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National Insect Week continues!

27 June 2014 by Tony

Insect delicacies?!

Insect delicacies?!

The events to celebrate National Insect Week 2014  are continuing this weekend at World Museum. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine will be bringing along some of their blood sucking insects, including the worlds most dangerous animal – the mosquito, and some of their close relatives.

Local bee keeper Doug Jones will be coming in on Saturday 28 June, with an observation hive to explain the challenges and rewards of ‘beeing a bee keeper’! And you will have the chance to try some ‘edible’ insects and decide for yourself if they deserve that title! Read more…

National Insect Week at World Museum

23 June 2014 by Tony

NIW-2014-Logoeditedfor-blogNational National Insect Week 2014 kicked off early this year with a series of events at World Museum. This weekend we hosted experts from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) who brought in some of their animals, and talked about the life saving research they undertake. Read more…

Would you like to meet a giant millipede?

13 June 2014 by Tony

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Would you like to meet a giant millipede?

National Insect Week (NIW) 2014 is nearly upon us and we’ll be holding a series of events celebrating insects from 21-29 June 2014, at World Museum.

As well as ‘close encounters’ sessions with impressive invertebrates such as the giant millipede pictured here, there will be behind the scenes tours of the insect collections, microscope sessions and craft activities. Read more…

Meet me at the museum

25 May 2014 by Dawn

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the Museum

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the museum

One of our Visitor Hosts, Jill Ireland, has been telling us about a new and friendly drop-in event at World Museum and Museum of Liverpool, called Meet me at the museum, which has been developed with older visitors in mind:

“Working on ‘Meet me at the museum’ has given me a fascinating insight into memories, and how simple things get us all talking, sharing stories and enjoying the company of strangers. The idea of the project is to engage with older visitors and take a nostalgic look back. It has attracted a wide and diverse audience, from older adults to grandparents with their grandchildren, and even some family groups. Read more…

Gill – a very handsome fish

23 May 2014 by Alyster

A black, white and yellow fish

Moorish Idol fish. Image courtesy of Brocken Inaglory on Wikimedia.

The Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) is a very handsome fish in my opinion. They elegantly glide through the water with their elongated dorsal fin trailing behind them. It’s believed this extended fin is to show off to potential partners about how attractive they are. If they have a short dorsal fin, which does happen as it lures some species of fish to nip at it, the fish will be seen as weaker than those with super long trailing fins, who were able to avoid being nibbled.  Read more…

City wildflower meadow at World Museum

16 April 2014 by Steve

A cowslip growing in the city garden.

A cowslip growing in the city wildflower meadow.

This week is National Gardening Week – the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.

During the last 14 months, we have been planting native wildflowers in front of World Museum. Our ambition is to create a colourful and diverse natural wildflower meadow that will brighten-up the existing grassed area and which will become a small urban wildlife refuge. We also would like to use this space to promote strong environmental messages.  Read more…

Fascinating fact: fish have good memories!

8 April 2014 by Alyster

Blue fish with a yellow tail

A Regal Tang

The Regal Tang (Paracanthurus Hepatus) is a stunning fish and arguably the best character in the wildy popular film, ‘Finding Nemo’. This probably explains why the sequel called ‘Finding Dory’ will be focused on her.

Dory in the film has short term memory loss, perhaps a nod to the urban legend that fish only have three second memories. I’m often asked if this is true. It’s not! I’m not sure where this has come from, it’s a bit of a myth. Read more…

Documenting Japan

7 April 2014 by Emma

Mark examining blade

Mark examining a blade from the Hibbert collection

It would be very difficult for us to document the many thousands of objects we have in our collections without the help of our volunteers. Mark Jones has been working on the Japanese sword collections for nearly two years and he wanted to share his interest in one of the collection’s most important collectors: Read more…

The Mayer Spoon: a glimpse into the future?

26 March 2014 by Gina

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When you next visit World Museum, make sure you don’t miss the ‘Mayer Spoon’, a very special object from Antiquities’ Celtic collection, now on display in the Weston Discovery Centre.

The spoon was once owned by Joseph Mayer, an avid collector, who gave his collection to Liverpool Museum (now World Museum) in 1867. Read more…

A day in the life of the Aquarium

24 March 2014 by Alyster

Alyster, one of our aquarists, getting ready to feed the sharks.

Alyster getting ready to feed the sharks.

Hello, I’m Alyster, an aquarist at World Museum. Today I’m going to tell you a bit about a ‘typical’ day working in the Aquarium – although each day can be very different from the last! I’m not the only aquarist who works at the museum. Myself and Ben (who has a starring role in the video below) take care of the majority of the husbandry, with help from our boss Paul, who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and is happy to relay his 15+ years of experience as an aquarist.  Read more…