Paintings come to life!

Exhibitions really do come to life at the Maritime Museum, as you can find many interesting audio-visual displays there, giving visitors of all ages a lively and engaging museum experience. The International Slavery Museum has its evocative and disturbing 'recreation' of the bowels of a slave ship and the Magical History Tour has several displays which help to tell the story of the history of Liverpool. One of these displays is a set of three huge screens, which take you on a journey from the beginnings of the city when King John first established a town here in 1207, right up to the present day. Another highlight is the 'Talking Portraits', three portraits that come to life to tell you about crime and punishment, politics and quality of life during periods ranging from the 13th to the 16th century. One is a lord, one is a wealthy businessman and one is a peasant - so you get a real sense of what life was like from different points of view, along with some great accents, plenty of humour and name calling! Here is a clip of the 'political influence' part of the display - listen out for the bit when the peasant man gets called a worm! You can find the clips of 'crime and punishment' and 'quality of life' on our Youtube profile. If you enjoy the videos, why not send one to a friend?