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The long awaited opening of the new Museum of Liverpool is upon us with various local media article abound.
10 OBJECTS TO LOOK OUT FOR
by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
Jul 18 2011
THE new Museum of Liverpool houses many of important pieces of Liverpool history including the last Overhead Railway carriage, the first car to roll off the production line at Halewood, and
But there are also fascinating, quirky and downright weird objects on show in its galleries too. Here are just 10 (random) attractions to look out for:
A rowing boat from Sefton Park lake
ONE for the nostalgics. Look up high above your head in the People’s Republic gallery to see a green-hulled wooden rowing boat.
The skiff was built around 1930 in Chester and was used on the boating lake in Sefton Park.
Boating was popular on the lake until the 1970s when the boats were withdrawn for repair but never returned.
1920s chip range
THE small (by modern standards) but perfectly-formed range, decorated in Art Deco motifs and covered in blue tiles with a tiled wall behind, came from Openshaw's chippy in Rice Lane, Walton where it fried generations of customers’ chips from 1925 to the early 1980s.
Coal fires on either side of the range would have heated up its big steel vats.
It was acquired by National Museums Liverpool in 1981-82 and previously stood in the Museum of Liverpool Life. It has recently been restored.
Adrian Henri’s gold pants
ONE of the stranger exhibits in the new museum, a large pair of gold lame pants worn by the late poet and painter Adrian Henri during his ‘happenings’.
The flamboyant, superhero-style underwear is on show in the Time and Place display on poets in the Wondrous Place gallery.
IT was a Shankly trademark, so it’s only fair one of the Scottish footballing legend’s raincoats should find its way into the sporting section of the Wondrous Place gallery.
The coat, which Shanks often wore to Liverpool games, is on loan to the museum.
Model of Gerard Gardens
LONG gone now, Gerard Gardens was a development of (luxurious at the time) tenement blocks built to replace overcrowded slum and court property behind William Brown Street.
It was demolished in 1987 to make way for road improvements around the Wallasey tunnel.
This model, made from paper, card, plastic and metal, was created by former resident Ged Fagan and is situated in the People’s Republic gallery.
Lita Roza’s dress
OH the glamour! A chartreuse evening dress with pear and sequin decoration, which was designed by Douglas Darnell who also made gowns for Dorothy Squires and Shirley Bassey.
Lita Roza (1926-2008) was the first British female artist to ever have a UK number one hit, in 1953 with How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
The dress, with a separate train, on show in the Wondrous Place gallery dates from 1958 and was presented to NML by Lita Roza herself in 2007.
Professor Codman’s puppet show theatre
RICHARD Codman first set up a Punch and Judy show in Liverpool in the 1860s, originally in Lime Street and later in Williamson Square.
The puppet show theatre is now in the Wondrous Place gallery.
WILLIAM Henry Fleming was a Liverpool based importer of cigars and tobacco when he saw potential in the hardwearing denim trousers worn by visiting American sailors.
In 1881 he started Fleming's Ltd, selling tailored denim clothing which would be a staple for Liverpool people for over 100 years.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Fleming's jeans were an essential item in any fashionable Liverpool wardrobe.
The jeans on display are one of two pairs in the museum’s collection, received after a public appeal for people to donate their jeans which led to an avalanche of pairs.
Bayko model of the Empire State Building
MECCANO may be more famous, but Liverpool entrepreneurship was also responsible for a toy building material called Bayko.
The name derived from Bakelite, one of the world’s first commercial plastics.
Bayko was invented by Charles Plimpton, an early plastics engineer and entrepreneur in Liverpool, and became a worldwide brand between 1934 and 1967.
The model of the Empire State Building, which features in the Global City gallery, was made at Liverpool’s Plimpton Engineering factory.
Production of Bayko was taken over by Meccano in 1959.
LOCAL people were invited to create an outfit in miniature on a fashion doll to illustrate a ‘Liverpool Look’, with fashion designer Kirsty Doyle commissioned to run open-access design workshops at World Museum to help people create an entry.
Thirty one of the dolls are on show as part of a display exploring personal identity and the image of the city.
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Some photos of the interior and exhibits taking shape