Merseyside Maritime Museum
The museum’s collections showcase the international importance of Liverpool as a major gateway to the world. Opened in 1980 and further expanded in 1986, the museum is located at the Albert Dock, occupying warehouse block D.
It also houses the former HM Customs & Excise National Museum, now a gallery located in the basement, and contains one of the most important collections of its type held anywhere in the world.
Across the Canning Halftide Dock can be seen the "Three Graces" of Liverpool.
View, north, across Liverpool's Canning Halftide Dock to the new Museum and the "Three Graces" (Royal...
View across the Albert Dock showing the old warehouses and buildings.Most of these are now used as ba...
View from the Pumphouse across Canning Dock, showing the Liverpool One and Chavasse Park development....
Tate Liverpool Albert Dock outdoor art installations:- Statue of Billy Fury (1940 - 1983) by Tom Murp...
The entrance to Albert Dock complex from The Strand. This entrance is directly opposite Chavasse Park...
View across Liverpool's Canning Dock to the Albert Dock and Museum of Liverpool, showing much of the ...
The Liverpool Echo Wheel and Arena viewed from outside the main entrance to the Albert Dock complex.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.