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City wildflower meadow at World Museum

16 April 2014 by Steve

A cowslip growing in the city garden.

A cowslip growing in the city wildflower meadow.

This week is National Gardening Week – the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.

During the last 14 months, we have been planting native wildflowers in front of World Museum. Our ambition is to create a colourful and diverse natural wildflower meadow that will brighten-up the existing grassed area and which will become a small urban wildlife refuge. We also would like to use this space to promote strong environmental messages.  Read more…

Fascinating fact: fish have good memories!

8 April 2014 by Alyster

Blue fish with a yellow tail

A Regal Tang

The Regal Tang (Paracanthurus Hepatus) is a stunning fish and arguably the best character in the wildy popular film, ‘Finding Nemo’. This probably explains why the sequel called ‘Finding Dory’ will be focused on her.

Dory in the film has short term memory loss, perhaps a nod to the urban legend that fish only have three second memories. I’m often asked if this is true. It’s not! I’m not sure where this has come from, it’s a bit of a myth. Read more…

Documenting Japan

7 April 2014 by Emma

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Mark examining a blade from the Hibbert collection

It would be very difficult for us to document the many thousands of objects we have in our collections without the help of our volunteers. Mark Jones has been working on the Japanese sword collections for nearly two years and he wanted to share his interest in one of the collection’s most important collectors: Read more…

The Mayer Spoon: a glimpse into the future?

26 March 2014 by Gina

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When you next visit World Museum, make sure you don’t miss the ‘Mayer Spoon’, a very special object from Antiquities’ Celtic collection, now on display in the Weston Discovery Centre.

The spoon was once owned by Joseph Mayer, an avid collector, who gave his collection to Liverpool Museum (now World Museum) in 1867. Read more…

A day in the life of the Aquarium

24 March 2014 by Alyster

Alyster, one of our aquarists, getting ready to feed the sharks.

Alyster getting ready to feed the sharks.

Hello, I’m Alyster, an aquarist at World Museum. Today I’m going to tell you a bit about a ‘typical’ day working in the Aquarium – although each day can be very different from the last! I’m not the only aquarist who works at the museum. Myself and Ben (who has a starring role in the video below) take care of the majority of the husbandry, with help from our boss Paul, who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and is happy to relay his 15+ years of experience as an aquarist.  Read more…

Meet our clownfish (aka Nemo!)

18 March 2014 by Alyster

'Clownfish' (or Nemo!)

‘Amphiprion percula’, commonly known as a ‘Clownfish’ (or Nemo!) Image courtesy of Haplochromis via Wikimedia commons.

Hi, I’m Alyster and I’m an aquarist at the Aquarium at World Museum. Over the next few months I’m going to introduce you to some of the fish in our Aquarium. I’ll be picking out the characters from the film ‘Finding Nemo’ and telling you more about the real fish behind the animation!

I’m going to start with the characters Nemo, Marlin and Coral, who are all clownfish.

It’s safe to say our clownfish are one of the most popular fish in our aquarium, and often draw the most attention. Children and adults a like will point with glee and exclaim “NEMO!” It’s no surprise given the massive success of the film and the iconic look the clownfish has. Read more…

The Mayer Mirror: Celtic Style

18 February 2014 by Gina

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2014 is a very special year for the Isle of Man and I’m really pleased that the ‘Mayer Mirror’, one of World Museum’s Celtic objects, is playing a starring role in the island’s celebrations. The mirror will be going on loan to the exhibition ‘Celtic Style’, staged by Manx National Heritage, and is one of the highlights of ‘Island of Culture 2014’, the largest cultural celebration ever to have been held in the Isle of Man. Read more…

Exploring Asia at World Museum

6 February 2014 by Felicity

 

Miniature of a Mughal courtier

Miniature of a Mughal courtier

World Museum’s astounding collections are incredibly vast and varied. So much so, that we’re still exploring and learning more about many of them! This is definitely true of our paper-based Asia collections, as Emma Martin, Head of Ethnology and Curator of Asia Collections, explains: Read more…

Discover Islam at World Museum!

27 January 2014 by Felicity

Islam

Last year, World Museum hosted a fantastic event allowing visitors to have plenty of fun while discovering more about the Islamic faith. We’re very excited that the event will be returning this year, and event organiser Dr Zohaib Khan is here to tell us what’s in store: Read more…

Win tickets to Aida and Nabucco at the Empire!

24 January 2014 by Felicity

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Calling all fans of opera, theatre… and Egyptology! Aida and Nabucco, two of Verdi’s most loved operas, are coming to the Liverpool Empire in February – and we have a pair of tickets for each opera to give away! Read more…