Mike Stammers Memorial Lecture
For those who remember Mike and for those who don’t, the Centre for Port and Maritime History has organised another lecture in what is now an annual series recognising the late Emeritus Curator of the Merseyside Maritime Museum (MMM). 050The series gives local societies – the Waterways Museum Society, the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Liverpool Nautical Research Society, Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society and the Royal Mersey Yacht Club – with all of which Mike was closely associated, an opportunity to celebrate his varied and generous contributions. This year’s lecture details are… Centre for Port and Maritime History – Mike Stammers Memorial Lecture Title: “Don’t think of emigrating!” Liverpool and overseas migration during the First World War. Speaker: Rachel Mulhearn, former Director of MMM Date and time: Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 at 6.15 p.m. Venue: the Martin Luther King building, otherwise the Old Dock Office or Granada Building. NB this was originally the Merseyside Maritime Museum. “During his career, Mike Stammers published work that contributed to knowledge about Liverpool and the city’s role in the ‘Great Migration’. This translated into the enduringly popular Emigrants to a New World gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum. The ‘Great Migration’, the exodus of millions of people from Europe, particularly to the U.S.A. , Canada and Australia, came to an end with the outbreak of war in 1914. However, the global conflict did not bring overseas migration to a complete halt. This lecture moves us on from the history of the ‘Great Migration’ and considers what happened next, with specific reference to Liverpool’s continuing role as a port central to migration. During the First World War, while the volume of people migrating dropped significantly, what emerged were atypical patterns of travel that saw women and children dominate ships’ passenger lists. This lecture tells the story of some of those who left Britain during the 1914-1918 war, looks at the reasons behind their decision to embark on these journeys, and what form their relationships with Liverpool took.” – Racheal Mulhearn. This year’s lecture will be held at MMM as is most appropriate for Mike and for this year’s speaker, Rachel Mulhearn, who followed Mike as Curator in 2004 and was Director of MMM from 2009 to 2012. WMS members probably know Rachel, now a cultural heritage consultant, in her recent role under an Esmee Fairbairn grant. She and Emma Chaplin undertook a research and development project on the Museum’s historic boat collection in 2016. As ever, all who can brave an evening over the water are welcome to the lecture.