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Crisis art group mural

18 December 2014 by Lucy Johnson

Crisis art group in front of their muralThroughout 2014, an art group run by the charity Crisis have visited exhibitions across our museums and galleries. Inspired by what they have seen, the group members have spent the last 12 weeks working together in their workshop on a mural which celebrates the city of Liverpool. I attended the unveiling of the fantastic artwork and got the chance to see other paintings the group have produced. There were some wonderful creations!

Their favourite exhibitions this year were Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences and the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery; both provided the group with a wealth of discussion, debate and ideas for their own work. The group spoke very passionately about their experiences of visiting our venues and it was very rewarding to see how our exhibitions can inform, challenge and inspire people.

Detail of the mural showing a lambanana, the radio city tower the ferry and Ken Dodd.A big thank you to Crisis art group and we hope to see you in 2015!

 

Royal School for the Blind, today

17 December 2014 by Lucy Johnson

A photograph of a young girl who attends the Royal School for the BlindAn admissions register from 1791 which lists the first pupils to attend Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind is currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool. It is part of Unsung, a display which celebrates the life of Edward Rushton, a human rights activist who started the campaign to set up the school. Teacher Nick Young gives us an insight into the ongoing work of the school today:

Nick Young: “More than two centuries of educating the visually impaired have placed the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool as one of the leading schools of its kind. The school was founded in 1791 by Edward Rushton and was the first such school in Britain, second only to Paris in the world. Read more…

A Christmas gift from 1914

15 December 2014 by Jen

Offer of WIlliam Galvin's framed tin (2) - blog size

Framed Princes Mary gift received in 1914 by Royal Navy Stoker, William Galvin. In the bottom right of the frame you can see a piece of shrapnel that fell on the deck of his ship the HMS Lion.

Once again, (and, as usual, far sooner than those of us who haven’t finished the shopping yet had expected), we are fast approaching Christmas. A season as much associated with ideas of peace and goodwill as with gift giving and good food. Christmas presents have become an inescapable part of the season, one which many people (or at least those who are very well organised) start to think about a couple of months in advance.

In October 1914 one young girl seems to have been doing exactly that and her Christmas list was certainly more ambitious than most! Princess Mary, the 17 year old daughter of King George V, decided she wanted to send a gift to:

“every sailor afloat and every soldier at the Front”

Read more…

Help with finding the right Christmas pressie

12 December 2014 by Lynn

Finding the perfect present!Here, Sarah Houghton, from our Development team, talks about finding a Christmas present for those tricky-to-buy-for friends and families.


 

I don’t know about you, but every Christmas, I rack my brains over what to get for those difficult to buy for friends and family. Read more…

“We were asked to go to Australia. We didn’t even know where it was…”

12 December 2014 by Dickie

Black and white image of school children clutching dolls

Anne Swifte (nee Duxbury) far left departing for Australia in August 1950.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum exhibition On Their Own: Britain’s child migrants, tells the heart-breaking story of child migration.

Anne Swifte (nee Duxbury) was ten years old when she left her home in Ormskirk for a new life in Australia. This is her emotional story of loss and resilience…  Read more…

UK Disability History Month – Artist, Peter N Spencer (1924 – 1987)

11 December 2014 by Kay

MOL.2011.93.1This is our second feature for UK Disability History Month, 2014. This year’s theme is War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement.

Peter Spencer, a well-known foot and mouth artist, painted this image of a Starways Viscount aircraft in flight in 1964. Peter had been a pilot during the Second World War and lost the use of his arms and hands following an aircraft accident 27 March 1945.

With great dedication and endurance, he learned to paint and to draw holding the brush in his mouth. His works were exhibited widely and he was awarded an MBE in 1980 for his human and artistic achievements.
Read more…

My reason for joining the Centenary Club – by Gavin Hunter

8 December 2014 by Felicity

Image shows Historian Gavin Hunter at the Gallery

Historian Gavin Hunter at the Gallery

Lever historian Gavin Hunter is a regular visitor, and speaker, at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Here he shares what he loves most about the Gallery, as well as his very special reason for joining the Centenary Club: Read more…

Funding award to highlight LGBT collections

4 December 2014 by Lucy

Image of man sitting in front of David Hockney painting

‘David Hockney: Early reflections’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery

We are delighted to announce that National Museums Liverpool has been awarded a significant grant to fund research into its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) collections in its art galleries and urban history items at the Museum of Liverpool.

The £91,863 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will be used to support the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project, which we will develop with partner Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, based within one of the UK’s most prominent LGBT communities.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a two-year project, that will tackle the challenges faced across the museum sector, by realising the full potential of LGBT collections to ensure that objects and stories within these collections are fully researched, sensitively interpreted and made accessible online and through display to a wide and diverse audience. Read more…

Teen Takeover Day

4 December 2014 by Sam

students visiting the Piermaster's House

Students on a visit to plan their takeover day

Next week the Museum of Liverpool is being taken over for a special afternoon of events run by local students. We asked their assistant headteacher what to expect:

“For the past few months, students from Weatherhead High School have been working in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool organising a Teen Takeover Day, which will take place on Wednesday 10 December, 2014, 1-3pm.

The event is packed full of fun activities for all ages including special performances from singers and dancers who are all Weatherhead High School students. There will also be a football quiz and trail. Read more…

Rescue Ships addition to Battle of the Atlantic gallery

4 December 2014 by Jen

Brenda Shackleton on gallery with new Rescue Ships panel

Brenda Shackleton on gallery with new Rescue Ships panel

Many people are familiar with the important role the shipping convoys played during the Second World War and the dangers they faced to keep Britain supplied. Shipping provided all the oil, half of all the food, and most raw materials required by Britain. By 1939 this was 55 million tons of food and raw materials per year. The convoys were famously escorted by the Royal Navy, who worked hard to offer protection to the vital shipping, but there was another group supporting them whose role is less well known. Read more…

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