Most of the objects evacuated from the museum in the days and months before the May Blitz were carried out by hand. Some of the big and heavy objects, although rare and special to the collection, proved impossible to move.
The sculptures of the Ancient Egyptian goddess Sekhmet had been bought by Joseph Mayer (1803-1886) in 1852 for his new museum in Liverpool’s Colquitt Street. In 1867 they were donated to Liverpool (now World) Museum and put on display - in pride of place - in the museum’s Main Hall. As you can see from the photographs taken around 1932 (see Before and After section) the Sekhmet statues were almost complete.
As the Blitz began the statues remained in place at the entrance to the staircase, but were now surrounded by sandbags. Although they survived the fire they broke into several pieces. It was not until 1995 that the two statues were repaired by museum conservators ready for their redisplay when the museum reopened as World Museum in 2005. Today, they have returned to the museum’s atrium and continue to guard the main staircase.