Free family fun at National Museums Liverpool this half-term

18 October 2016 by Megan

skeleton-blogAre you in for a trick or treat this Halloween at National Museums Liverpool? There is an exciting line up of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy across the museums and galleries this half-term. Join in with spooky lanterns, ghost stories, skeletons and Day of the Dead celebrations. Read more…

Snakes mummy revealed

14 October 2016 by Ashley Cooke

A bundle of mummified snakes wrapped in linen bandages.

Object no. M13645 – a bundle of mummified snakes, date uncertain (c. 600 BC – AD 200). Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867.

It’s been a busy week in the run up to opening Animal Mummies Revealed, but somehow we managed to fit in X-raying seven animal mummies.

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Top five gift picks for Animal Mummies Revealed

14 October 2016 by Stacey

egyptian bast cat plush toy

Egyptian Bast Cat Plush Toy

Animal Mummies Revealed opens at World Museum today, and alongside the exhibits on display, there’s the perfect range of gifts and souvenirs to take away from our pop up shop on gallery.

We are really excited by the exhibition, Retail Assistant Merchandising Manager, Karen Taylor particularly. She studied Egyptology prior to joining the museum and used her insight and passion to select the gifts for visitors to the exhibition. Here are Karen’s top five picks.

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Animal Mummies Revealed

7 October 2016 by Ashley Cooke

cat mummyOur next exhibition Animal Mummies Revealed opens on 14 October at World Museum.

Among the 113 artefacts in the exhibition are 34 from World Museum’s ancient Egyptian collection, many of which have never been on display before. ‘Animal Mummies Revealed’ brings together mummies of all shapes and sizes, and a range of other artefacts from across the UK for the country’s first ever exhibition devoted to why the ancient
Egyptians mummified animals and gave them to their gods as gifts. Read more…

An iCatching trip…

5 October 2016 by Stacey

Front cover of National Museums Liverpool Christmas BrochureMost people begin planning for Christmas around now, but for some – including National Museums Liverpool’s Trading and Events teams, it’s always on the agenda!

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The Shipping Gallery at Liverpool Museum

4 October 2016 by Emma Martin

A model ship with sails being studied by two young boys in school uniform

The Leader model was the museum’s first ship model, acquired in 1862 for the Mayer Museum, the predecessor of Liverpool (now World) Museum.

In the final blog in our series on World Museum and the Blitz I asked Rebecca, Curator of Maritime History at the Merseyside Maritime Museum to tell us about the development of the now lost Shipping Gallery which was once described as “the department which probably holds the greatest public interest, particularly for the citizens of Liverpool” Read more…

Jars for the afterlife

12 September 2016 by Lynn

Canopic jarsThe first in a series of blogs from Marion Servat-Fredericq, Assistant Curator of Antiquities, reveals aspects of the fascinating culture of Ancient Egypt through some objects from our collection.

“We have put some of the most popular objects from our Egyptian collection on display online while the Ancient Egypt gallery is closed for extensive refurbishment.  This beautiful set of Egyptian canopic jars, also on display in the atrium, give us insight into Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. Read more…

All creatures great and small: netsuke at World Museum

9 September 2016 by Emma Martin

Emma and Helen installing netsuke on the new mount

Emma and Helen installing netsuke on the new mount

Last week we re-displayed some of our new Japanese netsuke in the World Cultures gallery in World Museum. This wonderful collection of carved toggles was given to the museum in memory of the well-known 20th century collector Jonas Goro Gadelius.

Each year we refresh the display bringing a new group of netsuke out from the stores. This year I chose the theme ‘mini beasts’ and we now have a new mount inspired by a bonsai tree. Read more…

Piecing together an excavation

6 September 2016 by Chrissy

The excavation at Kouklia in progress

The excavation at Kouklia in progress

My mother is from the town of Morphou in Cyprus and I therefore have always felt a special connection with the Cypriot collections in the antiquities department. One significant group is material from Kouklia, from a joint excavation between our museum and St. Andrews University. The excavation was ambitious and of significant scale and attracted a lot of media attention as a result. It was undertaken across five successive seasons from 1950 – 1955. It’s hard to imagine museums having the resource to undertake such a large excavation today in the current economic climate.  Read more…

Selim Aga: African-born explorer

30 August 2016 by Zachary

Nupe gown from Bida collected by Selim Aga in about 1857 (

Nupe gown from Bida collected by Selim Aga in about 1857 (

After Liverpool Museum opened in its new building on William Brown Street in October 1860 (now World Museum), the first five African artefacts it acquired a month later were purchased from the African-born explorer Selim Aga. Aga acquired these five artefacts in the interior of Nigeria on the voyage of the Dayspring. You can find out more about Selim Aga and see the items he collected in our new Selim Aga online collection.

The Niger Expedition ship the Dayspring, built at Lairds in Birkenhead 1857.

The Niger Expedition ship the Dayspring, built at Lairds in Birkenhead 1857.

But the objects in this group only hint at Aga’s remarkable life as an explorer. Read more…

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