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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…

My labour of love for John Gilbert, legendary bird expert

28 January 2015 by Lynn

Paradise parrot

Gilbert discovered the Paradise Parrot, sadly now extinct, on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland in 1844.

Clem Fisher, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology talks about her obsession with and extensive research into the work of John Gilbert, ornithologist, curator and explorer.


I first became interested in the collections of John Gilbert when I started work as “Trainee, Natural History” in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum Liverpool) in 1975.

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Going back to my roots: the curator of classical antiquities

23 December 2014 by Ann

Chrissy Parthini

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a curator for National Museums Liverpool?  Here Chrissy Partheni tells us about her first few weeks doing just that.

Having worked at National Museums Liverpool for 15 years in roles that involved interpretation and public engagement as well as partnerships with other museums I am honoured and excited to take up the post of the curator of classical antiquities at World Museum. The significant variety and quality of the collections, ranging from Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean art to classical pottery, the Ince Blundell sculptures, and the Anglo Saxons.  Read more…

Why World Museum is a hit with the kids

3 December 2014 by Lynn

Boy enjoys snakes exhibitionWith a huge range things to see including a planetarium, dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt gallery, our bug house and an aquarium – there really is something for everyone in World Museum.

We think it’s a great place for kids.  Happily for us, it’s not just us that think this –  World Museum has just won the ‘Best day out for under 12s’ at the Family Go Live awards. Yay!

So, what is it that appeals most to children at the museum?
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Tad, the yellow longnose butterflyfish

13 November 2014 by Alyster

Yellow-Longnose-Butterflyfish

Longnose butterflyfish. Image by Nick Hobgood via Wikimedia Commons.

‘Tad’, the longnose butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus) has a pretty small part in ‘Finding Nemo’. But these fish are stunning and interesting, and since we keep them in the aquarium at World Museum, it would be a shame not to mention them due to Tad being a bit-part.

The most striking feature of Yellow Longnose butterflyfish are their long noses. Read more…

Subtle beasts

7 November 2014 by Zachary

Bakongo Chief's staff collected by A. Ridyard in 1895. WML 9.7.95.41.

Bakongo Chief’s staff collected by A. Ridyard in 1895. WML 9.7.95.41.

Snakes hold a universal fascination, so it is not surprising that our new ‘Sssnakes Alive‘ exhibition at World Museum is drawing large audiences. We all know that some snake species are highly venomous, but people’s fascination with snakes cannot be explained by the fear factor alone.  Read more…

Jacques, the Pacific cleaner shrimp

29 October 2014 by Alyster

Pacific cleaner shrimp

Pacific cleaner shrimp

We have many of the fish from ‘Finding Nemo’ at the Aquarium, but the non-fish we have from the film is the Pacific cleaner shrimp (‘Lysmata amboinensis’), which is the character  Jacques. I love invertebrates and this shrimp is in my top ten!  Read more…

Bug House photography competition 2014 winners!

1 October 2014 by Lisa

Bug laying eggs on a leaf

Bug laying eggs, Phoebe Jones, age 5.

The jury at World Museum has had a tough time ‘beetling away’, looking at all the entries into our 2014 Bug House photo competition!   Read more…

‘Deb’ the humbug damsel

29 September 2014 by Alyster

A humbug damsel.

A humbug damsel.

‘Deb’ from ‘Finding Nemo’ is most like our species of fish the humbug damsels (Dascyllus aruanus).   Read more…

‘Bubbles’ the yellow tang

2 September 2014 by Alyster

A yellow tang.

A yellow tang.

‘Bubbles’ – from the film ‘Finding Nemo’ – is a yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) who is obsessed with the bubbles that come out of a treasure chest in his tank.   Read more…

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