14 episodes

The National Museums Liverpool Podcast weaves together stories from our collections with the experiences of people in Liverpool today, exploring connections between the past and the present.

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    • Society & Culture

The National Museums Liverpool Podcast weaves together stories from our collections with the experiences of people in Liverpool today, exploring connections between the past and the present.

    12: Sex

    12: Sex

    Revealing hidden stories about sex, power and desire.

    Take a fresh look at adult sex education and empowerment, find out why there is a biscuit tin in our LGBTQ+ collections and learn about the devastating legacy of the Buggery Act, the first UK law to make sex between men illegal, put in place by Henry VIII. 

    • 36 min
    11: Scandal

    11: Scandal

    Provocative, intriguing, and perhaps salacious – it’s hard to resist a story about a scandal.

    Hear a discussion about the legacy of Liverpool losing its World Heritage status, find out what makes a book scandalous and discover why a portrait of Lord Leverhulme caused international outrage.

    • 39 min
    10: Underwater

    10: Underwater

    With Liverpool being a maritime city, a strong relationship with the sea is inevitable.

    Hear from an open water swimmer about plunging into freezing water and how this can help to free the mind in difficult times and improve mental health.

    Dive beneath the waves to find out how to play with an octopus and discover what it feels like to make friends with such an amazing and intelligent creature.

    Get an expert’s view on mangrove trees, how they are being affected by pollution and why it's important for us to protect them.

    • 40 min
    9: Hair

    9: Hair

    For centuries we have been cutting, dying, curling, straightening, and braiding our hair.

    But is hair just for expressing personal style – or is there more we can discover about society, history and even ethics?

    Look back to the Roman period and hear how hairstyle influencers from elite society spread the latest hair trends amongst the masses.

    Discover the social and political history surrounding Afro hair and get a personal perspective about the importance of celebrating Black hair today.

    Find out how a bizarre dress from our collections - made of human hair extensions - caused mixed reactions from audiences and consider the ethics behind using human hair for fashion.  

    • 34 min
    8: My body

    8: My body

    All bodies are worthy of love and respect.

    **Content warning: this episode explores stories relating to eating disorders and abortion**

    Hear the inspiring journey of one Instagrammer, from difficulties with body image to arriving in a place of body acceptance.

    Through the etchings in our collections by celebrated artist Paula Rego, discover the personal and political stories behind Rego’s abortion series, with commentary from the artist’s son, Nick Willing.

    Look back at sculptures from ancient Greece to discover how body ideals from the ancient world have influenced our thinking about beauty today.

    Finally, find out how one artist sets out to challenge representations of male body image and masculinity in the media, creating work from an LGBTQ+ perspective.

    • 42 min
    7: Identity

    7: Identity

    Who are you and how do you express yourself? In this episode, explore how some people reach out to connect with their ancestors and hear a discussion about the complex identity of scousers with African and Afro-Caribbean heritage. Delve into the world of tattooing as we learn about the original sailor tattoos and look at why marking our skin can help shape our identities in the present day.

    • 48 min

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