Williamson Art Gallery: 6 Vessels

    Burgess, Arthur James Wetherall|Skinner, Edward Frederick; Royal Visit of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary to Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, 14 May 1917; Williamson Art Gallery & Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/royal-visit-of-their-majesties-king-george-v-and-queen-mary-to-cammell-laird-birkenhead-14-may-1917-67279
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    Williamson Art Gallery: 6 Vessels

    Venue: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
    Dates: 11/05/19 - 22/09/19
    Times: 10:00 - 17:00


    Models and rarely seen historic artefacts feature alongside much-loved and new artwork to celebrate Wirral’s industrial heritage and the borough’s contribution to maritime exploration.

    6 Vessels looks at the story of shipbuilding in Wirral through six ships created from metal in the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. The ships featured within the exhibition shed light on pivotal moments in maritime history that have impacted on seafaring practice as we know it today.

    The research for 6 Vessels has been undertaken by local historian, Elizabeth Davey who has worked in partnership with Wirral Museums Service staff, Wirral Archives, Cammell Laird, Wirral Libraries, National Museums Liverpool and Wirral History and Heritage Association. 6 Vesselsis part of Made of Iron – a celebration of Wirral’s shipbuilding and maritime heritage story.

    The exhibition runs from 11th May until 22nd September and is free.

    6 Vessels: The ships and their stories

    HMS Birkenhead (1847) The ship which is thought to have originated the phrase “women and children first”

    Ma Robert (1858) The flat-pack iron ship that took explorer Livingstone on his travels

    CSS Alabama (1862) The secrecy behind this ship and its role in the American Civil War

    HMT Leasowe Castle (1917) The role the Cammell Laird workforce played during military conflicts

    HMS Ark Royal (1937) The pioneering design of this aircraft carrier

    RMS Mauretania (1938) The ship which redefined luxury travel

    For more exhibitions at the Williamson, check our Exhibitions pages.

    To find out more about Wirral Borough of Culture 2019, visit imaginewirral.com