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Legacy of the miners’ strike – 30 years on

23 April 2014 by Kay

Collecting tin used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support CommitteeThis makeshift collecting tin was used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support Committee, Kirkby Unemployed Centre, to raise money for striking miners 1984-5.

Thousands of coal miners across the country started industrial action in March 1984 when the government announced their intention to close 20 coal mines, as well as the plan, in the long-term, to close over 70 pits. Mass walk-outs and strikes began, leading to clashes between miners and the police. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize: debating art

22 April 2014 by Laura

Three peple looking at a painting

(Left to right) Jurors, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tom Benson and Tim Marlow

It’s been a busy few weeks for the John Moores Painting Prize. We recently announced the longlist, or those 52 artists who have been selected for the exhibition. This was the culmination of an arduous judging process which began with more than 2,500 entries

This year I spent some time in the judging room and got to see first hand how the selection is made.  Read more…

Ancient African Empires

22 April 2014 by Mitty

bronze sculpture of a woman's head

Benin sculpture of the Queen Mother’s head

Fred, an Education Demonstrator at the International Slavery Museum, has written about one of the fascinating aspects of African history that you can find out about in the museum:

“As a slavery museum, we also learn about West Africa. European slave traders justified their mistreatment and exploitation of African people by painting a picture of Africa as a simple or “primitive” place compared to European civilisations. In reality, a series of powerful empires, with skilled craftsmen and complex societies existed in West Africa before and during the period of transatlantic slavery, including the once mighty Kingdom of Benin. We’ve added new objects to our Life in West Africa session to reflect this. Read more…

City wildflower meadow at World Museum

16 April 2014 by Steve

A cowslip growing in the city garden.

A cowslip growing in the city wildflower meadow.

This week is National Gardening Week – the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.

During the last 14 months, we have been planting native wildflowers in front of World Museum. Our ambition is to create a colourful and diverse natural wildflower meadow that will brighten-up the existing grassed area and which will become a small urban wildlife refuge. We also would like to use this space to promote strong environmental messages.  Read more…

Vote for your favourite dot-art artist

16 April 2014 by Andrew

Dot art voting posterThere’s still a week left for you to vote for your favourite young artist and decide which works make it into the dot-art schools exhibition, which opens at the Walker Art Gallery on the 17 May to 8 June.

Over 1000 students from 46 Liverpool City Region Schools have taken part in the competition. The judges for this year include Sandra Penketh, NML’s Director of Art Galleries, Jenny Porter, Project Manager at Metal and Liverpool Art Prize and Sarah Pickstone,  winner of the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012Read more…

Hillsborough remembered

15 April 2014 by Lucy

Picture showing 15/4/1989

The date of the Hillsborough tragedy will remain on the Museum of Liverpool until 21 April

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Across Liverpool, people will be paying their respects by taking part in a minute’s silence at 3:06pm, the time the match was abandoned on 15 April, 1989.

All National Museums Liverpool venues will be recognising the minute’s silence.

Our guest blog today comes from our colleagues at the National Football Museum, who will also be joining with us at 3:06pm to remember the 96 people who lost their lives that day:   Read more…

Making three new guns for Oceanic 2

14 April 2014 by Sam

detail of guns on the deck of a ship model

Oceanic 2, showing an original gun (left) and a new one (right)

Here’s the latest update from ship and historic models conservator  David Parsons, in a blog series about conserving the model of Oceanic 2:

“The last of the major pieces of work that I have done for the conservation of the builder’s model of Oceanic 2 was the making of three replacement guns, similar to Bofors guns, or 12 pounder Quick Firing guns.

Originally the model had eight guns but three of these were missing. Read more…

15.4.1989 – A tribute

11 April 2014 by Lucy

Display of date on the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy

15 April 2014 will mark 25 years since 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Hillsborough during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The Museum of Liverpool – dedicated to telling the story of Liverpool and its people – is commemorating this date for all to see, recognising its significance and the city’s united grief for those who were lost but will never be forgotten.  Read more…

“It’s about updating the gallery in a thoughtful way…”

9 April 2014 by Vivien

Visitors take a look at plans for the gallery.

Visitors take a look at plans for the gallery.

I always enjoy the chance to work with our visitors to find out what they really think about what we’re doing in our museums and galleries. Recently I’ve been working on some consultation projects at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, where I’ve had the chance to show visitors some of the plans for the redevelopment of the south end galleries and talk about our the aims for the project.  Read more…

Website named as honoree in Webby awards 2014

9 April 2014 by Lynn

Webby award nominee badgeWe are delighted that our website has been chosen as honoree by this year’s Webby awards, in their cultural institutions’ website category.  With over 12,000 entries to the Webbys, this is no mean feat!

We redesigned the site last year, trying to make it easier to use and better looking. We think it’s a bold and beautiful design and much clearer than it used to be and it sounds like the Webby’s agree.

You can see the Cultural Institution website nominees and honorees at: http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/general-website/cultural-institutions/honorees  Read more…