"Anything to declare, Sir?" Merseyside Maritime Museum Tip by planxty

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool: 28 reviews and 49 photos

  Customs exhibition, Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK
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  • Customs exhibition, Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK - Liverpool
      Customs exhibition, Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK
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  • Exhibit, Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK - Liverpool
      Exhibit, Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK
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  • Exhibit, Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK - Liverpool
      Exhibit, Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK
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I realise that this is supposed to be a part of the Merseyside Maritime Musem but given it's size, occupying nearly the entire basement of the building, I feel it merits a seperate tip. It is effectively a Museum of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), formerly Her Majesty's Customs and Excise (HMC&E). I know from personal friends that this amalgamation does not sit easily with either organisation!

This very interesting exhibition covers the history of the Revenue men, as they were formerly called, although it seems to be focused on the more modern aspects of their job. There are some very good interactive exhibits including interactive units and a "hands on" find the contraband display. Frankly, the ingenuity of smugglers is amazing.

HMRC deal with a lot of things. Obviously the alcohol, tobacco and perfume you would think of, but they are also involved in combatting people smuggling, weapons and even CITES products. The latter are basically endangered species, tortoise shells, certain snake skins, various animal products for traditional Chinese medicine etc. Given the amount of gun crime in the UK the display of seized weapons (pictured) is frightening.

Very well-presented, it is worth spending some time in. Oh, and if you visit, I managed to pass the test to be a Customs officer, have a go yourself!

Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Directions: In the basement of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Phone: +00 44 (0)151 478 4499
Website: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/collections/seized/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 12, 2009
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