NML – Half Term Events, May 2008

National Museums Liverpool May half-term FREE events
(Its a very long list)

Seized – Revenue and Customs Uncovered (Opens 17 May 2008)

Open daily 10am–5pm

Inside Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone 0151 478 4499

 

Museum highlights

Come and explore the all new Seized – Revenue and Customs Uncovered gallery where all is not what it seems. A world of smuggling, tax evasion, protest and war, be amazed by objects used to smuggle contraband. Learn what life was like working on the dockside and try your hand at steering a cutter, avoiding pirates and spotting suspects.

 

 

Dock Watch

May 31

11am–4pm

Take a closer look at the creatures in the waters of the Albert Dock with our team of museum experts and their underwater cameras. (all)

 

Rummage

May 26

1, 1.30, 2, 2.30 3, 3.30pm

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Customs Officer? Come and search our ship to see if you can spot any signs of smuggling. Pick up a free ticket at the welcome desk. (all)

 

Explore customs

May 24, 25

1–4pm

Come, get your hands on our collections and explore the issues of endangered animals, smuggling and fakes. Includes dressing up for under 7s. (all)

 

Custom cutters

May 29

1–4pm

Join us for this workshop and find out about the fastest boats on the high seas. (all)

 

Storytelling with Customs

May 30

1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Hear stories about some of the endangered animals that Customs work to protect. (all)

 

 

 

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Free Entry

Open daily 10am- 5pm

Port Sunlight Village, Wirral

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone 0151 478 4136

 

Gallery highlights

With its intimate atmosphere, this is a great place to introduce younger members of the family to art. Home to the extensive personal collection of its founder William Hesketh Lever, this stunning gallery contains amazing treasures around every corner.

 

Spring storytelling

May 27, 29

1, 2 & 3pm

Spring into the season by joining our gallery themed storytelling sessions in the gallery followed by fun hands-on craft activities. (under 8s)

 

Life of the Lady Lever

May 28, 31

1, 2 & 3pm

Discover, through the eyes of a Sunlight Soap factory worker, the story of the gallery and its collection. Then join us for hands-on craft activities in our education room. (all)

 

 

Walker Art Gallery

Open daily 10am- 5pm

William Brown Street, Liverpool

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone 0151 478 4199

Free Entry

 

Free exhibitions

 

Art in the Age of Steam

18 April to 10 August

Capturing the excitement of the steam train, from the earliest days of 1830s to the end of the line in the 1960s, this exhibition explores how artists responded to the extraordinary impact steam trains had on the landscape and society.

Exhibition organised in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA.

 

Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series

24 May to 2 November 2008

This exhibition features the finished Liverpool Cityscape as well Johnson’s other world cities series of paintings, including Zürich, Hong Kong, Paris, Jerusalem and Chicago.

 

Ben Johnson cityscape

1–4pm May 28 & 29

Join Juliet Staines and create your own artwork inspired by Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape. Drop-in session. (over 5s)

 

 

International Slavery Museum

 

Open daily 10am- 5pm

Albert Dock, Liverpool

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone 0151 478 4499

Free entry

The International Slavery Museum is the only national museum in the world to deal with transatlantic slavery and its legacies. Liverpool, central to the transatlantic slave trade in the 18th century, is a fitting location for this groundbreaking museum. Containing dynamic, powerful and moving displays on the horrific trade, the museum uncovers the largely hidden account of the exploitation of Africa and Africans. A gallery on the legacy of transatlantic slavery, both contemporary as well as historic, reflects issues that are relevant to the world today.

 

African woodcarving

May 25, 26

1–4pm

See African woodcarving on the Life in West Africa gallery (all)

 

African beats

May 27

1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Feel the beat with an afternoon of African drumming and tribal dance. (all)

 

African batik

May 28

1–4pm

Drop in for a fun-filled afternoon of craft activities and learn all about the art of African batik. (all)

 

African arts and crafts

May 29

1–4pm

Try your hand at African art and make your own mask to take home. (all)

 

 

Merseyside Maritime Museum

 

Open Daily 10am-5pm

Albert Dock, Liverpool

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone 0151 478 4499

Free entry

 

Museum highlights

Set sail and drop anchor for a fun day out with the whole family at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Come and explore our large and varied collections that reflect the seafaring importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world.

 

Free exhibitions

 

Magical History Tour

Until 27 September 2009

 

Come and join in as we celebrate 800 years of Liverpool’s History in a whirlwind rollercoaster of discovery. Once a tiny fishing village, Liverpool became a bustling Victorian city with worldwide significance. Our tour through Liverpool’s history will give you a chance to explore the city’s most influential years.

 

Are the peasants revolting?

May 25, 29

1, 2 & 3pm

Eleanor de Montague, our lady in waiting, helps you discover more about life in medieval Liverpool. (all)

 

All aboard the Shackamaxon

May 24, 25

1–4pm

Step back in time and meet William Hollbeck Boson aboard the Shackamaxon as he gets ready to sail to New York. (all)

 

Punch and Judy

May 28

1, 2 & 3pm

Boo the heroes and cheer the villains in Professor Codman’s traditional and time honoured entertainment. (all)

 

 

The leaving of Liverpool

May 26, 27

1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Join our travellers and listen to their tales of hope and fear on their way to a new land. (all)

 

Sea urchins

May 28

1, 2 & 3pm

Bring your little ones to play and listen to stories on the first floor early years gallery. (under 5s)

 

Lights out!

May 28

1–4pm

Meet Albert our Air Raid Patrol warden in the Piermaster’s House.

 

Knots, tubs and chisels

May 24, 25

1–4pm

Meet a traditional maritime craftsman.

 

Ship bottling with Des Newton

May 29

1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Join Des and see how it’s done. (all)

 

Titanic – The quartermaster’s story

May 31

1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

Robert Hichins was at the wheel when Titanic hit the iceberg. Hear his fascinating story told by our resident actor. (All)

 

 

World Museum Liverpool

Free entry

Open daily 10am – 5pm

William Brown Street, Liverpool

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone 0151 478 4393

 

Free Planetarium

 

Come and explore outer space without even leaving your chair in our exciting show about space and astronomy for adults and children over five. Tickets available from the information desk, from 10am and up to five minutes before each performance

Mon to Fri 2.30 & 3.15pm

Sat & Sun 2.15, 3.15 & 4.05pm

 

Special programme

Mon to Fri 4.05pm The Winter Night Sky, specially for adults and over 7s

Sat & Sun 1.15pm The Sunshine Show, especially for under 7s.

1.45pm The Winter Night Sky’, specially for adults and over 7s

Additional shows at holiday times

 

 

Treasure House Theatre

 

At the Treasure House Theatre, we hold all sorts of exciting and interesting events in our 80-seater theatre. All tickets are free from the information desk. This, our Capital of Culture year we offer a programme that includes:

 

Ancient civilisations

Pop in and see one of our 20-minute films covering subjects such as Ancient Egypt, Saxons, Vikings, and Romans in Britain.

 

Food for thought

Visit our Time Travel café where our intrepid chef and waiter will take you on a journey through the history of food. Discover how our ancestors fished, grew, fought and found their dinner. But you’ll have to race to get back in time to save the café from closing, before the dodgy TASTIE machine leaves you stranded.

 

Samurai armour

Discover the armour of the Samurai warrior in this demonstration using replica 16th century armour. This is your chance to get up close and personal with a piece of history.

 

Molly the friendly blue whale

Join Rosie or Captain Undersea in this tall tale of a brave whale that escapes a cruel captain, “Boo” and save her friends in a storm – “Hooray”. (ages 3-7)

 

For above dates and times call 0151 478 4393 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

 

 

Close encounters with spiders

May 24

2.15 & 3.30pm

Join Jenny Dobson from the Bug House and meet some amazing arachnids. Learn about their fascinating world and relatives. (all)

 

Live video links

May 26

3.30pm

Visit our website and click What’s On for news of exciting live links. (all)

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