Life on Board, Merseyside Maritime Museum

Client: National Museums Liverpool

In 2020 we successfully delivered a complex fit-out of the “Life on Board” gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool – the first new permanent gallery within the Museum for 20 years.

The project presented numerous logistical challenges. The other areas of the Museum, including the popular “Titanic & Liverpool” gallery, were to remain open 7 days a week for part of the fit out duration. In addition, the building’s central staircase and main visitor lift to the upper floors formed part of the gallery space and also required a temporary closure, meaning a careful phasing of works had to take place while also making sure the fabric of the Grade 1 listed building was protected. Our team had to consider and plan for restricted ceiling heights in some areas including vaulted ceilings.

Situated on the 2nd floor of the Maritime Museum, Life on Board relays the fascinating story of Liverpool’s seafaring communities in five sections; an Introduction, Work, Campaigning and Environment, Life on Board / Seafarers and Liners and Leisure. For all five areas Elmwood delivered Wall structures, Plinths, Armour System display cases and Glass display cases (Vitrines), Graphics, Interactives, AV and Lighting. The Project Management element of the contract required seamless coordination and interfacing of all the onsite works including the works from National Museums Liverpool’s directly appointed contractors.

The finished gallery offers an engaging and immersive visitor experience, exploring the rich histories of the communities that made travel around the globe from Liverpool possible since the 1700s, on the ships that gave the city its identity.
A key factor specified for this project was that the Galleries should have longevity, with a projected lifespan of 10 years or more. As with all our projects, we took pride in delivering a robust and well-fitted Exhibition, built to withstand regular use by enthusiastic audiences of all ages for years to come.