The Queen and
The Duke of Edinburgh to visit new museum
HER Majesty The Queen,
accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit
Liverpool on Thursday, 1 December 2011. The Royal visit’s
first port of call in the city will be the new Museum of Liverpool,
where The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will take separate tours
around the Museum’s galleries, including those due to open the
following day on Friday, 2 December 2011. Before leaving
the Museum, they will unveil a plaque commemorating their visit to
the latest National Museums Liverpool venue, and sign the visitors’
book to mark this very special occasion; a landmark in the Museum of
Liverpool’s own history.
Phil Redmond, Chair of National Museums Liverpool said:- "It
really is an honour that the new Museum has been chosen to take part
in this visit, which will also see the Royal Party visiting other
locations around the city. It will be a major highlight in what’s
already been an incredible first five months for the Museum of
Liverpool. We look forward to welcoming The Queen and The Duke of
Edinburgh to the city’s historic waterfront, and giving them a real
sense of Liverpool, its history and its people all under one roof."
In order for the visit to take place, the Museum of Liverpool will
be closed to the public all day on Thursday, 1 December 2011, but
will reopen on Friday, 2 December 2011, when the newest galleries
will also be unveiled to the public.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will in fact be the first to
experience the four new galleries, including The Great Port and much
anticipated Liverpool Overhead Railway along with a 38 metre time
traveller’s timeline, and a gallery dedicated to Liverpool’s King’s
David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool said:-
"6 year old Finn O’Hare led the People’s Opening of the Museum of
Liverpool back in July when we launched the first galleries. Since
then, we’ve reached our half a million visitors mark, and the
visitors are continuing to come in huge numbers. The Museum of
Liverpool is a brilliant success, and it is a world class museum
that touches and appeals to everyone. We are extremely proud to be
sharing our success with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh as they
support us in marking the opening of the new galleries."
housing strategy raises false hope
DAVE Prentis, UNISON
General Secretary, has warnded that:- "the millions of people
on waiting lists, are living in unsuitable homes, or struggling to
get on the housing ladder, the Government’s latest bid to tackle the
housing crisis, does little more than cruelly raise false hope."
Decent, affordable housing is in short supply said the union,
but today’s announcement of £400m has to be seen in the context of
the 60% (£4billion), cut to the affordable housing budget announced
in last year’s spending review. Dave Prentis, went on to said that:-
"The level of demand for affordable homes is outstripping supply at
a rate of two to one. The government’s dogmatic refusal to spell out
the extent to which their measures will address this gap does not
give any grounds for optimism. We need serious long-term investment
in the housing sector to give people hope and to boost jobs and the
16 arrested in
VAT fraud investigation
16 people have been
arrested during early morning raids across Lancashire, Merseyside
and East Sussex by officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
investigating a suspected VAT fraud in excess of £4.3 million.
Around 85 investigators from HMRC, assisted by officers from a
number of police forces, carried out searches of 19 business and
residential addresses in Preston, Liverpool, Blackpool, Accrington
and Hastings on Thursday, 17 November 2011. The arrests follow
a long-running HMRC investigation, codenamed Operation Grassland,
into an alleged VAT fraud and the subsequent laundering of the
criminal proceeds, linked mainly to the building trade.
Peter Hollier, HMRC Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation
said:- "Operation Grassland is an HMRC-led investigation
targeting a suspected organised crime gang involved in VAT repayment
fraud and the laundering of the criminal profits. Further details
cannot be provided at this early stage, as our investigation is
continuing. However, tax fraud and attempts to launder the proceeds
of crime are treated extremely seriously by HMRC, and we will
relentlessly pursue any individuals or crime gangs believed to be
attacking the Public Revenue in this way."
We have been informed that all those arrested have now been bailed
pending further investigations.
New galleries at
the Museum of Liverpool
FROM December 2011,
visitors to the Museum of Liverpool will be able to witness the
brilliance of the Liverpool Overhead Railway for themselves, 55
years after it was demolished. Displayed on rails at its original
working height above The Great Port gallery, ‘motor coach No.
3’ is the last surviving carriage of its type from what was
once the famously known ‘Dockers’ Umbrella’.
Beneath it, The Great Port gallery charts the history of Liverpool’s
relationship with the River Mersey, and the people who dedicated
their lives to it. At the forefront of the Industrial Revolution,
Liverpool led the way with new technological developments including
canals, the first timetabled passenger railway, and the world’s
first elevated electrified railway line.
The gallery uses exhibits from National Museums Liverpool’s land
transport collection to bring the story of Liverpool’s great port to
life. Its centrepiece is the steam locomotive Lion (1838), along
with a Sentinel 10 to 12 ton Super Steam Tractor (1927) used widely on
the dockside, and the only known surviving Liver 3 ½ h.p. Phaeton
automobile (1900) manufactured by the William Lea Motor Co Ltd of
Birkenhead and Liverpool.
History Detectives will feature a 38 metre time traveller’s timeline
packed with objects, which forms the backbone of this gallery. It
spreads far back before the granting of Liverpool’s letters patent
(charter) in 1207 and pans forward into the future. On a unique
interactive map visitors can explore how places have changed and
reveal key events that have shaped local history.
City Soldiers focuses on the long history of the King’s Regiment
created in 1685. Liverpool’s regiment since 1881, it is now
amalgamated into the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. The gallery
utilises the Regiment’s collection, which includes film, video,
memoirs, uniforms, trophies and weaponry to tell its story.