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Toys are Us!

13 April 2010 by Lucy

Every year, kids go crazy for one toy that then sells out everywhere and is nigh-on impossible for parents to get hold of. Remember that film Jingle All The Way, when Arnold Schwarzenegger spends the entire film trying to get hold of a Turbo Man for his son? That’s almost what it was like trying to get hold of a Tamagotchi for my brother’s eighth birthday…

However, the old ones were always the best, and as much as feeding a Tamagotchi, cleaning up after it, and making sure it had 100% happiness was fun (?!) the batteries did tend to run out after some time, much to our mum’s delight! Read more…

It’s Everlution!

12 March 2010 by Karen

Today is the anniversary of a momentous event for football fans in Liverpool and beyond. It was on this day in 1892 that Everton Football Club split in two, with half of the members leaving their home at Anfield and moving to a new site a few hundred yards away at Goodison Road, and the remaining members staying to form Liverpool Football Club.

The Everton Collection website features the actual minute book from 25 January 1892 that describes the members’ final offer to Mr Houlding, the owner of the ground they were currently leasing, and the resolution to move to Goodison Road if the offer was not accepted. The rest is history. There’s more on the Anfield Split as it came to be known, including the politics and personalities that contributed, in a special feature on the site. Read more…

Lewis’s heyday recalled in a new exhibition

22 February 2010 by Sam

photo of empty shop interior

Copyright Stephen King

Today the sad news was reported that after 154 years of trading the department store Lewis’s is to close.

Even without its famous cheeky statue, the store has dominated Renshaw Street as long as anyone can remember, as this photograph from the Stewart Bale collection shows. Several generations of local people have shopped and worked there.

The news of the closure adds extra poignancy to the stories told in the next exhibition to open at the National Conservation Centre, Lewis’s fifth floor: a department story. The exhibition features recent pictures by local photographer Stephen King of the faded glamour of a whole floor of Lewis’s which has not been open to the public since the 1980s. Read more…

Travelling cabinets

3 February 2010 by Lisa

The second story taken from the archives this week about World Museum, is from 1888. I’m not sure how our curators would feel about sending cabinets of precious specimens out to schools today, but at that time the museum’s ‘schools loans service’ provided a great way for children to learn about different types of artefacts while in the classroom.

A cabinet of animal specimens

A portable museum!

On 3 February 1888 John H Wood, Secretary of the Liverpool and District Teachers’ Association, wrote a letter to the museum in praise of its schools loan service: Read more…

Hide and seek at the museum!

2 February 2010 by Lisa

This week is a bumper week for our memories of the World Museum as we continue to pull out historic gems from the museum’s archives from the last 150 years. We have two interesting tales for this week in history. Firstly a report of ‘rowdyism and almost unimaginable crowds’ from 2 February 1935, when the Liverpool Post quoted museum director Dr. Douglas Allan complaining that the museum was overcrowded and disorderly on Sundays:

Black and white photo of Dr Douglas Allan writing

Dr. Douglas Allan: preferred promenading to hide-and-seek.

“…according to Dr. Allan, the number of people who crowd into the museum on Sundays is becoming unmanageable.  Many of the visitors are very young children, who occupy their time mainly in games of hide-and-seek… It is proposed, therefore, that children must be accompanied by guardians.  The limitation of the total attendance at any one time to a figure  consistent with both convenience and safety is also apparently desirable.  Is this thronging of the museum an indication that there are not sufficient facilities in other directions for indoor and outdoor relaxation on Sundays?” Read more…

Never at sea

27 November 2009 by Sam

roleplayer in Wrens uniform

Copyright Lee Doherty

Emma Walmsley from the Maritime Museum’s Education team has just introduced a new character to her repertoire of historical figures. Here she describes how she researched and prepared the performance in order to make it as true to life as possible:


“November saw the first performances of ‘Never at sea’ at the Maritime Museum – a new piece set in Liverpool during World War Two focusing on the city’s involvement in the Battle of the Atlantic. 

I play a fictional Wren, May Hatton, based in the secret underground HQ at Derby House which was responsible for co-ordinating the convoys bringing our supplies into the port and for training escort commanders in tactics for contending with the U-Boat threat. Read more…

Thanks to Stephen Shakeshaft for the memories

20 November 2009 by Sam

photo of children on bikes watching men leading carthorses down street

Copyright Stephen Shakeshaft

The photographs in the exhibition Liverpool People by Stephen Shakeshaft have struck a real chord with visitors and brought back a lot of memories, as the comments made during reminiscence sessions in the exhibition have proved. Some of these comments have been included with the photos on the exhibition website now, and there are more below.

If you would like to take part in a reminiscence session there are a few more planned, with the next one taking place tomorrow afternoon. Full details are in the exhibition events programme on the website. Read more…

New lives

9 November 2009 by stepheng

Black and white photo of an old lady in a public park

Sarah Jane Parsons in Bridlington, 1950. Image courtesy Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.

Homesickness is like seasickness – you only feel better once you’ve stopped travelling. I have suffered from both and hope I never experience them again.

Longing for home gnaws away at the soul and is almost impossible to eradicate. I found that it was just as much the loss of my cultural roots as the absence of family and friends.

The logistics of moving huge numbers of emigrants through Liverpool involved everything from supplying cabins to the plates they ate off – it was very big business indeed. Read more…

Passenger port

19 October 2009 by stepheng

Frawing of people being waved off ona  ship

An Illustrated London News image showing a Cunard ship leaving Liverpool in 1881

My great aunt married as a very young teenager in Malta (this was 100 years ago).

The child bride later settled in Knotty Ash after giving birth to three children in quick succession nicknamed Boy, Girl and Baby.

Girl became a GI bride in the Second World War and emigrated to the US with her new husband, leaving Boy and Baby behind. Years passed and Girl wrote to say she was coming home to Liverpool for a visit. Read more…

Victoria Cross for new museum

13 October 2009 by Lucy

On Friday 9 October 2009, we were visited by soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, to support the handover of a rare and historical item to add to the new Museum of Liverpool’s collection.

The object is a Victoria Cross (VC), and although it has been looked after by National Museums Liverpool for some time on loan, it has now been donated to our permanent collections to go on display in the new museum when it opens in 2011. Read more…

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