at the Albert Dock Liverpool. The gallery explores the mysterious world of smuggling and the way in which the Border Force protects society against harms caused by this illegal activity. Read more…

Ele Friends

5 September 2013 by Alayna

Two visitors with their Ele Friends finger puppets

Two visitors with their Ele Friends finger puppets

Jane Donnelley, Border Force Officer talks about a new Education event at Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered:”

Throughout the summer holidays the Seized! team deliver its public events programme, which includes a variety of craft sessions for the children and families. These sessions are free and offer the opportunity to come and be creative. Our most recent addition to these sessions is Ele Friends, where visitors can make their own elephant friend in the form of a felt finger puppet with lovely coloured tusks. Read more…

Snoop dog

16 August 2013 by Alayna

Two young visitors sitting with a sniffer dog

This week’s star sniffer dog Rodney, with visitors Faye and Alice

Jane Donnelly, Border Force Immigration Officer is on secondment to Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered. Jane talks about her most recent experience.

“I am a Border Force Officer trained in ‘Legacy Immigration and Customs’ work. I am usually based at Manchester Airport and since the beginning of May 2013 have started a secondment at National Museums Liverpool with the team at Seized! I have been assisting the Curators with ideas for the gallery and shadowing the Education staff, learning how to facilitate sessions for visitors to the museum. Read more…

Wildlife under threat

2 April 2013 by Alayna

Seized! CITES display of endangered species

New display of endangered species

 

2013 marks 40 years of CITES the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. To commemorate this significant year, the Seized! gallery is showing a new, hard-hitting display of wildlife seizures.

On display are primate skulls and dried bats from the home of a retired couple in West Yorkshire. Hundreds of animal parts were discovered at their home, illegally imported from Indonesia and Africa. The couple were selling the specimens for a profit on eBay. Shocking imagery in the gallery shows their home filled with boxes of seized skulls. Read more…

Drugs Rush at Seized!

11 February 2013 by Sam

school pupils watching performance of play

A scene from the play

Here’s an update from Joyce Parr and Sarah Han, education managers at Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered, about this year’s Rush programme:


“It has been lovely to welcome schools again to our drugs awareness event, Rush which takes place each January at Seized! UK Border Force National Museum, based in the Merseyside Maritime Museum. After it finished were exhausted, but we have had a brilliant time, like the kids!

Despite the snow, we welcomed more than 700 young people. The award winning Rush programme (Kids Count Award in 2010) was developed because of concerns about the impact of drugs misuse on young people. We are lucky to work with the UK Border Force who give the museum lots of helpful back up. Read more…



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