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Two weeks in Dharamsala

10 November 2010 by Emma

Photo of townhouses and cars

Tibet Museum in Dharamsala

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently in India undertaking research on the Tibet collections held at National Museums Liverpool. Upper Dharamsala or Mcleod Ganj is home to the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and it is here that many cultural and governmental institutions were rebuilt after 1959 when many Tibetans including the Dalai Lama came to this small hill station to seek refuge.

Here you will find government offices, libraries and museums and a focus for many Buddhist pilgrims from around the world; the Tsuklagkhang.  In exile the Tsuklagkhang has become a focus for Tibetan Buddhist practice and in many ways acts as a replacement for the Jokhang, the seventh century temple which sits at the very heart of Lhasa in Tibet and is considered the most important Buddhist site for Tibetans. 

The Tsuklagkhang complex is home not only to the Dalai Lama’s official residence, but also the Tibet Museum, which tells through personal stories, photographs and video installations the events that changed individual Tibetans lives and choices and sacrifices those people made to reach India. I was impressed with the way those individual stories acted as symbols for the stories of many Tibetans who had made those journeys and unlike most museums I visit I read every word!  Read more…

Wading through the archives in India

15 October 2010 by Emma

View of mountain with rainbow in the sky

A rainbow after the monsoon rains.

It has been over two weeks since I set out for India to undertake research on the Tibet collections held at National Museums Liverpool. It has been a very busy couple of weeks.

I began my research in New Delhi and the National Archives of India. Here, there are held hundreds of thousands of records relating to the British Empire in India. Of particular interest to me are the many hundreds of records relating to Sir Charles Bell, a colonial officer based in Sikkim, a small Himalayan state on the Northeast frontiers of India tucked in between Nepal and Bhutan.  It was from here that Bell worked as a diplomatic agent for the British Indian government developing and maintaining relationships with Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet. During the twenty years he worked in the area he learnt the Tibetan language, understood, more than most, Tibetan culture and protocols and became a friend of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. Read more…

Researching Liverpool’s Tibet collection

23 September 2010 by Emma

A pale brick built building with steps leading up the entrance. Its pagaoda style roof is decorated with gilt Tibetan Buddhist embelms

The Norbulingka, near Dharamsala

Tomorrow, I fly to New Delhi, India… no, not to take part in the Commonwealth Games, but to begin nine week’s of fieldwork which, should result in new research relating to Liverpool’s Tibet collections. Although, I’m the full time Head of Ethnology here at World Museum, I’m also currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS), University of London and so I’m taking time away from the museum to carry out my PhD fieldwork. Read more…

A simple guide to horse packing

25 June 2010 by Emma

woman getting a large model horse out of a box

Getting Biscuit the horse ready for his photo opportunity!

Yes, you have read the title correctly! Here in the Ethnology department we are busily packing lots of objects ready for them to have their photographs taken, before they go on display in the Global City gallery of the Museum of Liverpool.

This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. One of the more tricky objects I’ve had today has been a large brightly decorated enamel horse, which is almost 1 metre long. The horse has a detachable mane (which looks a little bit like a toupe) and tail that all needed packing together to ensure it looks its best in front of the cameras. It turns out there is more than one way to pack a horse, but I decided on a nice simple solution of strapping the horse into a box, making sure it can’t move about while its being transported. You could say, it will be travelling in its own handmade horsebox. Read more…

Youth Volunteers Achieve Bronze Arts Award

3 June 2010 by volunteer

The Volunteers Team would like to send out congratulations to several of our youth volunteers who each passed their Bronze Arts Award last week.

The group of 12 young people (aged 16-25) have all volunteered as part of our Discovery Volunteers project based at World Museum. During this time they met with visitors on gallery and chatted about handling objects, having received lots of prior training from curatorial and education staff.

Our volunteers also attended several Arts Award sessions run by the Volunteers team, including a visit to Plantastic and writing up a project about their Arts Hero or Heroine. Read more…

Volunteers went WILD! at World Museum

19 May 2010 by volunteer

A few weeks back, during the Easter holidays, our wonderful team of Discovery Volunteers were on hand in the World Cultures Gallery at World Museum.

Each of the 24 youth volunteers underwent thorough training with curatorial and education teams and then put their knowledge to good use on gallery with interesting and engaging handling objects.

Our Discovery Volunteers had a brilliant time meeting with thousands of visitors and chatting to them about unusual objects, including Japanese netsuke and Arctic snow goggles. Volunteers provided information on what the object was used for and also the natural material it had been made from. This interest in natural resources is a key feature to reflect the Wild Wild World programme of events at World Museum to support the International Year of Biodiversity. Read more…

History of World Museum Liverpool

6 May 2010 by Kay C

Thursday 6 May is the day people have been talking about all across Liverpool: it’s the day our public lecture series features the history of World Museum Liverpool.

Liverpool’s Museum – The First 150 Years is the first of three great talks lined up for this afternoon’s session. Presented by our Executive Director of Collections, John Millard, the event starts at 2pm in the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, and is part of our celebrations in the museum’s 150th anniversary year. Read more…

Something for Thursdays

21 April 2010 by Kay C

Thursday afternoons are never going to be the same again…

I am really excited about our new Spring 2010 Public Lecture Series, which kicks off tomorrow (April 22). It’s being held at the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, and features a selection of subjects from our museums and galleries’ collections and exhibitions, from archaeology to contemporary slavery.

For the next four Thursdays, our curators will be talking about some of the fascinating things they have researched. Read more…

Wild Wild Handling on the World Cultures Gallery

7 April 2010 by volunteer

volunteers showing objects to visitors

Hello, it’s Claire Olson from the Volunteers team. This is the first official blog post from the Volunteers team, we will be keeping you updated on all the different volunteer activities happening from now on.

We are already well in to the second of three weeks of our Discovery Volunteers Go WILD! project, which links in to our Wild Wild World series of events to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity.

Our friendly team of 24 volunteers have been eagerly sharing their knowledge with visitors and helping them handle museum objects. In fact, last week alone our volunteers spoke with a staggering 1756 visitors on gallery, and this week looks set to be even busier! Read more…

Go wild with our Discovery Volunteers!

26 March 2010 by Sam

people in the museum and the discovery volunteers logo

For the past month a group of 24 volunteers aged 16-25 have been receiving in-depth training, prior to being let loose on gallery with specially chosen handling objects.
 
The group have worked with curators and education staff to learn about objects from our World Cultures gallery at World Museum; looking at how they were made and what they were used for. Linking in to our Wild Wild World series of events to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, our volunteers also found out about the natural materials each object was made from. The natural resources used are themselves very interesting and include snow goggles made from caribou antler and Japanese netsuke made from vegetable ivory.
 
Our friendly team of Discovery Volunteers will be in the World Cultures gallery passing on what they have learnt to  visitors from 11am – 4pm each day during the Easter holidays – Monday 29 March to Sunday 18 April.
 
Why not visit them and find out more. You will have the chance to quiz our volunteers, handle museum objects and even try some of them on!
 
Discovery Volunteers go wild! is supported by v, the national young volunteers service. You can find out more on the v website and the youth volunteering page of the National Museums Liverpool website. Read more…

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