School trip to Merseyside Maritime Museum
Merseyside Maritime Museum is in the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. It contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. There is also the major exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, which tells the story of Liverpool’s links to the ill-fated liner.
Education sessions are free of charge and usually link to the national curriculum through their collections and displays. Many sessions are led by a member of their team, while others are self-led.
Booking well in advance is advised.
Popular topics include pirates, the Titanic, Second World War and life in the 1940s, emigration, and our unique school tours of Liverpool’s Old Dock.
Preparing for your visit
School and group visits need to be booked in advance to ensure the best experience for everyone, whether they include a workshop or not.
The museum runs expert Home-Office approved ‘issues-based’ sessions on drug, alcohol and weapons awareness. The Seized! collection also offers the opportunity to learn about animals in danger and the work of customs. Of course, you can also find out about about maritime pursuits, the seaside and life at sea!
Voyage of Discovery is an exploration of the Titanic, its local history connections to Liverpool and the causes of the famous disaster. Presenting a unique learning opportunity and led by an experienced member of the education team, it begins with a welcome and introduction to the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Utilising objects that can be handled, tried out, worn and even smelt, the children take part in discussions and dramatizations about the ship, exploring the places associated with it and the experiences of the different classes of passengers and crew on board.
The session is highly interactive and takes as its starting point what the children may already know. Topics covered include local Liverpool connections, a comparison of long distance travel a hundred years ago compared with today, the different jobs on board the ship and the key figures involved in the disaster.
Children are invited to think about the multiple perspectives historical events present to us. Was anyone to blame for what happened or was it a series of unforeseen events? They are challenged about myths and misconceptions perpetuated in films and on TV. The session explores through practical activities the wider context of Edwardian society including class, age and gender and how this affected individuals’ chances of survival in the early hours of 15 April 1912.
Voyage of Discovery also taps into key aspects of teaching Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development), broaching such things as rule of law and custom in tandem with the rights of the individual.