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Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place

29 January 2016 by Sam Vaux

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today – behind protective hoarding, courtesy of LSTM

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool (NML) are working together to preserve, record and display the heritage of two important sites on the LSTM campus.

Galkoff’s was a former Jewish butcher’s shop that emerged in the early 20th century. Since the 1970s the building has deteriorated and is unfortunately beyond repair. LSTM acquired the building in 2012, and working in partnership with NML intend to remove the famous tiled frontage from the building, re-present it within the Museum of Liverpool and tell the fascinating history of the business and its place within the local Jewish community. 

small courtyard surrounded by brick housing

Reconstruction of court housing, Museum of Liverpool © Mark McNulty

Remnants of the last remaining example of court housing left in Liverpool are located nearby, at Pembroke Place. This type of property – a full scale reconstruction of which can be found in The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool – was used as a form of high density, low quality housing which became widespread in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries.

This proposed project is planning to bring to life the stories of the people who lived in and around Pembroke Place by undertaking social research and archaeological investigations, which will also form part of the new Museum display.

In order to proceed with this project and engage people across Liverpool and beyond with these important parts of the city’s heritage LSTM, with partnership support from NML, is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding.

We are keen to know what you think of our plans so would be very grateful if you could please spare 3 minutes to complete our online survey by Friday 5 February 2016.

Please share this blog with anyone who you think would be in interested in taking part in our survey.

  1. Alison Sampson says:

    Important liverpool heritage. We need to preserve for future generations. It’s our history.

  2. Bernard McDonald says:

    I think this is a worth while project. It is important that future generations see what like was really like in the Liverpool of the 1900’s.

  3. Colette Johnston says:

    Would love to see both of these projects preserved as they are an important part of our heritage. We are losing so much to new modern buildings that have no character at all.

  4. Phil Stratford says:

    I think it’s great that the Galkoff shop front is to be preserved to the extent possible, and the plans to investigate Pembroke Place also sound fascinating. It’s just a shame that neither of these locations can be restored in situ.

  5. Alan Huddy says:

    interesting slant on immigration in the 19th century, must be preserved for future generations as it illustrates the people who settled here..

  6. Terry.o.urban warrior says:

    Conserve all two often we pull down historic buildings and when there gone there gone i was the last person to photograph Notre Dame school heartbreaking to see this demolished save our heritage

    • Sam Vaux says:

      Thanks very much for your comments on the project Terry, and sharing your experience of photographing Notre Dame School.

  7. june healey says:

    We need to keep some of our heritage not destroy it all ,we have lost so much .

  8. N A Bramwell says:

    I think your plan is great preserving social history

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