Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AQ
England

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Website

E-mail

Press

press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Maritime archives & library

maritime.archives@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0151 478 4499

Education

0151 478 4788

Press

0151 478 4612

Fax

Press

0151 478 4777

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Set sail and drop anchor for a fun day out at Merseyside Maritime Museum - about the seafaring importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

See also

Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm. The Piermaster's House is open daily 10am-4.30pm.

The Maritime Archives and Library is open on Mondays and Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays), 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm.

Our Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery closed on 22 October and will re-open on 27 March 2015 as a new gallery, Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

Admission charges

All events, tours, exhibitions and activities are FREE.

The museum's collections reflect the international importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world, including the city's role in the transatlantic slave trade and emigration. The Maritime Archive and Library contains one of the finest collections of merchant shipping records in the UK.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Personalities, Maritime, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Land Transport, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Titanic & Lusitania; Emigrants to the New World; ship models; activities; Battle of the Atlantic; Lifelines; merchant shipping; Piermaster's House; the Art of the Sea; Seized! Revenue and customs uncovered; temporary exhibitions
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
People in the gallery

Seized! The Borders and Customs uncovered

  • 1 July 2009 — 31 December 2050 *on now

When you drop anchor at Merseyside Maritime Museum don’t miss Seized! The Borders and Customs uncovered - a permanent gallery unveiling attempts at smuggling and tax evasion that have kept our Customs Officers on their toes over the years!

The exhibition focuses on detective work, fighting crime, patrolling frontiers, catching criminals, undercover surveillance and an insight into the motives of the bad guys. Visitors can see items used for drugs smuggling such as carved African statues and garden gnomes, a chilling collection of smuggled weapons, and an emotive display of tourist souvenirs made out of endangered species.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Sail Away: Liverpool Shipping Posters

  • 16 May 2014 — 4 October 2015 *on now

This new display features 14 posters dating from 1888 to 1980, advertising Liverpool shipping companies. Many of these posters have never been on display before.

They are a record of the style, glamour and excitement of a long-gone era when sailing by liner was the only way travel. Starting out as simple bills of sailing, over time shipping company advertisements developed into highly designed full colour posters that reflected the changing needs and aspirations of passengers.

From emigrant services, through the age of luxury transatlantic liners, to latter day cruise ships, posters are snapshots from a time when global travel was still an unusual and often exotic undertaking. Together these posters show the changing face of passenger travel by sea.

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/exhibitions/sail-away/

On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants

  • 17 October 2014 — 4 October 2015 *on now

From the 1860s until the late 1960s more than 100,000 children were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries through child migration schemes. Some were orphans and many came from families who were unable to care for them. At the time charitable and religious organisations sent them overseas, with the belief that their lives would improve as a result. They were supported by governments for which these schemes supplied much needed population and labour.

Liverpool and Glasgow were the main departure ports for children sailing to Canada. Liverpool's Allan Line carried almost half of Canada's child migrants on its ships.

Siblings and friends were split up on arrival and left isolated, facing long hard days of labour in extremes of climate. This isolation often let to a lonely, brutal childhood.

This exhibition tells their emotional stories, and through detailed case studies, visitors will meet a number of child migrants and find out more about their different experiences.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/exhibitions/child-migrants/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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A Light Night at the Museum

  • 15 May 2015 5-10pm

Join us for a night of music, dance, poetry and art looking to the New World and commemorating the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania during the First World War on 7 May 1915 through the major new exhibition Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy. Free events for Light Night include: Shanties on the Brocklebank (in dock behind the Museum) 17.00-20.00 A performance of traditional sea shanties led by The Shanty Kings. Old Dock Tours 17.30, 19.00 and 20.30 Take a tour of Liverpool's historic Old Dock - the world's first commercial enclosed wet dock - with our expert guides. Discover how this revolutionary dock was key to Liverpool's development and see the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave Liverpool its name, under the streets of Liverpool One. Tours are free but pre-booking is essential - call 0151 478 4499. Singers from the Bellisimo Music Academy 19.00-20.00 Join the Academy students for an hour of maritime songs. Mermaids in their Element 18.00-19.00 Mysterious, alluring, and often deadly, mermaids have captured the imagination of writers and artists since the dawn of civilisation. Join Professor Sarah Peverley and The Liverpool University Players for a series of nautical-inspired readings and images that illustrate the different ways in which sea and its beguiling maidens have been portrayed in literature and art. From ancient epic and Anglo-Saxon poetry to pre-Raphaelite art and contemporary literature, we invite you to succumb to the lure of the siren... An evening of Chinese culture with China Pearl Join Fenfen Huang for an evening exploring Chinese music, dance, calligraphy and experience a traditional Tea ceremony.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

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Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy

  • 15 May 2015 10am-10pm

This new exhibition on the first floor of the Maritime Museum marks the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania, on 7 May 1915. The exhibition will also consider the role of Liverpool’s liners in the First World War.

The sinking of Lusitania was one of the most horrific incidents at sea during the First World War (1914-18). In early 1915 the German Government declared that all Allied ships would be in danger of attack in British waters
Lusitania sailed from New York on 1 May 1915 with 1959 people on board. On 7 May 1915 at 2.10pm, the liner was near Kinsale in Ireland when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-20 and sank in under twenty minutes with the loss of 1191 lives.

The sinking of this unarmed passenger ship caused international outrage - there were riots in Liverpool and London, as well as other cities around the world. The German government claimed that Lusitania was carrying military supplies and there is some evidence to support this
however, British and American enquiries later declared the sinking to have been unlawful. The event devastated the tight-knit dockland communities in north Liverpool, where most of Lusitania's crew lived. 405 crew members died, including many Liverpool Irish seamen.

Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy is part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

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Mermaids in their Element

  • 15 May 2015 6-7pm

Mysterious, alluring, and often deadly, mermaids have captured the imagination of writers and artists since the dawn of civilisation. Join Professor Sarah Peverley and The Liverpool University Players for a series of nautical-inspired readings and images that illustrate the different ways in which the sea and its beguiling maidens have been portrayed in literature and art. From ancient, epic and Anglo-Saxon poetry to pre-Raphaelite art and contemporary literature, we invite you to succumb to the lure of the siren...

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

House, Home and Washday

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=282

Take the interactive guided tour of the 1940s Piermaster's House and find out about technology and lifestyles sixty years ago. Help us with the family washing in the washhouse.

How to obtain

There are 15 places available in each 1 hour session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=282

Faith and Diversity Workshop

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=431

Work with artefacts from the Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Judaic, Christian and Sikh religions, plus films from Liverpool places of worship.

How to obtain

There are 30 places available in each 1 hour session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=431

Family Workshops

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatsonnet/index.aspx?venue=3

Enjoy family workshops with a nautical theme - art, craft and hands-on. Join in between 13.00 and 16.00, for all visitors.

How to obtain

Free activities, just drop in. Call the museum on 0151 4784499 for more details.

Second World War - The Piermaster's House

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=459

Find out what it would have been like to live in the Piermaster's house during the Second World War. Look at the technology, furniture and clothes, and listen to stories of wartime living.

How to obtain

There are 15 places available in each 1 hour session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=459

Tour through Liverpool's History

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=582

An interactive guided tour through the Magical History Tour exhibition. The tour uses costumes and props which hightlight the important periods of Liverpool's past.

How to obtain

There are 15 places available in each 50 minute session, which can be booked on Mondays – Fridays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=582

Tug Boat Tours

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/learningevents.aspx?id=581

Spend some time with our learning staff and the crew of museum's working tug Brocklebank. Find out about how she works and see what it is like to live aboard.
Pupils go aboard in small groups while the rest of the class follows a special Albert Dock trail.
Time aboard is about 40 minutes.

How to obtain

There are 30 places available in each 2 hour session, which takes place by request on Mondays. To arrange, please contact the bookings administrator on 0151 478 4441 or via the booking request form at http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/bookingform.aspx?id=581

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