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Poppies – a botanist’s view

1 February 2016 by Geraldine

pressed yellow poppies mounted on paper

Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica. This specimen was collected in May 1949 from Hawkshead, Cumbria. Accession number 1987.376.98

As a botanist I was fascinated to see the Poppies: Women and War exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool, which includes botanical photographs of poppies in the field and draws on themes of strength and resilience inspired by the flower.

Poppies always invoke for me a feeling of happiness, large colourful flowers in bright garish colours. ‘Poppy’ refers to a group of species that cover a number of genera in the family Papaveraceae. The one that springs to mind for most people is Papaver rhoeas which is used as the symbol of remembrance and hope.  Read more…

Tim Peake to call World Museum from the International Space Station!

25 January 2016 by Felicity

Primary school children also celebrated Tim Peake's launch into space at World Museum

Primary school children also celebrated Tim Peake’s launch into space at World Museum

Exciting news just in! World Museum has been selected as the only venue in the UK to host a live educational in-flight call with Tim Peake during his mission on board the International Space Station. Read more…

We’re open late on Friday, to hang out with the stars!

21 January 2016 by Sarah

Space gallery at World Museum

Space gallery at World Museum

Find out what World Museum’s got in store for you this Friday, from Education Demonstrator at the planetarium, Patrick Kiernan:

“I can’t wait for our next star gazing evening at World Museum from 4.45pm – 8pm on Friday the 22nd January. It is part of our wonderful Destination Space programme which celebrates the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake’s mission on board the International Space Station. Read more…

The husband and wife who excavated pottery from tombs in Cyprus

21 December 2015 by Lynn

Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Antiquities, explores how distinctive red-polished pottery, excavated from tombs in Cyprus in the 1930s, came to be in our collections here in Liverpool.

Bowl from Vounous

A red-polished bowl from our own Vounous pottery collection

“Vounous is in Bellapaise in northern Cyprus and it is a site known for the famous, Early to Middle Bronze Age Cypriot period. Read more…

The Newsround crew join 300 excited school children for blast off!

16 December 2015 by Felicity

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Yesterday World Museum shared the amazing moment that astronaut Tim Peake blasted off on his journey to the International Space Station with 300 extremely excited Merseyside primary school children!

We were also joined by CBBC’s Newsround crew, which only made the moment more memorable for the children – we had lots of fans of the show in the room! Read more…

Objects from the voyages of Captain James Cook

24 November 2015 by Emma Martin

16677-RI 28.18Liverpool’s ethnology collections hold a small number of objects relating to the voyages of Captain James Cook (1728-1779). Cook made three voyages to the Pacific and Americas collecting both new knowledge, and also objects and specimens. Read more…

Introducing our collection of snakes, lizards and frogs

17 November 2015 by Lynn

Tony looking at snakes in a jarTony Parker, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, reveals the weird and wonderful collection of reptiles and amphibians… in jars!

“One of the things I find compelling about our collection of reptiles and amphibians is that they are stored in glass jars with strange-looking fluids, as if they are museum specimens straight out of the Victorian era. In fact, most of the specimens are actually from a much later period, including significant additions to the collection in the 1950s and 60s. Read more…

6 Christmas gifts you’ll want on your list

13 November 2015 by Lisa

christmas-felt-wreath-decorationsStarted your feverish browsing for Christmas gift ideas? Fear not, yule* have no problems finding the perfect gift in our online shop, with prices to suit all budgets! We’ve picked our top 6 gifts to get you started…

*see what we did there?  Read more…

Large Mason Bee stamp

4 November 2015 by Paula

Female Large Mason Bee

Female Large Mason Bee

Carl Clee, an Honorary Curator at World Museum, has been coming into the museum most Tuesday’s and Thursdays for the last 25 years, or so. Carl  re-discovered the Large Mason Bee in the UK in 1998. It was previously thought to be extinct and we have been studying its ecology and promoting its conservation management for the last 15 years. Here Carl tells us about this fascinating bee: Read more…

The Truly scary thing about bats!

30 October 2015 by Paula

Stevie the brown long eared bat

Stevie the brown long eared bat

Bats have a bad reputation and have long been associated with Vampires and Halloween but the really scary thing about bats, in our opinion, is that all bats in Britain are endangered species. This means that they are protected by law, and it’s illegal to disturb a bat or its roost, except if you find an injured bat and need to bring it in for veterinary care.

Laura Carter, an Education Demonstrator at World Museum is a volunteer bat carer with the Bat Conservation Trust and here she tells us about some of her charges: Read more…



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