Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Merseyside Maritime Museum is situated at Albert Dock in Liverpool. It is part of National Museums Liverpool and an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage. The museum’s collections reflect the international importance of Liverpool Port as a gateway to the world.

The collection of the museum began with the gift of a ship model to the Mayer Museum, the forerunner of Liverpool Museum in 1862. Although the collection extended very slowly, maritime historian Robert Gladstone began a campaign to create a special shipping gallery in 1924. This was opened as a part of Liverpool Museum in 1931. At Gladstone’s death in 1940 he left a bequest for the construction of a maritime museum.

Many of the exhibits were destroyed during the May Blitz in 1941. However, the gallery overgrew its space in Liverpool Museum over the following decades. In the late 1970s, thanks to the support of Merseyside County Council, work began on the creation of a dedicated maritime museum on the Liverpool waterfront. It was opened in 1980. The museum as we know it today moved into block D of the completed Albert Dock Building in 1986.

The museum comprises of several parts: warehouse block D in which the permanent and temporary exhibitions are held; the Canning graving docks holding the Edmund Gardner and De Wadden, with historic cargo handling equipment on the dock side; the Piermaster's House and ships in Canning Half-Tide Dock including the Wincham and Brocklebank.

In the museum one can see a variety of objects associated with nautical archaeology and the social and commercial history of the port. The ground floor is dedicated to Liverpool as a world gateway. The first floor gallery tells the stories of three of the most famous and most tragic ships in history that were somehow connected with Liverpool and its people - the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland. There are two other galleries on the first floor – a part called Battle of the Atlantic and Life at Sea. The second floor houses the gallery Art and the sea which features a selection of paintings and models capturing the cities maritime past.
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