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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.

Robert D. Loynes

Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, AE IN 1426 Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Basel, BSAe 1030 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, E 63.1903 John Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 91.AP.6 Faiyum Faiyum Hawara Hawara Hawara Hawara Unnamed Unnamed Herakleides El Hibeh El Hibeh El Hibeh Table 26.3  Roman Period mummies without Red Shrouds Location, accession no. Origin Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1894A15 Manchester Museum, MM 1768 World Museum, Liverpool, 13.10.11.25 World Museum, Liverpool, M13997a World Museum, Liverpool, M14048 Naturhistorisches Museum, Altdorf

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
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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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Museum historiographies
Samuel J.M.M. Alberti

Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds. And its collections are multi-disciplinary, like World Museum Liverpool, the Horniman and the original elucidation of the British Museum. Methodological light shone through the prism of the Manchester Museum will illuminate other collections. Museums and disciplines I return to this multi-disciplinarity throughout this book. My title, Nature and Culture, reflects the central theme – how nature and culture are constructed, Introduction: museum historiographies 3 reinforced and differentiated with objects in museums.8 This is

in Nature and culture
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The empire in one city?
Sheryllynne Haggerty, Anthony Webster and Nicholas J. White

development of British popular culture and music. Such attitudes appear to have diffused into both academic and official cultural interpretations of Liverpool’s past. It is interesting to note, for example, that neither the MMM nor the revamped World Museum Liverpool affords a discrete place for exhibitions specifically addressing Liverpool’s role as an imperial city. Themes such as migration, slavery, ethnic

in The empire in one city?
Henry A. McGhie

://home.gwi.net/​ ~pineking/RS/MAINLIST.htm, accessed 8 January 2008. See Fan (2004: 68, 74, 77–8) and Coates (1988: 98). See also the ‘Darwin Cor­ respondence Project’, www.darwinproject.ac.uk, accessed 8 April 2017. Henry Dresser (HED hereafter) wrote in his ‘Egg Catalogue’: ‘[Robert] Swinhoe was a very unreliable egg collector, and not like his brother Charles’, Manchester Museum (MM hereafter), ZDH/11/2, p. 10. Including, for example, Henry Tristram’s collection in World Museum Liverpool. The account on Blakiston is based on Cortazzi (1999). The name is pronounced ‘Blackiston’. 135 03

in Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology