Our new exhibition in Special Collections & Archives is Life on the Ocean Wave: An Exhibition of Cunard Collectibles, which forms part of the One Magnificent City programme of events celebrating the 175th anniversary of Cunard.
The exhibition will run until 8th July, and showcases material from our collection of cruise ephemera, including brochures, photographs, deck plans, and even a luggage label from the Mauretania signed by Errol Flynn. The exhibition was curated with academic staff and a number of students from Media, Culture and Communication and History of Art. The staff and students will be involved in delivering a programme of talks over the late May Bank Holiday at the Maritime Museum, when the Three Cunard Queens: Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will meet in the River Mersey for the first time.
The exhibition will provide the theme for our participation in Light Night 2015 on 15th May, when we will be hosting talks and archive tours, deck games, and themed refreshments in collaboration with the Everyman Theatre – watch this space for more information!
Thoughts from those involved in curating the exhibition;
“Having started out with a small teaching pack of ephemera, to see how our collection is growing and how enthusiastic our students are to open this up to the public, is really amazing. We hope to encourage people to get involved with the activities we are organising over the summer including our programme of talks at the Maritime Museum on the late May Bank Holiday when we welcome our three beautiful queens to their spiritual home of Liverpool.”
Dr Clare Horrocks, Senior Lecturer, Humanities and Social Sciences
”I would recommend that people visit the Cunard exhibition as the company has been connected to the city for over 100 years and probably everyone in Liverpool has their own story of either themselves or a relative who has been on one of their ships. The exhibition will be a great opportunity for people to come and learn more about the Cunard line or even relive some memories they once had aboard.”
Louise Maguire, Level 4 Media, Culture, Communication student, LJMU
“The Cunard exhibition has been aimed at a wide audience, we made sure the ephemera chosen would be interesting to past sailors/ workers on the ships to people who may not know anything at all about Cunard and what they’re about.”
Abbie Bradshaw, Level 4 Media, Culture, Communication student, LJMU
For more information about the exhibition please contact the LJMU Archivist. For more information about One Magnicient City, please visit onemagnificentcity.com, and for more information on Light Night, please see www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk