Category Archives: Public Lectures

William Scoresby Lecture is now online.

The first of the Moby-Dick lecture series lectures, by Dr Chris Routledge, entitled From Liverpool’s Greenland Street to Greenland’s Liverpool Coast: William Scoresby, Whaling, and Exploration, is now available to watch or download from his website here.

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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’:

‘Sailors love this Liverpool’ Herman Melville and Liverpool in Fact and Fiction (Monday May 6th, 2pm-3pm Museum of Liverpool)

Katie McGettigan’s talk at the Museum of Liverpool on Monday May 6th (2pm-3pm) already promises fascinating insights into Melville’s time in Liverpool and the city’s influence on his work. But Katie has also been working with Dr. Diana Powell on a project to map landmarks from Melville’s visits onto the current map of Liverpool. Using Google Earth, and a map of the city published in 1808, the result is an interactive map that can be viewed in a web browser or even downloaded to a smartphone for use by anyone interested in visiting some of the locations themselves.

The map, and more details about the project can be seen here: Melville’s Liverpool.

From Whaling to MacFisheries. Free public lecture 24 April, 2013

The second in our series of free public lectures, by Gavin Hunter, takes place on Wednesday April 24th entitled From Whaling to MacFisheries: Leverhulme, Soap & the Outer Hebrides. This lecture will explore the involvement of the Lever Brothers soap manufacturing empire in whaling and fishing on the islands of Lewis and Harris.

The lecture is part of the Moby Dick Lecture Series at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and is free to attend.

Picture of the whaling station on Harris is from Virtual Hebrides