Raising the Titanic... gallery improvements get underway

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youngsters peer at ship model of Titanic

Young visitors look at our Titanic model which is being moved

It’s going to be an even busier few months then usual for staff at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, as work starts on gallery improvements. Curator of Port History Ben Whittaker explains:

On 15 October the Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery closed for the last time as work starts to create the new exhibition Lusitania: Life, loss, legacy. This major new exhibition will open on the 27 March 2015. It will tell the story of the Cunard liner Lusitania which was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915, as well as looking more widely at the role of Liverpool’s liners in the First World War.

Objects from the Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery relating to Titanic will be redisplayed in our award winning exhibition: Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story. This exhibition is closed from 15 October to 14 November to allow this work to take place. This includes the relocation of the Titanic model, one of National Museums Liverpool’s most iconic objects. At nearly six metres long, packing and moving the model is a complex process. As it is too large to go in any lifts, the model will have to be carefully lifted out of the museum through a window, and raised up to the next floor by crane!

Objects relating to the Empress of Ireland from the Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery will be redisplayed in the Life at Sea gallery in 2015. There is a fair mount of upheaval while we carry out these gallery improvements and we apologise to visitors for any inconvenience caused. But remember the museum is still open for business and we have lots to see and do including several new exhibitions:

On Their Own: Britain's child migrants: From the 1860s until the late 1960s more than 100,000 children were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries through child migration schemes. This exhibition tells their emotional stories.

Sail Away: Liverpool shipping posters: This new exhibtion features 14 posters dating from 1888 to 1980, advertising Liverpool shipping companies. Many of these posters have never been on display before.

Continuing the Journey: This new display in the International Slavery Museum developed by Stray Cat Media is a multi media collection of oral histories, photography and film, exploring issues which affect people of African heritage, born, raised or living in Liverpool.

More details of galleries closed while improvement work takes place is on the Your visit page.