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Appeals for objects and memories

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to our displays and collections. Lots of people have shared their memories and objects - here are some of the ways that they have been used in the museum.

Recent appeals

Untold stories: Black soldiers in the First World War

old portrait photo of a sailor and a soldier

Sailor Marcus Bailey with an unknown soldier

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 launched a project aimed at encouraging local Black families to research their First World War family histories in order to collect the research and memories, to fill this gap in our archives. 

As a result the contribution of Black and Minority Ethnic Liverpool families to the war effort was featured as part of the foremr exhibition First World War: Reflecting on Liverpool's Home Front, held at the Museum of Liverpool from 2014 to 2015 to commemorat the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

If you have a story to tell then please  get in touch using this contact form.

Like our Untold stories: Black soldiers in the First World War facebook page to keep up to date with the project.

Handling collection

old toy car

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:


  • 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
  • Washboard


  • 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
  • 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
  • letting-bowl
  • fleam
  • 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)

Other former projects and appeals

April Ashley


Rouger McGough with a some doors