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Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

Liverpool occupies a prominent position in the contemporary popular imagination. In spite of decades of economic decline, urban decay and a name associated by some with poverty and crime, the city's reputation is by no means a negative one. The book is a collection of essays that focuses on the strength of Liverpool's merchant marine, representing both informal and formal empire over centuries. It discusses the interracial relationships in 1950s and 1960s Liverpool to demonstrate that many African and Afro-Caribbean sailors (and others) married or had relationships with white women. Given existing deficiencies in the historiographies of both Liverpool and the British Empire, the book aims to reassess both Liverpool's role within the British imperial system and the impact on the port city of its colonial connections. Liverpool's success has often been attributed to, and marred by, its being the leader in the slave trade after 1750. Napoleonic Wars were a period of great turbulence and difficulty for the Liverpool commercial community. Liverpool is perceived as a diasporic city, however, its ambiguous nineteenth-century identity reflected the tensions of its complex migrant connections. An analysis of Liverpool's business connections with South America reveals its relative commercial decline and the notion of 'gentlemanly capitalism'. The African ethnology collection of National Museums Liverpool's (NML) ethnology collections are displayed in the 'World Cultures' gallery of the World Museum Liverpool, which opened in 2005. Liverpool is perhaps not exceptional, though its networks are notable and striking.

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African objects, West African trade and a Liverpool museum
Zachary Kingdon and Dmitri van den Bersselaar

Museums Liverpool (NML) to shed light on this uneasy relationship between museums and the history of British imperialism. NML’s ethnology collections are displayed in the ‘World Cultures’ gallery of the World Museum Liverpool, which opened in 2005. The World Museum is the latest rebranding of a Liverpool institution first established in 1853, which has been collecting ethnographic objects alongside

in The empire in one city?
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Objects, empire and museums
Sarah Longair and John McAleer

–51. 3 Roger Knight, ‘Making waves’, History Today , 4 (April 1999), 3–4, p. 3. 4 Margarette Lincoln and Nigel Rigby, ‘Reinventing maritime history’, History Today , 7 (July 2001), 2–3. 5 Inventing New Britain: The Victorian Vision at the V&A; Images from Africa at the British Museum; National Museums, Liverpool; and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. 6 Neil Parsons, King Khama, Emperor Joe and the Great White Queen

in Curating empire
The Ocean group in East and Southeast Asia, c. 1945–73
Nicholas J. White

1 Figures calculated from MDHB/MDHC, Annual Report & Accounts , 1962, 1965, 1970, 1973. Tonnages do not include trade with the Republic of Ireland or bulk petroleum imports. 2 Ocean Archive, National Museums Liverpool, Maritime Archives and Library (hereafter OA), 671, Sir J. Hobhouse

in The empire in one city?
Victorian reclamations of a biblical temptress
Angie Blumberg

learn that the mummy, which is now on exhibit at the World Museum in Liverpool, has been identified as male. See ‘Human Remains, Mummy of Nesmin’, National Museums Liverpool , www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/collections/antiquities/ancient-egypt/item-299423.aspx .

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Eighteenth-century powder horns in British military collections
Stuart Allan and Henrietta Lidchi

strap of plaited wool strap ornamented with white beads acquired through the dealer and collector W. H. Oldman, who seemingly obtained it from Boswell Castle between 1925 and 1935 and thus the estate of the Earls of Home, dating to the American War of Independence. 21 More intriguing is the powder horn currently held by National Museums Liverpool engraved with a record of the British Siege of Havana (1762) with the Royal Arms of Great Britain, clipper ships and armed men, to which is appended what appear to be prisoner cords decorated with dyed porcupine quills

in Dividing the spoils