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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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Don Pedro: the elephant that died twice

22 April 2016 by Emma Martin

Don Pedro (the elephant) standing proud at the centre of the Upper Horseshoe Gallery before 3 May 1941

Don Pedro (the elephant) standing proud at the centre of the Upper Horseshoe Gallery before 3 May 1941

University of Manchester student Lolo is working on our new online exhibition that will be launched 3 May. Here’s his latest blog on some of the objects and specimens that feature in it.

“Many of you may already know that the King of Prussia Jug was one of the Blitz survivors. But not all the stories relating to the museum’s objects and specimens had a happy ending. There were also hundreds if not thousands of casualties. I was very upset when we heard about the sad story of Don Pedro, a male Indian elephant once in the zoology collection. They say cats have nine lives, but poor Don Pedro had just two. Read more…

6 curious objects you never knew belonged to World Museum

8 September 2015 by Lisa

Echinodermata in jars

Spiky echinodermata from the World Museum’s zoology collections.

Devil’s guts and a unicorn horn? Find out about 6 curious objects you never knew were in the World Museum’s collections…

The collections at World Museum are vast. Really vast. There are 80,000 objects in the Antiquities collection alone. While searching through our online collections, I’ve discovered some very unusual objects: Read more…

Chasing Rainbows – Searching for the Rainbow Leaf Beetle on top of Snowdon

18 August 2015 by Paula

The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of Britain’s rarest insects

The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of Britain’s rarest insects. © Christoph Benisch – www.kerbtier.de

Tony Hunter, assistant Curator of Entomology tells us about a survey being carried out in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales:

“The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of our rarest insects and is protected in Britain by the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It is against the law to collect, disturb or even photograph it. Read more…

European Shark Week!

12 October 2012 by Lisa

Girl getting her face painted

There’s something fishy going on… it’s shark week at World Museum! Here’s Education Demonstrator Alyster Chapman to tell us more:

It’s that time of year again when Europe celebrates European Shark Week. We will be having shark activities this weekend, 13-14 October, at World Museum. 

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Wild Planet at World Museum

25 July 2012 by Laura

Louise Beard is volunteering with the Marketing and Communications team at the moment. Last week we sent her out to see Wild Planet, the latest exhibition at World Museum (runs until 28 October). Here is what she made of it:

Photograph from exhibition

Rajan snorkelling © Jeff Yonover/ Wild Planet

I visited the rather wonderful Wild Planet exhibition at the World Museum today. I’m no wildlife fanatic or, indeed, photography fanatic and I like nature programmes as much as the next person. But I was bowled over by this collection of stellar images. Read more…

The curious incident of the dog in the Billiard Room

6 October 2011 by Sam

skeleton of a dog with the head and one leg missing,laid out on a table

Here’s an interesting tale from senior organics conservator Tracey Seddon about one of the unusual objects that she has prepared for display in the Museum of Liverpool:

“If you live in Liverpool you will be familiar with the stunning Tudor mansion Speke Hall, south of the city next to Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The history of the families that lived there, from the Norrises who had it for nearly 400 years from the 1300s, to the Watts from 1795 to 1943, is well documented. But the Museum of Liverpool is soon to introduce a previously unknown member of the 1550s household – the pet dog. Read more…

You’ll never look at sharks the same way again!

5 October 2011 by Lisa

Here’s our Education Demonstrator at the Aquarium, Clare Allen, to tell us about her favourite sea animal – the shark! We have some great shark-related activities coming up at World Museum, so read on to find out more…

Face painting

Me and the rest of the aquarium team are busy gearing up for this years European Shark Week. We are particularly excited this year as we are screening the award-winning film ‘Shark Water’ as well as running some fantastic sharky activities. Every year we join up with The Shark Trust to put on activities for European Shark Week – find out about all our sharky fun this year on our ‘Wonderful World’ events page.

When people ask me what my favourite animal in the sea is I have to say the shark. They are truly amazing and charismatic animals, thought they are hugely misunderstood. They have been on this earth since before the dinosaurs and come in all shapes and sizes. My very favourite shark is the Whale Shark. Thought to grow over 20 meters in length it is the largest fish in the sea, but this gentle giant eats only plankton. Read more…

Say hello to Yoko the meerkat

11 August 2010 by David

Our Name the Meerkat competition is now closed and the team at World Museum have chosen a winner! We had some great names suggested – Florence, Meercartney, Scrunchie – but the name that really stood out as being the team’s favourite was Yoko, suggested by Charlotte Kenny, who came to World Museum on Saturday 7 August with her family to collect her prizes. Congratulations Charlotte!

A girl with a baby meerkat on her shoulder surrounded by her family

Competition winner Charlotte with Yoko and her family at World Museum

Charlotte won a goody bag of meerkat treats, presented to her by Stephen Rowlands from Tropical Inc, the owners of Yoko and lots of other exotic animals who visit World Museum. Check out the other names suggested on the World Museum Facebook page. Read more…

Green monster loose in the World Museum

11 June 2010 by Lisa

Ever wondered what might happen if one of the animals in the museum escaped? To continue our celebration of the World Museum’s 150th anniversary, we have asked Senior Education Manager of sciences, Mike Graham to tell us about one of his memories from working in the Aquarium in the 1970s…

Fish at the aquarium

Some of Mike’s fishy friends from the aquarium

I started in 1972 at the museum in Liverpool when it was the city museum. We had 26 four-foot, cube shaped, aquaria displaying temperate and tropical marine fish, invertebrates and temperate and tropical freshwater fish. We also had a number of displays of snakes lizards, spiders and other invertebrates. It was a brilliant place to work and in those days it was at the cutting edge of aquarium technology. Every day was different with something new to see and experience. We accepted numerous donations from the general public with surprising results.

We were once offered a large green Iguana which had out grown its owner’s home. It’s owner told us that it was about 4.5 foot long – which we assumed was an exaggeration – and when she appeared with a tiny zipped shopping bag, we thought our assumptions were correct. I made the big mistake of opening it in the public gallery to have a quick look and this 4.5 foot monster poked its head and shoulders out of the bag. How she got it in there in the first place was beyond me! It scanned the area in a nonchalant sort of way and then leapt out and scuttled off down the gallery. We had a marble floor and it wasn’t really able to run on this surface, so it made loads of noise which alerted the visitors and of course lead to absolute pandemonium. I rugby tackled it at the end of the corridors and managed to get back into the lab area. Read more…

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