Museum of Liverpool public appeal for objects for learning sessions


Museum of Liverpool public appeal for objects for learning sessions

Do you have a Victorian bucket and spade set? Or perhaps an Afghan coat from the 1960s? The education team for the new Museum of Liverpool is busy preparing for the opening in July, and need the help of local people to track down a number of items for use in learning sessions.

Aside from seeing more than 6,000 objects on display, some of the best learning takes place through exploration and hands-on activity, and part of the museum’s education programme includes getting close to objects, allowing people to touch, feel and experience them for themselves during regular handling sessions.

Katie Brown, assistant curator of urban history said: “Throughout the Museum of Liverpool we are using a variety of ways to tell the stories of Liverpool, the place and its people. These methods include using photos, people’s personal accounts, interactive displays, and objects.

“Objects bring a story or a period of time to life for our visitors, and enabling them to touch and feel things first hand as people once did is an ideal way to break the boundaries between the past and the present. Our collections are usually too delicate to access so we need to collect items we can be more relaxed about, that have been donated specifically for this purpose”.

A range of items are required from a top hat to a docker’s hook. Visit for a full list of items or email Katie Brown on with the words handling items in the subject line. Donors must be based in the Liverpool area for ease of collection.

The handling resource will be used in specially devised learning sessions based on the collections, displays and stories told within the museum.

Jon Marrow, senior education manager said: “Holding and touching is a wonderful way of getting closer to the lives of people from long ago. It can be invaluable for everyone, but the experience can be really special for people who are blind, visually impaired, who have learning difficulties or who are recalling events from their younger days.

“We need to be sure there will be quality experiences for everyone. Handling resources enable visitors to experience the ‘real thing’ during school visits, family and adult workshops, where people are offered really vivid experiences.”

The list of objects required is as follows:

*    Liverpool-made toys
*    Victorian metal bucket and spade set
*    Vintage Union Jack flag

*    Opera glasses
*    Top hat

*    Items linked to imports and exports from Liverpool history – clay pipes, locally made clocks and watches, Herculaneum pottery, tea chests with Liverpool links.

*    First World War or home front items linked to Liverpool such as postcards, mementos or photographs

*    Carpet bag
*    19th Century Italian lire
*    Victorian Knife sharpening equipment or tailoring equipment

*    Items related to the Liverpool Overhead Railway
*    Docker’s Hook
*    Original Beatles records
*    1950s or 1960s transistor radio and TV
*    1960s primary or secondary school text books
*    Old-style school desk  – wooden with inkwell
*    1960s Afghan coat