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House of Memories’ ‘elves’ spread a little Christmas joy

8 December 2017 by Emma Riley

Blackler's giant Santa at the Museum of Liverpool overlooks two of Santa's elves carrying House of Memories Christmas-themed memory boxes

Blackler’s giant Santa at the Museum of Liverpool keeps a watching eye over ‘honorary elf’ Bernice Blundell, Partner at FPC and a House of Memories elf.

This December, National Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories team will be delivering a special gift to people living with dementia across the North West.

Last week, dressed as Santa’s helpers, the team set up an ‘elves workshop’ to pack and wrap festive Memory boxes to send out to care homes and their residents. Read more…

Lubaina Himid wins the Turner Prize 2017!

6 December 2017 by Felicity

Lubaina Himid (far right) on a recent visit to the Walker, with Ann Bukantas (far left), Head of Fine Art, and Sandra Penketh (centre), Director of Art Galleries

Last night we heard the wonderful news that Lubaina Himid is the winner of the Turner Prize 2017. We were thrilled to hear of her well-deserved win, having worked closely with the artist over a number of years.

Visitors might remember Lubaina’s Jelly Mould Pavilions that were displayed at Sudley House back in 2010, or perhaps you’ve seen her work on show as part of our current display, Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money. Read more…

Galkoff’s tiles saved!

6 December 2017 by Liz

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The gorgeous green Galkoff tiles were added in 1933.

If you’re travelling in to Liverpool via London Road, you might spot some activity around the old Galkoff’s Kosher butcher’s shop. As part of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project the beautiful green tiles from the building are being carefully removed by professional conservators, and will be cleaned and consolidated. Bringing the tiles indoors will ensure their long-term survival. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) now own the building, and are working with the Museum of Liverpool to preserve the tiles. LSTM are giving the tiles to the museum for their preservation in public ownership in the collections of National Museums Liverpool. The tiles will be mounted and displayed in the Museum of Liverpool from late 2018 for a minimum of five years. Read more…

Finishing touches to Murillo

5 December 2017 by Olympia Diamond

Installation of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory at the walker Art Gallery

Installation of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory (1673) at the Walker Art Gallery

The practical treatment of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory (1673) finished in August, marking the end of a year-long major conservation project, which you can track in my previous blog posts.

The final phase of treatment involved retouching damages and losses on the oil sketch and Virgin and Child in Glory (1673).

The dramatic history of the painting, including the cutting and removal of the central section of the Madonna and Child, meant that two pieces from the same artwork had separate histories, and thus visually aged differently.

Read more…

Tracing Percy Galkoff’s Polish routes

4 December 2017 by Poppy

people looking at documents

Lawrence Galkoff and researcher Agata Jujeczka view documents in Lodz

Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place is a partnership project between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Museum of Liverpool. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, research has uncovered fascinating stories linked to this vibrant street from the 19th century to the present. The project focuses on two main heritage assets, Liverpool’s last surviving example of courtyard housing and P Galkoff’s kosher butchers shop. Today the shop’s distinctive green tiled façade represents a sole remnant of a once thriving Jewish community in this area.

In October 2017 the project team embarked on a research trip to Poland. They were joined by Lawrence Galkoff, the great-grandson of P Galkoff’s butchers shop owner Percy Galkoff. Read more…

Our advent calendar is going to the dogs!

30 November 2017 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

With Christmas approaching it’s time for one of my favourite annual traditions – the unveiling of National Museums Liverpool’s free online advent calendar! Each year we ease you into the festive season with daily treats from our collections and displays, including a few surprises, incredible tales and fascinating facts along the way.

Last year’s advent calendar featured cats from our museums and galleries, so to restore balance to the universe, the theme for 2017 is dogs. Read more…

A taste of Ancient Greece

27 November 2017 by Chrissy Partheni

Travel through time, from prehistoric Crete and the Minoans to the Mycenaean palaces and tombs of the Peloponnese with our Ancient Greek collection.  Through the stories of our diverse range of objects you can discover the different phases of Ancient Greek history, including the sanctuaries of Artemis Orthia in Sparta, Hellenistic Ephesus and even lands as far as the Roman Cyzicus (now in Turkey), as well as learning how the interactions of ancient Greeks with other cultures facilitated the development of new ideas.

Read more…

House of Memories’ award-winning support for carers

24 November 2017 by Emma Riley

Earlier this month our House of Memories dementia awareness programme scooped an award at the Liverpool Older People’s Awards.

House of Memories received an award for the family and friends workshops which take place monthly at the Museum of Liverpool, and we are delighted that the programme was recognised in the Outstanding Older Person Initiative category.

The free workshops are open to anyone whose life has been touched by dementia. Read more…

National Museums Liverpool celebrates Museum Shop Sunday!

24 November 2017 by Eleanor Webster

world-museum-shop-sundayDid you know that it’s Museum Shop Sunday on 26 November? It’s the perfect opportunity to head down to one of the city’s museums or galleries to start ticking things off family and friends’ Christmas lists, and give something a little bit different this year, that can’t be found on the high street.

National Museums Liverpool’s venues across the city offer perfect gifts for a range of different interests; from nautical knickknacks in Merseyside Maritime Museum, to dinotastic toys in World Museum. Best of all, every purchase made in National Museums Liverpool’s shops support our museums and galleries! Take a look at our guide below to find out what’s available this Museum Shop Sunday to make sure you’re ready for the festive season. Read more…

Lady Lever Art Gallery set for Takeover Day

22 November 2017 by Jo Keenan

On Saturday 25th November, the Lady Lever Art Gallery will be taken over by Sixth Form students from Weatherhead High School who will lead a programme of free family friendly activities.

The gallery’s education team have been working with Year 12 students from the school as part of their leadership programme to develop events for the day.  This years Takeover will be the third that the Gallery has been involved in and the first where students will deliver Family Art Club sessions for 7-12-year-olds.

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles in the cultural sector and is coordinated nationally by Kids in Museums.

Caroline Carney, Media Arts Coordinator at Weatherhead High School said: ‘Weatherhead is once again delighted to be part of Teen Takeover Day and working closely with National Museums Liverpool. The event is an important part of our Sixth Form enrichment programme, developing students’ skills in communication, teamwork and leadership.’

Here’s what some of the Year 12 students said they hope to gain from the experience.

‘Learning to work as part of a team and enhancing teamwork skills’.

‘Having the confidence to perform to a range of audiences’.

‘Improving confidence and leadership skills’.

‘I have enjoyed creating the activities and learning about local history and the collection’.

‘I hope to use the event towards gaining my Silver Arts Award’.

Students have organised a murder mystery quest and tour of the gallery, a fairy-tale flash mob, poetry readings and a 19th century selfie booth! After exploring the gallery, visitors can also enjoy entertainment by talented A Level musicians and dancers from Weatherhead High School.

With free entry and prizes for some activities, why not pop along for a fun filled afternoon for all the family 12:45 –  3:20pm?



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