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Edition No. 111

Date:- 09 August 2003

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Liverpool events

MERSEYSIDE Maritime Museum takes a look at Liverpool's seafaring heritage, brought to life in the historic Albert Dock.

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 merchant navy and the Titanic. Albert Dock, Liverpool Information desk 0151 478 4499, Open 10am to 5pm daily, Closed 23-26 December and 1 January, Admission Free.


Hidden Gems, 1 to 30 September 2003.

As part of Archive Awareness Month there will be a small display of rarely-seen items from the collections of National Museums Liverpool's Maritime Archives and Library. Evocative pieces on display include a telegraph sent by Mr. J. Bruce Ismay, Managing Director of White Star Line (owners of Titanic) to inform the company's New York office of the disaster. There is also a chart showing the movements of HMS Gorleston, when tracking U-boats as part of the Battle of the Atlantic in 1942, plus rare surviving emigration ephemera from 150 years ago, including tickets issued to emigrants by Henry Boyd, passenger agent, 1854-1859. 

Blue Funnel to China extended until December 2003 For over a century after its foundation in 1865, the Blue Funnel Line was the premier Liverpool shipping company trading to China. This exhibition draws mainly on the museum's extensive collection of material including posters, film, ship models and personal items from the crew. Meet the key characters involved in the story, from pioneers such as Alfred Holt, the inventor of the long distance engineer, to the former seafarers who still remember the company today. 

Spirit of the Blitz, looking at Liverpool in the Second World War 10 July 2003 to 6 June 2004 
This major exhibition commemorates a powerful and important subject by recounting the experiences of those who lived and worked through the Second World War in Liverpool, in particular the Blitz bombing of May 1941. The profound effects that the war had on the community of Liverpool are examined through the personal accounts of people from all walks of life and ages - a disappearing generation.  To accompany the exhibition the nearby Museum of Liverpool Life features a wartime garden and the Piermaster's House has been converted into a 1940s house for the summer. There is also be a display of wartime vehicles in the Great Western Railway building.

Events & Activities, Maritime Mondays Floor to floor tours of the Maritime Museum Monday afternoons (not available on 25 August) 2pm, 3pm Ships in Bottles Ever wondered how to put a ship in a bottle? Our expert Des Newton will show you how.

Saturday-Wednesday every week, 10am-4.30pm (variable lunch hour)

Spirit of the Blitz Response Zone. If you would like to share your thoughts and
memories after visiting the Spirit of the Blitz exhibition, you can write them on a postcard and add them to our Wartime notice board.

Available every day until 6 June 2004, 10am-5pm

Lights out! Meet Albert the ARP Warden on the Spirit of the Blitz gallery as he recalls tales of war time Liverpool. 9, 10, 19, 20, 24, 25, 27, 30 August, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 September, 5,12, 26, 28, 31 October, 9, 16, 23 November, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 December, 1.30 2.30 & 3.30pm

Titanic. Join us on the Lifelines gallery to listen to this incredible titanic Story 12, 22 August, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Knots, Tubs & Chisels Would you like to meet a traditional craftsman? If so, join us on the Lifelines Gallery and marvel at our demonstration of ancient and unusual skills.
13 August, 21, 27 September, 12.30-4.30pm
Tales of the River Bank.  Join us for a day of learning with a difference. Ever really wanted to visit a museum and explore what goes on? Do you want to find out more without ploughing through formal courses or lectures? No experience, qualifications or previous learning skills needed, just come along and enjoy a day of light hearted discovery with our friendly education team. In this session you can find out about how we use the famous River Mersey. We will talk about tides, shipping and the port. Plus lots of anecdotes and sailors' tales. Advance booking essential, telephone 0151 478 4441 for more details.
18 August, 11am-4pm

Mike McCartney's Liverpool Life brought to Life.
Don't miss the opportunity to see Mike McCartney will talking about his exhibition. Mike will also be auctioning 'Top Royal Rockabelia' in aid of UNICEF and the West Wirral Trust for Sport. Refreshments provided. FREE tickets available from the information desks at Museum of Liverpool Life and Maritime Museum, or ring 0151 478 4441. 21 August, 7-9pm in the Merseyside Maritime Museum lecture theatre Slavery Remembrance Day Lecture 'Paying Tribute To Our Ancestors in the Twenty First Century'.  Part of a programme of free events to celebrate 23 August, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition. Slavery Remembrance Day Memorial Lecture by leading African-American historian Lonnie G Bunch, president of the Chicago Historical Society Admission FREE, places limited, please call 0151 478 4818 To find out more log on to  22 August, 6.30pm 

Slavery Remembrance Day 2003 Quayside Event Free events on the quayside to celebrate 23 August, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition, including performances, readings, music and special guest Rudolph Walker from Eastenders. Admission is FREE and all are welcome. To find out more call 0151 478 4818 or log on 23 August 3.30pm

Merchant Tales from Around the World 
Join our resident storyteller in the Lifelines Gallery to hear a selection of story tales for young and old alike. 31 August, 3 September (Merchant Navy Day) 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

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