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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 (20.11.60.2).

Nupe gown from Bida collected by Selim Aga in about 1857 (20.11.60.2).

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…

Beguiling, bold, brilliant bats!

19 August 2016 by Andrew

Laura and some of the young bats in her care

Laura and some of the young bats in her care

World Museum participates International Bat Night at the end of August with a series of Bat-themed events that celebrate our furry flying friends.

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Wildflower meadow boost from Dobbies

12 August 2016 by Steve

Equipment from DobbiesHere’s some really good news for the development our City Wildflower Meadow in front of World Museum. We set up the wildflower meadow back in 2013 and it’s still going strong.

We’ve just been given all of this equipment by Dobbies of Liverpool!  Read more…

New British spider found in Liverpool

8 August 2016 by Tony

A female Dendryphantes rudis

A female Dendryphantes rudis. Image by Richard Gallon.

I recently attended a ‘bioblitz’  at the 1984 Festival Gardens site in Liverpool along with zoology staff from World Museum.

The site is managed by The Conservation Volunteers on behalf of the Land Trust and has recently been extensively remodeled as a public green space.

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Finding Dory… at World Museum’s aquarium!

1 August 2016 by Lisa

Blue fish with a yellow tail - 'Finding Dory' blog

A Regal Tang

If you’ve watched ‘Finding Dory’ at the weekend, then you might want to read on and find out more about the beautiful blue Regal Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) – which is the real life fish she’s based on! We asked aquarist Alyster Chapman from our Aquarium, to tell us more about these stunning fish and why it’s important to keep them in the wild: Read more…

Our classical collections feature in Biennial exhibition at Tate Liverpool

27 July 2016 by Andrew

Ancient Greece episode at Tate Liverpool

Ancient Greece episode at Tate Liverpool

In April, we told you about Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Antiquities at World Museum and her involvement with this year’s Biennial in Liverpool – read it here. Working alongside curators at Tate Liverpool and Biennial, we were able to loan objects from our classical collections, in particular from Henry Blundell’s sculptural collections, forming part of the Biennial Ancient Greece Episode exhibition there. Chrissy says: Read more…

New Planetarium shows are out of this world!

16 June 2016 by Andrew

New Planetarium shows are out of this world!

New Planetarium shows are out of this world!

World Museum’s Planetarium launches a brand new programme of shows beginning on Monday 20 June.

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World Museum celebrates Tim Peake’s return to Earth

13 June 2016 by Andrew

Major Tim Peake telephones the museum from space!

Major Tim Peake telephones the Museum from space!

After six months floating almost 200 miles above the planet on the International Space Station, Major Tim Peake returns to Earth on Saturday 18 June.

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Half term fun

26 May 2016 by Megan

River Festival

River Festival

Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum’s is the big 3-0 this year and we are celebrating in style! We are taking you back to the 80s with DJ Barryoke playing the hits and a 1980s themed photo booth for visitors to capture all the fun. Performances, workshops and crafts will also be running over the two days (30 & 31 May). See our website for more details Read more…



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