History; History Everywhere

I recently went on a little day trip to Liverpool and I heartily recommend it to anyone who might find themselves in the area.

My oldest Nephew had a job interview there, right down on the waterfront somewhat conveniently and I took the opportunity to go with him, in part to keep him company but also to take in some of the significant amount of museums that are on offer there.

Although I originally hail from Liverpool, it had been a good few years since I’d been there and a lot has changed.  For example my first port of call when I hopped of the train at James Street underground station, The Museum of Liverpool, was still being built last time I was there.

The Museum is situated right on the waterfront, at the Pier Head and I can only imagine it was designed with all the awesome vistas in mind, as every time you come across a window it’s worth stopping for a moment, to drink in the view.

A significant amount of the floor-space is given over to displays and exhibits concerning the history of the docklands, how the city weathered the blitz in particular and World War II in general and also the now defunct overhead railway, with the last surviving passenger carriage on display.

There’s also a very large exhibit concerning Liverpool’s China Town.  Detailing its origins and cultural impact on the city.

I could write at great length about the place but I will simply say it’s awesome and anyone visiting the city would be missing out if they didn’t pay a visit to the place.

Much the same could be said of the Maritime Museum and as you might expect it covers the maritime history of Liverpool in exacting detail, both war and peacetime.  There’s also a large Titanic exhibit, with items brought up from the wreck and a comprehensive timeline, from its construction, to its sinking.

There are an awful lot of scale models of ships, both civilian an military and given my hobby interests, they were something I enjoyed seeing.

By the time I’d done the two museums, I was knackered and had used up more than half of my day. I’d recommend getting the lift to the top and working your way down.  I started at the bottom and worked my way up, using the stairs; this was a mistake.

After the museums, I had a wander round the Albert Dock, got a steak and kidney pie and some chips from a chippy there, took in a fair old slice of the shops on offer, the Lego Shop being the highlight of these. jumped on the train and went home.

I enjoyed my day and saw a lot, but I didn’t even take in half of what was on offer, as I just didn’t have the time (or the energy, by the time I’d hiked up all those flights of stairs in the two museums like a lemon).  There are at least two more museums, an art gallery, two Cathedrals, a ride on the ferry, also a load of Beatles stuff, if that’s your cup of tea.  All that’s just off the top of my head and I’m sure I’ve forgotten stuff.

If your a footy fan, you could even take in a match, if you happen to be there on the right day, with not one, but two Premier League teams, Everton and the other one.  I’m not really a fan, but if asked I’d lean the way of Everton.

Looking back on what I’ve written, I seem to be far more proud of Liverpool than I’d thought I was.  I suppose I’ll always be a Scouser, although I only really sound like one on the phone these days (phones seem to bring my accent out for some reason).

 

 

 

 

 

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A Little Bit Of History

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I’ve just been to Norton Priory Museum; it was last week that I went, but that’s beside the point.  The point is that I went and it was a thing I did that wasn’t even slightly related to Games Workshop.

I hadn’t realised, until I decided to sit down and write this, that barring a bit of telly viewing, almost everything I’ve done for at least a few weeks has been related to the GW hobby.  I’m not saying that this is a bad thing; I’ve quite enjoyed being caught up in the 40K hype train.  A change is nice every now and then though.

My Bro had some time off work, we’re both interested in history and it’s close to where we live, so it was an easy decision really.

I’ve been there a lot and if you have any interest in history, I would heartily recommend it.  It’s a great day out and there is a lot to see.  A lot of it was even new to us, as it’s had a sizeable facelift since we were there last.

The main museum building contains several displays of items, some of which date back hundreds of years and as a history buff, it’s always cool to see stuff like that.  The main building also incorporates the only part of the Priory still standing, the Undercroft.

There is also substantial grounds, with a nice, relaxing woodland walk, if that’s the sort of thing that floats your boat.  The grounds also contain substantial excavations of the footprint of a large part of the Priory, which is pretty impressive, as it gives some idea of the scale of the building and how it must have looked.

Once you’ve done the finished with the museum and its associated gubbins, there is the Walled Gardens, just a short walk from the museum.  It would be easy to miss this as it’s not that well signposted, but it’d be a shame if you didn’t see it.

Barring a couple of the easier to identify ones, I don’t know one flower from the next, but I always make a point of heading down there whenever I go to the Priory, as the place is steeped in its own little bit of history and at the very least, it’s a nice walk.

I won’t go into detail with the history of either the Priory, or the Walled Gardens; there’s a load of stuff available online, if you’re interested.  Would you like to know more?

The staff of the museum and the Walled Gardens also deserve a mention.  They’re enthusiastic, helpful and are quite happy to talk at great length about whatever Priory, or Walled Garden related subject that floats into your noggin.

At the Walled Gardens, they also grow a lot of fruit and veg.  As a result, they sell quite a variety of jams and chutneys.  This won’t be something that interests everyone, but if like me you are a butty* person, I would highly recommend buying a couple while you’re there.

I realise this comes across like a tourist information doodad, but history is something that is of great interest to me and I’m also a massive nerd** so I’m always going to be enthusiastic about anything history related.

This blog is mainly here for my hobby mutterings, but from time to time I will, like I have today, write about other stuff.  I don’t expect to do so often, but it will happen.

*A serious Northern sandwich.

**It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that has even glanced at one of my blogs that this is so.