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Ten missing animal mummies come home!

23 January 2018 by Ashley Cooke

Just before Christmas ten animal mummies were returned to World Museum after 40 years. The excitement all started in late October when I got an interesting message about a box of crocodiles and a cat from Hannah who works on the information desk at World Museum (it was like Christmas come early AND it was actually my birthday that day). Read more…

Trans Atlantic Militaries : LGBTQ rights

22 January 2018 by Kay

Caroline Paige in Royal Air Force uniform at the door of number 10

Caroline outside of 10 Downing Street, 2012. Courtesy of Caroline Paige.

Our fifth blog post for OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February, is from Caroline Paige.

Caroline, who was the first openly transgender officer in the British Armed Forces, will be exploring ‘Trans Atlantic militaries; how the UK showed the way and the USA lost it; and the implications for LGBTQ rights’. Read more…

1950s inspired photography workshop

19 January 2018 by Ann

Alex Wood glamorously dressed in 1950s period clothing with a burgundy fitted jacket and stylish white hat and glovesEver felt like developing some portrait photography skills? If so why not join photographer Steve Judson for one of two free workshops at the Lady Lever Art Gallery on 11 February, inspired by the Model Image: fashion and photos from the 1950s exhibition.  Each one hour photography workshop is suitable for young people aged 14 years and over and adults.   The workshop is suitable for beginners as no photography experience is necessary.

Working with models and photographing them in a unique setting is a fantastic opportunity to build upon your photography skills, so bring along your creative ideas and get the most out of this special workshop. This is a superb opportunity whether it’s your first steps in working with models or wanting to expand your portfolio. Read more…

Liverpool Pride – The inside story

17 January 2018 by Kay

Mayor leading crowds at the Liverpool Pride march

Liverpool Pride 2010 © Jeb Smith

Our fourth blog post instalment for OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February 2018, is from Joan Burnett.

Joan, a trustee of Liverpool Pride, will be presenting ‘Liverpool Pride: A Local Protest, An International Message’.

She tells us more –

“My talk shows the development of Liverpool Pride from a protest from grass roots reaction to a local hate crime, to a large scale public event that has become part of a city’s cultural calendar and which has consistently uses Liverpool’s status as an internationally renowned city to raise awareness of LGBT+ human rights.”

Read more…

Kim Cattrall at the Walker Art Gallery

16 January 2018 by Felicity

Image of Kim Cattrall following a recent in-conversation event hosted by the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres

Kim Cattrall at a recent in-conversation event hosted by the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres

We’re incredibly excited to be able to reveal that a very special painting will soon be joining our collection at the Walker Art Gallery!

The winner of this year’s Sky Portrait Artist of the Year will receive a £10,000 commission to paint the actress Kim Cattrall, with the painting set to hang here at the gallery.

The series, presented by Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner, airs on Sky Arts tonight. We can’t wait to see which talented artists have been selected to compete for the commission.

We’re particularly thrilled that the painting will be of Kim, who was born in Liverpool’s Mossley Hill. She moved to Canada at three months of age, before returning to stay with family at the age of 11. She moved back to Canada to finish high school when she was 16.

Kim has fond memories of visiting our museums and galleries as a child, and also of being inspired by watching theatre here in the city. She famously went on to play the role of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at Liverpool’s Playhouse theatre back in 2010. Kim is perhaps best known for playing the role of Samantha Jones in Sex and the City.

More than 1,000 artists from across the UK applied for the show this year. From small, delicate studies to large-scale, full-body canvases in oil, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, pencil and even collage – the series will see a whole host of different takes on the classic artistic challenge of portraiture.

The three chosen finalists will face the challenge of commissions to paint the eminent designer Kenneth Grange, iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and bestselling author, international superstar and Spice Girl Geri Horner, with portraits to hang at the Design Museum, the Fashion and Textile Museum and the British Music Experience. The overall winner will receive the commission to paint Kim’s portrait.

We’ll be watching the series with great excitement and can’t wait to share more news about the portrait over the coming months!

Can We Dig It?!

16 January 2018 by Liz

We have an exciting 2018 planned for our Mersey and Dee Young Archaeologists! This club, for 8-16 year-olds, explores our archaeology, history and heritage in a variety of ways, and we love getting out and getting our hands dirty too! Read more…

The trial of Lord Alfred Douglas – have your say! Guilty or not guilty?

15 January 2018 by Kay

smartly dressed man sitting at a table piled with books

Lord Alfred Douglas

Our third blog post in the run up to our exciting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February, is from Peter Scott-Presland and Andrew Lumsden.

Peter and Andrew will be delivering an interactive presentation in which the audience will be invited to participate and to come to its own ‘verdict’.

They tell us more –

“The trial is a reinterpretation of events believed to be well-known. Alfred Douglas is thought of as Oscar Wilde’s Great Love, and they are tragically yoked together forever in Queer Myth. Peter will argue that on the contrary, Douglas was nothing less than a murderer, both physically and creatively. Andrew appears for the defence, seeing Douglas as a forerunner of the Gay Liberation Front”.

The full programme for the day at the Museum of Liverpool can be seen here
Read more…

Fun for families at the International Slavery Museum

12 January 2018 by Stef

man holding up colourful hand-made paper masks in traditional African designs

Yazz delivering the African masks hands-on activity

Find out more about the fantastic family events coming up at International Slavery Museum with Education Demonstrator Yazz:

“I hope you all enjoyed visiting the International Slavery Museum in 2017. Dorcas Seb’s spoken work performance for Human Rights Day was a highlight of the year for me! What was your highlight of 2017?

It’s a new year and there are more exciting events to come as part of our 10th anniversary programme- I think that 2018 might even prove to be our best year yet!

We have some fantastic special events coming up for families and our younger visitors. Are you looking for fun, free activities for all the family? If so, now is the time to sit back, relax with a cup of tea and let me tell you what events are coming up for you.

January is packed with creative family workshops and you can even join us to learn new skills in two amazing artist-led workshops. Read more…

Get involved – Diversity Role Models LGBT+ session

12 January 2018 by Matt

At the Museum of Liverpool we are passionate about telling real people’s stories and using them to champion social justice.  As part of the event series for Tales from the city we are teaming up with Diversity Role Models to offer a great opportunity for young people aged 12-16 to learn about Liverpool’s LGBT+ communities, their stories and their histories. Diversity Role Model Kate Hutchinson tells us more about their work and what you can expect from this wonderful free session-

Read more…

A painting through time – Burd Helen

11 January 2018 by Ann Bukantas

‘Burd Helen’ by William Lindsay Windus

Since our painting ‘Burd Helen’, painted in 1856 by William Lindsay Windus, featured in the recent BBC2 programme ‘A House Through Time’, we’ve been flooded with questions. Presented by David Olusoga, the programme revealed that the male character in the painting was a portrait of a man called Wilfred Steele.

Was this a new discovery? Did we already know who the sitter was? What was the source that David Olusoga mentioned?
Read more…



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