About Sasha H
Lives in Healey, United Kingdom
Since Jan 2015
I’ve swum with wild dolphins in the Maldives, fed baby kangaroos in Australia, spent hours in the shopping malls of Dubai and crash-landed a hot-air balloon in Poland – having spent the last decade travelling and freelancing, I am a joyful, nosy traveller, always meeting new experiences head on. I enjoy digging into the culture, listening to what’s happening around me and taking thousands of photos on the way. Thanks to two decades of travelling extensively through Europe, the Middle and Far East and the Caribbean, I know the cities and countries I write about inside out. And even though I live in the Yorkshire Dales – surely the most beautiful place on earth – I never lose my enthusiasm for skiing in Zermatt, visiting my favourite cities in Italy and Poland or discovering new places to shop in Dubai.
Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums
History Museums, Speciality Museums
History Museums, Gardens
Liverpool’s most popular visitor attraction romps through the backstory of The Beatles and is the world’s largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the Fab Four. The museum tells the story of The Beatles’ journey from the Cavern Club to Abbey Road and how their music conquered the world in the 1960s. Both museum locations on Albert Dock are crammed with interactive and multimedia displays as well as a 4D movie bringing their music to a new generation of fans.
Open in 2011 in a spectacular, sleek new gallery overlooking the docks, The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city’s economic and cultural development over thousands of years from humble settlement on the side of the Mersey to post-industrial super-city, showcasing The Beatles and the rivalry between Liverpool and Everton football clubs along the way. The interior is bright and airy; displays are interactive and packed with multimedia movies; the exhibitions are thoughtfully curated and displayed; and there’s a hands-on gallery especially for kids. This is how every museum should be: informative, educational and – above all – fun.
The northern limb of London’s famous Tate Gallery is housed in a revamped warehouse in Liverpool’s once-derelict docklands and opened in 1988. With such an illustrious permanent collection of art to draw on, Tate Liverpool showcases the best of modern art with exhibitions of vast contemporary canvases, wacky installations and sculpture from great names such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon. Plus, discover photographic masterpieces from Man Ray and paintings by Picasso and Braque as well as oft-changing temporary exhibits highlighting the works of artistic mega-stars such as Andy Warhol and Piet Mondriaan.
Liverpool was once a centre of world maritime trading so it is fitting that the city hosts a vibrant ethnographic museum that examines man’s affect on our planet, looking at human achievements from prehistoric times to present day. With an aquarium, bug house full of scary creepy crawlies and lots of fossils and bones, the World Museum is heaven for curious kids – highlights include one of the UK’s finest collections of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, from mummies to fine gold jewelry, and a spectacular blast through space in the 3D Planetarium.
Located overlooking the waters of Albert Dock, the Merseyside Maritime Museum romps through the story of Liverpool’s seafaring trading successes in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which brought immense wealth to the city. Model boats, war medals, documents and marine paintings tell tales of great nautical bravado but there are also permanent exhibits centered on the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the battleship Lusitania in World War I. The museum experience incorporates summertime tours of the cutter Edmund Gardner moored up outside as well as the neighbouring Pier Master’s House.
Liverpool was once a hub of the UK’s infamous slave trade and much of its wealth was built on it, so appropriately the city has the only museum in the world dedicated to its history and subsequent consequences. Divided into four sections, the museum follows the journey of slaves from West Africa to plantations in the Caribbean, addressing such weighty issues as human rights and discrimination with an informative and level touch. Other hard-hitting exhibits are dedicated to the abolition of slavery in 1833 and present-day human trafficking.
With a raft of fine art on display from Rubens to Gainsborough and one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in Europe, the hallowed Victorian portals of the Walker Art Gallery also display a top-ranking selection of contemporary work by the likes of David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Lucien Freud. Its decorative arts collection is also second-to-none, with highlights including ancient musical instruments, Art Deco figurines and creative, contemporary glassware.
Set against a backdrop of landscaped parkland, Port Sunlight was one of the UK’s first – and finest – examples of social housing. Created by philanthropist William Hesketh Lever in 1888 as a model village for the workers at his soap factory, the village’s 900 houses come in a range of building styles from decorative Arts and Crafts to half-timbered mock-Tudor. The museum charts the evolution of Lord Leverhulme’s utopian vision and displays a model of the village, but the real joy of a visit is the chance to wander around the 130 acres of spectacular architecture, including ornate bridges, a church, war memorial, restaurants and a luxury spa hotel.