Appeals for objects and memories
Untold stories: Black soldiers in the First World War
Sailor Marcus Bailey with an unknown soldier
Can you help us discover the untold stories of Liverpool’s Black families in the First World War?
Liverpool has one of the oldest Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Europe, in some cases reaching back ten generations, yet photographs of Black First World War soldiers in local archives are incredibly rare.
The Museum of Liverpool has launched a project aimed at encouraging local Black families to research their First World War family histories. We want to collect the research and memories we uncover to fill this gap in our archives.
As part of a Liverpool Home Front exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the war next summer, we will celebrate the contribution of Black and Minority Ethnic Liverpool families to the war effort.
We will be holding free workshops 11am-4pm on the following dates:
- 6 November 2013 Crawford House, Upper Warwick Street
- 23 November 2013 The Florence Institute, Mill Street
- 4 December 2013 Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Princes Road
- 25 January 2014 Museum of Liverpool
Like our Untold stories: Black soldiers in the First World War facebook page to keep up to date with the project.
© Mark McNulty
The Museum of Liverpool is undertaking an oral history project to record memories of court housing in the early 20th century. Back-to-back houses built around courtyards were a standard housing type in Liverpool from the 18th – 20th centuries. The last courts were demolished in re-housing programmes of the 1960s and 70s, and we’d like to capture memories of what life was like living in a court in the 20th century. We’d like to record interviews with people who remember life in a court as part of our Oral History collection: Liverpool Lives.
If you have memories of living in a court house, and would be willing to tell us a little more, please get in touch.
Email Liz Stewart using this contact form
Phone Kerry Massheder on 0151 478 4033
Museum of Liverpool
Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. Building
The Museum of Liverpool Education team is appealing for objects for its handling collection. The handling collection is an important educational resource used primarily in school group sessions to help bring history to life. Please note that material in the handling collection will not become part of the permanent collections, but will be used for educational and/or display purposes.
If you have any of the objects listed below and would like to donate them to the handling collection, please contact: email@example.com
- 1960s television
- Men’s Afghan coat
- 1960s British money (coins, notes, etc)
- Sampler made by a Victorian child (ideally aged 10 years or under)
- Victorian books - Black Beauty, The Water Babies
- Magic Lantern
- Cod-necked bottle with marble
- Maps of West Kirby, Liverpool 1 and Speke areas from different periods
- Photographs, postcards or maps of Speke
- Plane tickets or boarding passes from Speke Airport
- Bryant and May match boxes
- Models of planes flown at Speke, for example Cambrian British Air Services
- Speke Hall material, for example programmes, postcards, National Trust guide leaflet
- Tudor coins
- Horse shoe
- Georgian coins
- Shipwright tools (for example sail mending, caulking)
- Photographs, images or postcards of the Custom House and docks.
- Souvenirs for ‘Days out in West Kirby’
- Toy sailing boat
- Rail ticket West Kirby line
- Italian Lire circa 1890 Old identity documents for entry into Britain
- British coins circa 1890
- Mandarin/Cantonese language books/magazines
- Suffragette sash or brooch (green, purple and white)
- Newspapers referencing suffrage
- 1911 census form
- barber pole (red and white)
- leech model or leach bowl/pot
- Mosquito model
- Thomas splint
- Old first aid kit/manual (pre -1950, the earlier the better)
- Medical models to illustrate symptoms (similar to those used by Liverpool School of Hygiene)
- Advertisement for Victorian hospital
- Victorian surgical tool (e.g. bonesaw)
- Apothecary labels
- Magazines on health pre-1920
- Images of The Northern hospital
- Images of the Lying in Hospital for the Diseases of Women and Children which opened in 1841
- Newspaper articles referring to the cholera riots
- Memorials of Agnes Jones
- Anaesthetic pumps or valves (antique)
- Vintage Doctors bag
- Georgian medicine spoon
- China doll
- Old wooden toys
- Puppets (animals and characters - assorted)
Former projects and appeals
A huge thank you to everyone who has already contributed to our displays. Lots of people have shared their memories and objects - here are some of the ways that they have been involved in creating the museum.