Author Archives: Chris Routledge

About Chris Routledge

I'm a university teacher, writer and editor, based in Lancashire in the UK. My most recent book is 'Cain's: The Story of Liverpool in a Pint', a 200-year history of Liverpool's famous Robert Cain brewery.

The Chester Noah Play

One of the events going on at the Merseyside Maritime Museum over the Moby-Dick  weekend on May 4th was a production of The Chester Noah (with a modern twist), performed by The Liverpool University Players. Directed by Dr Sarah Peverley, with assistance from Andrea Young. Here is a video of the production:

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Moby-Dick Lecture Series: ‘To be closest to the Creator’: Nuu-chah-nulth and Inuit whaling imagery in the collections of the World Museum, Liverpool.

Join us on Wednesday June 5th for a free public lecture by Dr Joanna Ostapkowicz of National Museums Liverpool entitled ‘To be closest to the Creator’: Nuu-chah-nulth and Inuit whaling imagery in the collections of the World Museum, Liverpool. This is the final lecture in what has been a diverse and remarkable series about whaling, the Arctic, and marine science. It takes place at 1pm on June 5th, in the 4th floor lecture theatre at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. 

10% off in the Maritime Dining Rooms for guests attending the lectures.

Moby-Dick Lecture Series: Whales, fish & sponges: the scientific & social challenges of marine conservation.

On May 22nd (1pm-2pm) Professor Chris Frid of the University of Liverpool will be giving a talk entitled “Whales, fish & sponges: the scientific & social challenges of marine conservation” at the 4th Floor Lecture Theatre in the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Like the others in this series this public lecture is free to all.

Professor Frid’s talk was to have been the last in the Moby Dick lecture series, but as it happens there is still one to go. Dr Joanna Ostapkowicz’s rescheduled talk entitled “‘To be closest to the Creator’: Nuu-chah-nulth and Inuit whaling imagery in the collections of the World Museum, Liverpool” will now take place at 1pm on Wednesday June 5th.

Moby-Dick Lecture Series: Liverpool’s Arctic Whalers: the story of an industry.

This week’s Moby Dick lecture series is by Dr Bernard Stonehouse of the Scott Polar Institute, University of Cambridge and is entitled Liverpool’s Arctic Whalers: the story of an industry. This is a free public lecture which takes place on May 15th at 1pm in the 4th Floor Lecture Theatre of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. To get you in the mood, below is a lecture given by Dr Stonehouse in 2011 at Gresham College on ‘The Greenlanders – Arctic whaleships and whalers’:

I am Ishmael Workshop

Besides the marathon reading last weekend there were all kinds of other Moby-Dick related events and activities going on at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and at the Museum of Liverpool. One of these was a poetry workshop run by Nathan Jones, where children and their parents took pages from the novel and created poems from them. Nathan has a write-up on his blog, Syntax Factories