A new display at Museum of Liverpool marks the first anniversary of the death of Herbert Howe, award winning hairdresser, radio show host, reality TV star, charity fundraiser, actor and even pantomime dame! Linda McDermott, Presenter of Late Night Live, BBC Radio Merseyside and one of Herbert’s closest friends, tells us more about this Liverpool legend: Read more…
We are now in the final few weeks of the Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition, which ends here at the Walker Art Gallery on 29 October. Read more…
As students embark on a new academic year Andrew Barker, Associate Director, Library Services at Liverpool John Moores University, reflects how one very special student, 60 years ago this month, started down a path which was to lead him to influences and friendships which changed his, and so many other lives, forever:
When we decided to create an embedded engagement space within the Coming Out exhibition, we were hoping that it would be used by individuals and groups to bring their voices and perspectives to the exhibition. It’s been wonderful to see the potential of this space realised through over 30 events programmed as part of Coming Out – many inspired and led by members of LGBT+ communities.
This week’s blog is by Yazz Vanducci, Education Demonstrator at the Museum. It highlights our events for Black History Month, as well as updating you on what’s happening for families! –
“What a busy time it’s been for the team at the International Slavery Museum! Firstly, we celebrated Slavery Remembrance Day (our 18th one) on 23 August and now we are in Black History Month.
“Before I mention what’s going on for Black History Month, I would like to tell you some the new and exciting projects our team have been working on.
“These include new family sessions exploring African myths and legends where we look at the many different stories from all over Africa and then create some of the characters from the stories.
“You can also come to our gallery and learn about the Underground Railroad and some of the heroic journeys that people undertook as well as the people themselves like Harriet Tubman and William and Ellen Craft. We also have an amazing new learning game that was designed by Belvedere History Club with the International Slavery Museum and artist Hwa Young Jung which you can try out – I even had a hand in designing some of the images for it!
“Now for the musically minded, why not drop into our Mbaye African Drumming session this Sunday, 8 October, with amazing urban griot Karin Mbaye. I will be holding the door of the Anthony Walker Education Centre open to welcome you and may be joining in drumming with Karim too. The excitement doesn’t stop there either, as later on that day you can also join Karim for Stories from Senegal, an interactive story telling session for families.
“We also have Nina Simone in focus, yet another free drop in event the Anthony Walker Education Centre 14th October at 1-2pm. So why not come and join poetess Empress-Jai for her presentation celebrating the life of Nina Simone.
“Finally, you can join us for an amazing tour of our new exhibition, Ink and blood: Stories of abolition with our visitor hosts Danny and John to explore the ending of slavery through ink (key documents) and blood (people involved).
“We can’t forget that the International Slavery Museum is now 10 years old and we have lots more exciting things coming up for you to and me to do during our 10th anniversary programme so drop by the museum to see us and get involved.”
On Saturday 14th October Museum of Liverpool will be screening the new short documentary film ‘Sin Bin of the City’. Join us for the first public screening of the film followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and members of the L8 community. Read more…
Black Salt: Britain’s Black Sailors exhibition opens today. Revealing the historically overlooked experiences of Black seafarers, the exhibition and the book it is based on – Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships – reveal how Black sailors contended with the dangers and hazards of life at sea, and challenged inequality on board and ashore. The book’s author Liverpool historian Dr Ray Costello, blogs about some of the roles those sailors would have had. Read more…