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Spotted! That’s me in the photo – 30 years on

20 April 2015 by Kay

two women in front of a huge photo

Vivian with her daughter in front of the photograph of her (right)

Vivian Walcott was recently very surprised to see herself as a 10 year old in the L8 Unseen exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool – especially as she doesn’t remember the event or the photograph being taken!

The picture, of a street party for the L8 Mandela Freedom Festival in 1988, shows Vivian with her friend, Tito Cooper.

She lived in Magdela Street at the time – where her mum, a well-known member of the community still lives, and fondly remembers the tight knit L8 community growing up. Read more…

Conserving Egyptian animal mummies

17 April 2015 by Tracey

several small animal-shaped mummies on a table

A recent arrival here in the organics conservation studio is this strange little collection of Egyptian animal mummies from World Museum.

Here we have pear-shaped folded-up birds, cats with painted faces, a fish, a very small dog, crocodiles and something very neat in the shape of a miniature human mummy. Read more…

Structural treatment of the ‘Falaba’ painting

16 April 2015 by David Crombie

large painting lying flat on a table with a protective cover

To stretch it, the protected painting was placed face-up within a wooden loom frame on the multi-purpose lining table before wetted brown paper strips were attached around all four sides. As these were drying, the table was set to provide moisture underneath the canvas to relax it slightly during the stretching process.

Curator Ellie Moffat recently blogged about the centenary of the sinking of the ‘Falaba’ during the First World War. In her blog post she mentioned the large painting of Falaba which has just gone on display in the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

Preparing the painting for display was quite a large job, not just because of its size, but also because it was not in a very good condition after suffering water damage many years ago.  Read more…

Fresh Perspectives at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

15 April 2015 by Ann

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Angelica Vanasse, Education Project Assistant for the Lady Lever Art Gallery has been working with local schools and their art departments on a very special exhibition, now in the final week of the ‘Fresh Perspectives: Art from Wirral Schools’ she tells you why you need to make time to see the work of our young local artists.  Read more…

Lord Mayor is a House of Memories ‘Buddy’

15 April 2015 by Lucy

Image of Carol Rogers and Lord Mayor

(l-r) Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education and Visitors at National Museums, and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp

Ahead of our new ‘Buddy’ programme, which begins at the Museum of Liverpool next week, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp, has shared with us her personal experiences of dementia, and how House of Memories can help:

“One of the charities I have chosen to support during my year as Lord Mayor is the Alzheimer’s Society. So, when I became Lord Mayor I took myself along to the Museum of Liverpool to meet Carol Rogers and learn more about the House of Memories dementia awareness programme. It was an amazing visit and I learned so much about what the Museum is doing to not only support those who have had a diagnosis of dementia but those who support them.

Read more…

Brutal Exposure reviewed by Vava Tampa

13 April 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Image of Congolese man with injured wrist at entrance to exhibitionThere are less than two months left to visit our powerful exhibition Brutal Exposure: the Congo at the International Slavery Museum. Vava Tampa, founder of Save the Congo and chair of the Morel Prize, has given his thoughts on the display:

Brutal Exposure: the Congo at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum is notable for many things. One of the masterpieces at the heart of this brilliantly staged installation is a still, sanitised portrait of a Congolese man Lomboto.

Simple and sublime, Lomboto’s portrait, which is also the exhibition’s lead image – and one of the few images that became iconic for colonial brutality – fills the high white wall of the exhibition’s entrance space, Read more…

A visit to the World Museum, organics department

9 April 2015 by Ann

Venatio

People share a tremendous enthusiasm and passion for our collections across the world. One of the less visible sides of curators’  and conservators’ work is the facilitation of access to our collections for the purposes of different types of study and research. Gary Haverty is an MA student at the University of Galloway in Ireland and here he talks about his passion for studying Consular Ivory Diptychs and what he gained from examining closely the important examples from our collections.

“Some of the unsung wonders of the ancient world lie shrouded in the organics conservation studio of World Museum. I first became interested in consular ivory diptychs as a Classics postgraduate with an interest in art history. While unpicking the tapestry of scholarship from scholars such as Alan Cameron and Anthony Cutler, I began to uncover some powerful and colourful insights into the social and political lives of the Roman Consul. Driven by an appetite, for not just the facts and figures, but to subject these commemorative objects to autopsy, I contacted Dr Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Classical Antiquities. Read more…

Mersey training ships

9 April 2015 by Sarah Starkey

Black and white photograph of training ships on the Mersey

Photograph of training ships, Conway and Indefatigable, in the Mersey, 1934 (MAL reference McR/90/18)

There was a great need in the merchant navy for trained men and to satisfy this demand a number of training schools were set up. Several of these were in vessels moored on the Mersey, although those that survived into the late 20th century eventually became shore based. The Maritime Archives and Library holds the records of two training ships, the Conway and the Indefatigable. Read more…

Caldies Big Dig

7 April 2015 by Liz

Calderstones Mansion House

Calderstones Mansion House

The Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists are busy preparing for our next dig, and this one’s a ‘big dig’ at Calderstones Park!

We’re working with The Reader Organisation to run a community dig, giving local people the chance to try their hand at archaeology and help investigate the long history of Calderstones Park. Read more…

Private tours of conservation studio this members’ month

3 April 2015 by Sarah Houghton

Paintings conservator at work in the studioDid you know that there are 3250 paintings in our collections which are all looked after by our paintings conservation department?  This year during members’ month in May, our members can immerse themselves into this fascinating world of paintings conservation and enjoy a private tour of the studio, something that isn’t available to the general public. Read more…

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