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Ten years of World Museum

28 April 2015 by Sam

lots of people in the museum

Crowds getting their first look at the new atrium on Friday 29 April 2005

Just before 5pm on the afternoon of Thursday 28 April 2005, the very last visitors left through the old entrance of what was then know as Liverpool Museum and walked down the steps to William Brown Street. A fairly insignificant event but this did mark the end of an era.  Read more…

Conserving Egyptian animal mummies

17 April 2015 by Tracey

several small animal-shaped mummies on a table

A recent arrival here in the organics conservation studio is this strange little collection of Egyptian animal mummies from World Museum.

Here we have pear-shaped folded-up birds, cats with painted faces, a fish, a very small dog, crocodiles and something very neat in the shape of a miniature human mummy. Read more…

A visit to the World Museum, organics department

9 April 2015 by Ann

Venatio

People share a tremendous enthusiasm and passion for our collections across the world. One of the less visible sides of curators’  and conservators’ work is the facilitation of access to our collections for the purposes of different types of study and research. Gary Haverty is an MA student at the University of Galloway in Ireland and here he talks about his passion for studying Consular Ivory Diptychs and what he gained from examining closely the important examples from our collections.

“Some of the unsung wonders of the ancient world lie shrouded in the organics conservation studio of World Museum. I first became interested in consular ivory diptychs as a Classics postgraduate with an interest in art history. While unpicking the tapestry of scholarship from scholars such as Alan Cameron and Anthony Cutler, I began to uncover some powerful and colourful insights into the social and political lives of the Roman Consul. Driven by an appetite, for not just the facts and figures, but to subject these commemorative objects to autopsy, I contacted Dr Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Classical Antiquities. Read more…

Our international collections: Liverpool, Cleveland and Southport!

10 March 2015 by Ann

Antiquities blog

Here’s  our curator of classical antiquities, Chrissy Partheni, to tell us about where some of our ‘travelling’ collections will be on show:

“At National Museums Liverpool we always strive to increase access to our collections in different ways. We display our collections at our various venues as a way of facilitating public access and interpretation, but we also share our collections with other institutions ( museums, galleries, heritage and other public venues ). Recently the Cleveland Museum of Art, USA and the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport have borrowed significant pieces from our Ince Blundell collection.  Read more…

Chinese travelling shrine

2 March 2015 by Tracey

Chinese shrine being cleaned.I have just started getting this intriguing object ready to go out on loan. This shrine is from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, and is of a type typically used on junks by Chinese seafarers in the 18th century.  Read more…

Exciting plans for World Museum’s Ancient Egypt galleries

27 February 2015 by Felicity

Image of a mummy from World Museum's collection

A new ‘Mummy Room’ will house 12 mummies

Fantastic news! World Museum has received a grant of £300,000 towards the expansion and improvement of our much-loved Ancient Egypt galleries.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation have endorsed the exciting project through the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, which includes plans to build a new ‘Mummy Room’ and to redisplay 4,000 incredible objects, some of which have never-before been publically shown. Read more…

Global Scouse Day 28 February

27 February 2015 by Stacey

Image of a bowl of Scouse

We’ll be serving Scouse on Global Scouse Day – veggie options available too!

Ben Sheeran, our Head Chef is excited to talk about Global Scouse Day and the importance of this great local dish:

“I blogged last year about Global Scouse Day and it’s great to see the momentum this time around with lots of restaurants and cafes getting behind our most famous local dish. We all have favourite memories of Scouse whether it’s a family recipe or we’re simply proud of our own personal take on this local speciality. Read more…

Unicorn horns and walking sticks: a curious history of ivory

12 February 2015 by Lynn

Detail of a narwhal tusk

Close up detail of narwhal tusk

Gina Muskett, former curator of Antiquities, here tells us about unicorn horns and the walking stick, and our ivories collection.


 

One of my favourite parts of the antiquities collection is the group of carved European ivories and I’d like to share the stories of a couple with you.  Read more…

A memorable time at World Museum!

10 February 2015 by Ann

Purcell family at World Museum

Today we bring you a blog from Carlos (12yrs), José (9yrs), Rio (8yrs) & Tiana (5yrs) Purcell who had such a lovely day at World Museum they wrote in to tell us about it.  We’re delighted they had such a fabulous time!

Mum took us to World Museum to look at some artefacts donated by our Great grandfather.  Armed with notepads and colouring tools we explored the exhibitions, drawing our favourite objects from around the world. Read more…

New acquisition: a ‘Basaon’ oracle set from Senegal

4 February 2015 by Zachary

Owen Burnham demonstrating how the Basaon oracle is used.

Owen Burnham demonstrating how the Basaon oracle is used.

It is not often that I get offered a really well documented object as a donation to the World Museum’s African collection. Last month I was pleased to accept a unique addition to the collection consisting of a rare divination set, or oracle, from Senegal in West Africa. The oracle, called a Basaon, is used by the Balanta Kanja people of the Casamance region in Southern Senegal and is one of very few remaining oracles of its type.  Read more…

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