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Maritime Archives and Library refurbishment

19 November 2018 by Vicki Caren

old arched doorway into empty room with some rubble on the floor

New entrance to the Maritime Archives and Library during the refurbishment, with a view through the library space towards the Three Graces on the waterfront

As part of the Sea Galleries development at Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Maritime Archives and Library has been closed for refurbishment. Works are currently underway to reconfigure the public search room and staff office.

The improved facilities will see the creation of a new entrance, utilising the original features of this listed dock warehouse. A spacious entrance area will also contain exhibition cases to showcase some of the treasures from the archive collections, along with a touchscreen allowing access to our information sheets and research guides outside of our opening hours.  Read more…

24-Hour Painty People

14 November 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Contact sheet of images of John Moores with artists from the 1974 competition

The Walker Art Gallery‘s archive is full of voices from the past – letters from artists, including the Pre-Raphaelites, notes from early curators and fascinating information from scholars passing judgement on paintings. The John Moores Painting Prize too has left the Walker with an archive, which stretches back 60 years since the inaugural exhibition in 1957.

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#Thankstoyou

13 November 2018 by Laura

Image of the Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011.

As a charity, National Museums Liverpool relies on the support of charitable donations. However big or small, all donations go into supporting our work looking after the wonderful collections, sharing and making them accessible to millions of visitors every year. Read more…

Behind the genes: my first month as curator

12 November 2018 by John Wilson

Vertebrates are animals with backbones. The vertebrate animal group (and our vertebrate zoology collections at World Museum) includes the large animals everyone’s familiar with – mammals, fishes, amphibians, reptiles and birds.

Although National Museums Liverpool now has varied collections and exhibits the first museum, which later became World Museum, was a museum of vertebrates! So it’s with a huge sense of honour and great responsibility that I take on the role as the new curator of vertebrates at World Museum. I started working at World Museum in mid-September and have slowly been familiarising myself with our massive collection of animals.

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Alternative Miss Liverpool crowning glory

7 November 2018 by Kay

Alternative Miss Liverpool 2011, wearing the crown

© Steven Cheshire, 2011

Homotopia Festival is now in full swing with events happening across the city up until 1 December.

To help celebrate Homotopia’s 15th birthday we have loaned the inaugural Alternative Miss Liverpool crown. It can be seen in all of its glittery glory in Tales from the city exhibition.

Zoe Graham, ‘Miss Voodou’, was crowned the first ever Alternative Miss Liverpool at The Kazimier on 12 November 2011. The high-spirited pageant was part of the annual festival. 23 people of diverse ages, genders and sexualities took part.

Zoe was presented with the amazing crown specially designed by local milliner Hayley Marsden.  Read more…

Quieter mornings at the Walker Art Gallery

2 November 2018 by Ann

A friendly welcome awaits you at the Walker

Did you know we’ve been running a programme of relaxed sessions for visitors with Autism and learning disabilities across our museums and galleries?

As part of our work with Autism Together and Autism in Museums we’ve been learning what we need to do to extend our welcome to visitors with Autism and learning disabilities, their friends and families.  As a result we’ve started hosting regular events which you can find on our website and written a series of Welcome Guides for our museums and galleries which aim to take the guess work out of a visit and seek to answer some of our most frequently asked questions which arise when anyone is thinking about visiting.  You can view and download a guide before you visit or borrow one from the information desk during a visit. Read more…

Building Britannia: behind the scenes at the Museum of Liverpool

31 October 2018 by Vanessa

man examining archaeological finds in a large room full of boxes on shelves

Luke selecting objects for display from the stores

Today we have a guest blog by Luke Daly-Groves. Luke is currently studying a PhD on Anglo-American intelligence relations in occupied Germany at the University of Leeds:

“For five weeks I have been working with the team of archaeologists at the Museum of Liverpool as part of a placement, in order to create a display about the Romans in Merseyside. My interest in Roman history was sparked by tales of Emperors and Empire, travels around ancient sites throughout Europe, and the works of Professor Dame Mary Beard. But studying the Romans is not all about those at the top but also about revealing something of the lives of ordinary people. This is why archaeology is so important.

Here in Liverpool, the smallest fragment of Roman tile is bagged and recorded because it may provide vital evidence. Context, in archaeology, as in history, is key. The North West was in the past considered to be an area devoid of Roman archaeology. I certainly had no idea of any Roman presence here prior to my work at the museum!  Read more…

Helen Woolstencroft: from migration to me

30 October 2018 by Stephen Carl-Lokko

Dress with family photographs printed on the fabric

Detail of Helen’s dress ‘Eva’.

In this guest blog for the Sankofa project and as part of Black History Month, artist Helen Woolstencroft reveals how family and history play an important role in her sense of identity as an artist. In this moving tribute to her grandparents,  Helen tells us about the source of inspiration for her work:

“From a young age, I was always curious about my family. Being of mixed race heritage, I always wanted to know where I fit into the world. I was captivated by my Grandad Lionel, and always wondered what his life was like in Barbados before he came to England during the Second World War.  Read more…

Gary Lawrence wins John Moores 2018 Visitors’ Choice

26 October 2018 by Andrew

Visitors’ Choice winning artist, Gary Lawrence

Visitors to the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 have spoken in their thousands and voted for Gary Lawrence’s Kos Town Paradise Hotel Front Terrace to be their winner for this year’s Visitors’ Choice Prize. The dark and deceptive painting won the £2,018 prize, sponsored by Rathbones. Read more…

Liverpool Black Sisters doing it for themselves

25 October 2018 by Kay

group of women with placards and loud hailers

Members of Liverpool Black Sisters protest at Derby Square, 1980s. © Liverpool Black Sisters/Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre

This Black History Month we are celebrating diverse voices from Liverpool’s Black community. This final blog in our series commemorates the pioneering work of the Liverpool Black Sisters.

“The biggest legacy of Liverpool Black Sisters is the impact made to the lives of the women and families who gained support, advice or guidance in order to access opportunities not afforded to them in the 70s and 80s, and who were able to gain a better perspective of their contribution to the city and the Black community. Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre is a community building that was the vision of the Sisters, that has turned into their reality”
Michelle Charters, CEO of Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre and former member of Liverpool Black Sisters, speaking in 2018.

Liverpool Black Sisters were a Black women’s group, based in L8 who worked to improve the lives of women in their community.  Read more…



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