Museums and Heritage Centres
NATIONAL MUSEUMS LIVERPOOL www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
The eight venues in the National Museums Liverpool group are World Museum Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, the National Conservation Centre, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House and the Museum of Liverpool.
Web links to each of the museums can be found at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk which gives details of locations, opening times, admission charges and onsite facilities.
WORLD MUSEUM LIVERPOOL www.worldmuseumliverpool.org.uk
World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN
World Museum Liverpool combines historic treasures from across the globe with the latest interactive technology to make an unbeatable family day out. Our internationally important collections include archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences as well as Britain's only free Planetarium. With everything from real live bugs to Egyptian mummies, prehistoric pottery to space exploration, as well as lots of hands-on fun, there's something for everyone inside.
WALKER ART GALLERY www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker
William Brown Street , Liverpool, L3 8EL
Telephone 0151 478 4199
The national gallery of the North, housing outstanding collections of British and European art from 1300 to the present day. Well known works include stunning renaissance masterpieces and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. Visitors are also bound to recognise many other much loved works on our walls such as 'And when did you last see your father?' and the famous Tudor portraits.
MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime
Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
The Merseyside Maritime Museum in the historic Albert Dock tells the story of one of the world's greatest ports. Discover Liverpool's central role in centuries at sea as the gateway to the new world, how the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland tragedies affected the city and how merchant navy ships operating out of the port have provided a lifeline in times of war and peace. The museum now also includes Seized! Revenue and Customs uncovered - the museum of the HM Revenue and Customs collections
INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM www.internationalslaverymuseum.org.uk
Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
This exciting new museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery, addressing the many legacies of the slave trade and telling stories of bravery and rebellion amongst the enslaved people. These are stories which have been largely untold.
NATIONAL CONSERVATION CENTRE www.nationalconservationcentre.org.uk
Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 6HZ, Merseyside, England
Science meets art in this award-winning venue that reveals the important behind-the-scenes work of museum conservators to the public. Everything in National Museums Liverpool's diverse collections from Roman sculpture to fabulous Vivienne Westwood outfits come here to be preserved and restored. Find out how our conservators use the latest scientific techniques to investigate these objects and unlock their secrets.
LADY LEVER ART GALLERY www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
The Lady Lever Art Gallery is the beautiful legacy of soap magnate and discerning art collector William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme. The gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings but also has outstanding collections of Wedgwood, Chinese porcelain and 18th century furniture among the treasures on show. Named in memory of Lever's wife, the gallery forms the centrepiece of Port Sunlight, the garden village built for his workforce.
SUDLEY HOUSE www.sudleyhouse.org.uk
Mossley Hill Road , Aigburth, Liverpool, L18 8BX, Merseyside, England
MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml
The new Museum of Liverpool will be one of the world's leading city history museums. Building on the success of the former Museum of Liverpool Life, which closed in 2006, the new museum will demonstrate Liverpool's unique contribution to the world and showcase popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. It will be housed in a new landmark building at the Pier Head, at the core of the World Heritage Site on Liverpool's famous waterfront.
SPEKE HALL, GARDEN AND ESTATE www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-spekehall
The Walk, Liverpool L24 1XD
One of the most famous Tudor manors in Britain, a superb Tudor house with rich interiors, along with fine gardens and estate. Intriguing period interior: discover the secret priest's hole and 'thunderbox' toilet. Countryside walks, with panoramic views over the Mersey Basin towards North Wales.
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20 FORTHLIN ROAD , ALLERTON www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-20forthlinroadallerton
20 Forthlin Road , Allerton, Liverpool L24 1YP
Telephone: 0844 800 4791 (Infoline)
The childhood home of music icon Sir Paul McCartney and his brother Michael. One of the most important houses in the history of popular music. The Beatles composed and rehearsed some of their earliest songs there. Authentically furnished as it would have appeared during the 1950s and early 60s when Paul and his family lived there. Houses display of family photographs taken by Michael McCartney.
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Childhood home of 20th-century icon John Lennon where some of the earliest Beatles' hits were first composed. A unique insight into the life and times of John Lennon as a boy through photographs, documents and other fascinating memorabilia
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Other Liverpool Museums
MR HARDMAN'S PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-59rodneystreet
59 Rodney Street , Liverpool L1 9EX
Beautiful Georgian terraced house – the former studio and home of the renowned local photographer E. Chambré Hardman and a unique time capsule of Liverpool life in the mid 20th century. There is a small exhibition space devoted to a selection of Hardman's work and his amazing techniques for photographing people and landscapes.
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LIVERPOOL WAR MUSEUM : THE WESTERN APPROACHES www.liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk
Tel: 0151 227 2008
WILLIAMSON TUNNELS HERITAGE CENTRE www.williamsontunnels.co.uk
The Old Stableyard, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool, L7 3EE
Telephone: (0151) 709 6868
The Williamson Tunnels are a labyrinth of tunnels and underground caverns under the Edge Hill district of Liverpool in north-west England. They were built in the first few decades of the 1800s under the control of a retired tobacco merchant called Joseph Williamson. The purpose of their construction is not known with any certainty. Theories range from pure philanthropy, offering work to the unemployed of the district, to religious extremism, the tunnels being an underground haven from a predicted Armageddon. Although some of the tunnels have been lost over the years, a lot of them still exist today, under what is now a residential area. One section of the tunnels has been cleared and renovated and is open to the public. The remaining parts of the labyrinth are closed, with many suspected tunnels yet to be rediscovered. Friends of Williamson's Tunnels is a voluntary organisation which is trying to find and excavate the whole of the system. We are one of the biggest local history societies in Britain. It is a rectangle of land bordered by Mason Street, Grinfield Street, Smithdown Lane and Paddington. This is a few hundred metres from the city's landmark Metropolitan Cathedral.
WIRRAL MUSEUM www.wirral.gov.uk/ed/wirral_museum.htm
Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, L41 5BR, Wirral, England
1 Taylor Street , Birkenhead, CH41 1BG , Wirral, England
Birkenhead is a town packed with transport heritage, it is the home of Cammell Lairds shipyard and the home of the European tramway. George Francis Train chose Birkenhead for the first European tramway, back in 1860. Mr Train made an agreement that if the tramway was unsuccessful, he would return Birkenhead's streets to their original state with his own money. Luckily the tramway was a success and operated until 1937 when the petrol motor bus took hold. The Starbuck factory on Cleveland Street built approximately 3000 trams between 1862 and 1913. Trams were made for the UK market and for export. The Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway are both still using vehicles built in Birkenhead. Trams still operate on the streets of Birkenhead, the main service trams were built in Hong Kong in 1992 to a 1948 pattern. However, a genuine 1901 Birkenhead Tramways tram of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society can be seen in service on special days. The Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society has a number of local trams, both electric and horse-drawn. Pictures of the electric trams at Taylor Street tram depot are included under our "vehicles" page, further information about the group and it’s trams can be found on their web-page.
Key artists and exhibits
Open : Sat-Sun 13.00-17.00 Easter, Whit and Summer School holidays, Open all week 13.00-17.00 Group visits welcome by arrangement, outside of normal opening hours.
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THE NATIONAL WATERWAYS MUSEUM ELLESMERE PORT www.nwm.org.uk/ellesmere
South Pier Road , Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW
Making the most of its canal-port origins, at Ellesmere Port you can see many items from the inland waterways collection as they would have been originally placed and used. Examples from the historic boat collection are available to view in the canal, Porters Row details what the dock worker’s cottages would have been like from 1833 to the 1950s, equipment in the blacksmith’s forge is still used to create ironwork and the engines in the Power Hall reveal what was needed to make the canal port function. Within the main gallery, the Island Warehouse, patterns and tools illustrate how boats used to be constructed and on the upper floor you can see the type of material which used to be transported on our waterways and hear stories of people who lived and worked on the canals.
Birkenhead Priory & St Mary's Tower , Priory Street, Birkenhead, L41 5JH, Wirral, England
CROXTETH HALL & COUNTRY PARK www.croxteth.co.uk
Croxteth Hall & Country Park, Croxteth Hall Lane, Liverpool, L12 0HB, Merseyside, England
University of Liverpool
VICTORIA GALLERY AND MUSEUM www.liv.ac.uk/vgm
Ashton Street, off Brownlow Hill, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3DR, Liverpool T : 0151 794 2348
14 Abercromby Square , Liverpool, L69 3BX , Merseyside, England
The Garstang Museum of Archaeology, in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology is named in honour of Professor John Garstang, whose excavations in Egypt, Sudan and the Levant produced the majority of our archaeological collections. Between 1904-1914 Garstang's work at the cemetaries of Beni Hassan, Esna and Abydos in Upper Egypt produced a wealth of objects from burials of all periods of Egyptian civilisation, while his work at Nagada and Hierakonpolis, also in Upper Egypt, is critical for our understanding of the earliest phase of Egyptian history.
The Garstang Museum also contains objects which came from his work outside Egypt, from Meroe in the Sudan, Jericho in the Levant, and Sakje Geuzi in Anatolia.
The Museum displays some of the key objects in our collection, which also indicate the key areas of strength in teaching and research in the School - Egyptology, Classical Studies and Prehistoric and Near Eastern Archaeology.
The Garstang Museum can be found on the first floor of the School at 14 Abercromby Square, Liverpool. The museum is normally open on Wednesday afternoons (2.00-5.00) in term time, and all day (9.30-5.00) on the first Friday of every month (2nd Friday in January 2009). The entrance is at the rear of the building through a wrought-iron gate from Chatham Street.
Open : Wed 13.30-16.00 during Term Time Other times by appt
CATALYST SCIENCE CENTRE AND MUSEUM, WIDNES www.catalyst.org.uk
Mersey Road , Widnes, Cheshire, England, WA8 0DF
This is the only science centre (and museum) solely devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in every day life - from medicines to meccano. The key aim is to inform people of all ages about chemistry, industry and its role in our lives, past present and future. Holdings include an extensive collection of (mostly local) photographs, the Peter Spence archive, the entire ICI General Chemicals Division research archive and much research done by the original Museum Project regarding the chemical industry in the North-West. There are also have several ad hoc documents prepared for various enquiries over the years, plus the J W Towers and Co Ltd archive which is in the process of being catalogued.
THE BEATLES STORY beatlesstory.com
Address: The Beatles Story, Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD
Telephone: 0151 709 1963.
Located within Liverpool's historic Albert Dock, the Beatles Story is a unique visitor attraction covering an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles.
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PRESCOT MUSEUM www.prescotmuseum.org.uk
34 Church Street , Prescot, Knowsley, L34 3LA, Merseyside, England
St Helens Central Library , The Gamble Building, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1DY,
Tel: 01744 456954
NORTH WEST MUSEUM OF ROAD TRANSPORT www.hallstreetdepot.info
The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St.Helens, WA10 1DU, Telephone 01744 451681
Following its extensive and comprehensive refurbishment the North West Museum of Road Transport has joined the ranks of the top North West attractions and is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday.
WORLD OF GLASS www.worldofglass.com
World of Glass, Chalon Way East, St. Helens, WA10 1BX,
Tel: 01744 22766
Field Trips/Heritage Walks
SLAVERY HISTORY TRAIL www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/trail/trail_accessible.asp
From around 1740 and until abolition, Liverpool was Britain's main slaving power. Thousands of ships travelled to Africa where they loaded up with slaves and transported them to the Americas. There they were sold and luxury goods such as cotton, sugar, coffee and rum were bought with the proceeds, for sale on return to Britain. The fortunes of many Liverpool-based merchants and investors were effectively made by the trade, and the legacy can still be seen today around the city centre, whether in street names, in the carving on buildings, or in the existence of the buildings themselves. This map tours some of the more visible examples you can see as you walk around the city. Select a name from the list on the right and discover how it is still linked to this bloody trade.
ALBERT DOCK HISTORY TRAIL www.diduknow.info/docks/trail2.html
You have read about the Albert Dock and its warehouses in the Trading Places unit. Now it is time for you to explore it yourself. Simply print out these sheets, take them to the entrance of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and your exploration begins.
HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Morris, Maggi & Ashton, J. The pool of life: A public health walk in Liverpool(1997). The history of public health told through key buildings and people, arranged in a number of guided walks.
Highly trained tourist guides are ready to walk, talk, and tour to make your visit even more enjoyable and fascinating.
Walks: There are regular walking tours taken by Blue and Green badge guides to suit many interests. For a full list call at the Tourist Information Centres at John Lennon airport, Anchor Court at the Albert Dock, or in the city centre at the 08 Place in Whitechapel, opposite the Met Quarter shopping mall.
On the Bus - There is an open-top bus service around the city with live commentary by a guide.
Private tours - Some guides have their own vehicles licensed and insured to carry small groups. Those who are qualified are shown in the Guides List.
Contact – Discuss your plans and requirements, they can build a tour or walk to suit your party.
DUCK TOURS: THE WACKER QUACKER
One of two WW II DUKW amphibious landing craft that The Yellow Duckmarine company has rebuilt, updated and turned into a 30-seat sightseeing vehicle. Wacker Quacker 1 and Wacker Quacker 2 as they are named, have been operating tours from The Albert Dock since April 2001 and between them they provide up to 11 tour departures most days from 11.00am. This unique road and water adventure provides knowledge and excitement and interest for all ages. On the road, Ducks travel a circular route along Liverpool's historic waterfront and through the city taking in the major sights including the Pier Head, Royal Liver Building, St Georges Hall, the cathedrals, Chinatown and many other places of interest. This part of the tour lasts 30 minutes. On returning to the Albert Dock the vehicles dramatically drive straight from the road down the main slipway and into the Salthouse Dock - the famous Duck Splashdown! On the water the tour continues through the 19th century south docks - via Wapping and Queens Docks to Coburg Dock and then back to circle the Albert Dock itself before returning to the start point. There is a live tour commentary throughout each tour, which is delivered by our very knowledgeable crews.
DUKW's were built in the USA by General Motors and started life in the mid 1940s as military ship-to-shore transports. Many were used in the D-Day landings and in other wartime theatres. They remained in service with the British and other armies into the 1960s. Liverpool's DUKW's have been extensively rebuilt, fitted with new diesel engines and updated where necessary to meet current road and water regulations. On the road they are considered to be a 30 seat bus and on the water, Class V passenger vessels. The company is therefore heavily regulated regarding safety, by both the road transport and maritime agencies.
Tickets: are on sale to individuals from the ticket office in Anchor Courtyard Albert Dock, and by telephone on 0151 708 7799. Pre booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
The magical mystery tour is one of the most popular tours around Liverpool.
Stopping off at many of the Beatles homes, schools and birthplaces it shows your round famous spots. Strawberry fields, Penny lane and many other famous landmarks made famous by the fab four are all stop off points. At the end of the two hour tour you are dropped at the famous Cavern Club where you collect your free Cavern souvenir poster, available only to people who have been on the tour. The tour goes daily and starts at the famous Beatle story and lasts for two hours. The price of the tour is £10.95 per person.
For further information please call 0871 222 1963