One of the joys of working at, and visiting, Sudley House is the chance to see, nestling amongst paintings by the likes of Turner, Gainsborough and Reynolds, paintings by a number of 19th century artists less familiar to the average visitor, but whose work and personal stories I often find both surprising and inspiring.
As the cult sci-fi series Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary this month it seems a fitting time to remember the ground-breaking nature of the original series and of one character in particular.
The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry brought together a diverse cast for the key roles to represent his dream of a future where all nations worked together in harmony for the good of the planet. The series might be set in space with a range of fantastical alien species but during the Cold War era it could have seemed just as unlikely to have the Russian officer Chekov working alongside his American colleagues on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
However, the most influential character of the 1960s series was probably Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols. Read more…
Talar Aghbashian is one of this year’s John Moores Painting Prize prizewinners. Selected from more than 2,500 entries, Talar’s painting represents a memory of a disproportionate, ill-sculpted arm of a statue of an assassinated politician.
We caught up Talar ahead of her free talk, taking place at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 20 September, 1pm. Read more…
Merseyside Archaeological Society (MAS) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!
In the winter of 1975-1976 local archaeologists, both professional and voluntary, began to feel that the new county of Merseyside (founded in 1974) should be represented by its own archaeological society.
There seemed to be a threat to buried archaeology from development, and lots of people keen to preserve the past, and learn more about it. Read more…
As part of the consultation period prior to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s South End galleries we asked visitors about how they would like to see Lord Lever’s collections interpreted. We were keen to explore the use of technology in our displays but were mindful that many people were wary of too much intervention wanting to keep the galleries as they were. However, 99% of those surveyed said that they owned a smartphone and 71% were interested in a venue app and would consider downloading one.
We set to work planning how we could enhance a visit to the Gallery using digital content but not at the expense of the physical experience and so it was decided to develop a simple app which gave visitors, particularly families, an alternative method of exploring the collections in the new galleries and in the comfort of their own homes.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year thousands of objects are discovered, many by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.
As the scheme’s regional finds liaison officer, covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, I find that every week more and more finds make their way into the office to be recorded for the PAS database. In order to process them all I need help and that comes in the form of some fantastic people willing to give up their time to volunteer. Read more…
The first in a series of blogs from Marion Servat-Fredericq, Assistant Curator of Antiquities, reveals aspects of the fascinating culture of Ancient Egypt through some objects from our collection.
“We have put some of the most popular objects from our Egyptian collection on display online while the Ancient Egypt gallery is closed for extensive refurbishment. This beautiful set of Egyptian canopic jars, also on display in the atrium, give us insight into Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. Read more…
This Sunday, 11 September marks National Dementia Carers’ Day, which recognises the important contribution family and informal carers make by caring for people living with dementia.
To mark the occasion, National Museums Liverpool has been funded by the Department of Health to launch free dementia workshops for family carers, partnering with museums across the country.
House of Memories dementia awareness for family carers workshops build on the success of our award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme, which has been running at the Museum of Liverpool since 2012. Read more…
Last week we re-displayed some of our new Japanese netsuke in the World Cultures gallery in World Museum. This wonderful collection of carved toggles was given to the museum in memory of the well-known 20th century collector Jonas Goro Gadelius.