Posts by Alison
If you are 55 or over you can get a will written for free this March. Alison Crawford, our Legacy Fundraising Officer explains all about Free Wills Month and why leaving a gift to National Museums Liverpool in your will can make a real difference.
“Every March and October, the Free Wills Month campaign runs to encourage those who have yet to make a will or would like to make amendments to an existing will, to get in touch with an associated solicitor, and take advantage of a free will writing service. This campaign is open to members of the public aged 55 and over, and full details can be found via their website: www.freewillsmonth.org.uk
Thinking of the future and what we would like to leave as our legacy, is something that many of us don’t want to often consider. However, if the time is taken now to choose how you can make a difference by leaving a gift in your will, then you can rest assured, knowing that your wishes will be carried out and that your chosen charity will benefit from your kindness.
National Museums Liverpool has evolved in part through the generosity of others, for eg; the donation of Sudley House to the city of Liverpool by Emma Holt, to the stunning collections of Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe. In recent months, the Walker Art Gallery has received an extremely generous gift, and I am often humbled by the philanthropy of those who have chosen to support us.
Leaving a gift in your will is an incredibly personal decision, and National Museums Liverpool is very grateful to those who have decided to consider us in their future plans. To those who are may be a little undecided on how their gift can really make a difference, consider this:
- Your gift could go towards the conservation of objects or artworks that are important to you
- the development of your favourite museum or gallery
- our House of Memories dementia training programme
- our education programmes
However big or small, leaving us a legacy really can make a difference, so as the Legacy Fundraising Officer for National Museums Liverpool, I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for thinking of us.”
Find out more about how to leave a legacy to National Museums Liverpool here or if you would prefer to speak to Alison, please call her directly on 0151 478 4995.
In June last year ‘Broken Lives – Slavery in Modern India’ opened at the International Slavery Museum, a powerful and moving exhibition revealing stories of hardship, survival and hope for broken lives mended.
The exhibition (open until 11 December), delivered in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network, focuses on the victims of modern slavery in India, most of who are ‘Dalits’. Many Dalits still experience marginalisation and prejudice, live in extreme poverty and are vulnerable to human trafficking and bonded labour.
Feedback from visitors to the exhibition has been incredible, for one particular individual though their visit has left a lasting impression… Read more…
29 June 2016 by Alison
Ever since Jon Daniel’s Afro Supa® Hero exhibition opened in May, I’ve been fascinated by some in the media questioning whether the age of the superhero is dead.
In a recent Guardian interview with Roland Emmerich, the German Film Director made his views on the subject clear: Read more…
26 January 2016 by Alison
According to Hannah Flint, Regional Development Executive, North of England – INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION® UK: “There are two reasons why I have loved working for International Justice Mission (IJM); the people I work with, and the people I work for. My colleagues in IJM India work alongside local authorities to rescue thousands of victims of slavery and trafficking each year. Read more…
16 November 2015 by Alison
Catherine is one of three authors taking part in the event, all of whom have been inspired to write books about modern slavery in India.
Here we talk to Catherine about what first inspired her to put pen to paper, and about the impact that working with the devadasis of India has had on her own life. Read more…
23 October 2015 by Alison
We recently spoke to artist Caroline Walker whose paintings ‘Consulting the Oracle’ (2013) and ‘Illuminations’ (2012) are currently on display as part of REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting. We were interested in finding out more about the artistic practice behind Caroline’s work, which we hope will inspire other artists. Read more…
15 October 2015 by Alison
Kumar Swamy is South India Director for the Dalit Freedom Network and is responsible for oversight of a range of on the ground education, healthcare and economic programmes run for the benefit of Dalit communities in India. These trafficking prevention projects are helping to bring about real change – not only freeing Dalits from modern forms of slavery, but freeing them from the factors that make them so vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in the first place. Here Kumar tells us of the challenges he faced growing up as a young Dalit boy in India, and of the work going on to bring about meaningful and long-lasting change in the country he loves. Read more…
17 September 2015 by Alison
Are the garments you’re wearing today free from human trafficking, or is a heartbreaking story woven through their fabric?
Carolyn Kitto, Co-Director STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia Coalition, highlights the challenges facing fashion consumers, retailers and manufacturers:
“About 16 young women had been waiting for us to arrive in a small and stiflingly hot room. They were in their late teens and early 20s. They were all eager to tell their stories of being in the Sumangali Scheme. This Scheme is a form of bonded labour and human trafficking which targets the poorest families of India. Read more…
25 May 2015 by Alison
Seized! is a permanent gallery situated in the Merseyside Maritime Museum at the Albert Dock Liverpool. The gallery explores the mysterious world of smuggling and the way in which the Border Force protects society against harms caused by this illegal activity. Read more…