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National Museums Liverpool is out and proud!

27 July 2017 by Andrew

National Museums Liverpool’s Pride banner

We commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality this week with the opening of the exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. Read more…

Lights out, Liverpool! New Maritime drama

5 July 2017 by Andrew

Dave Brown as Jim Coleman

Dave Brown, Education Demonstrator at Merseyside Maritime Museum blogs about the new drama Lights Out, Liverpool! which he devised and performs this Sunday, 9 July.

“The ‘U boat peril’ was as Churchill himself said the only thing that really scared him during World War Two. But Liverpool and the people who lived through bombing, especially during the may Blitz in 1941, their story was never really spoken about during the war. So I thought to bring the story to life, become someone who lived through it all, both on land and at sea.

Lights Out, Liverpool! is the reminiscences of sailor turned ARP warden, Jim Coleman who worked on the tugs on the River Mersey, before signing onto a tanker to bring much needed supplies back to Britain. Though a fictional character, his experiences are based on true stories that I’ve weaved together to give visitors a sense of the period during World War Two when Liverpool was a vital link in helping to win the War. Important events that affected the city that Jim talks about include the 1941 May Blitz and Battle of the Atlantic. We also get to hear that despite the challenges of the War, there was a great sense of humour on the docks.”

Performances are at intervals from 1.30 and are free, click here for more information.

 

Museums and galleries brighten LightNight!

16 May 2017 by Andrew

Merseyside Maritme Museum, the International Slavery Museum and Walker Art Gallery join in with this year’s LightNight. The date for your diary is Friday 19 May, when they’ll remain open until 10pm, with some very special free events taking place. Read more…

Seized! forensics display reveals secrets

3 May 2017 by Andrew

Part of the forensics display in Seized!

This week a new forensics display was added to Seized! The border and customs uncovered gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Here, Steve Butler, Curator of the Border Force National Museum Collection explains the lengths criminals go to to smuggle contraband, and the ingenuity of the Border Force in detecting it.

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Clothing out of the closet

2 May 2017 by Andrew

Punk bondage suit

“Clothes, fashionable or otherwise, and whether we realise it or not, almost always have a message”, says Senior Curator of Art Galleries, Pauline Rushton.

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The legacy of LGBT visibility at National Museums Liverpool

7 April 2017 by Andrew

The Gang by Catherine Opie

“LGBT history is everyone’s history and we’re proud to tell it”, says Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at the Walker Art Gallery. Here, she blogs about National Museums legacy in programming LGBT exhibitions, artists and events that spans decades. Read more…

Suez Canal crew sought

9 March 2017 by Andrew

Melampus and Agapenor on Great Bitter Lake

Merseyside Maritime Museum is looking for former seafarers who were on a stranded ship on the Suez Canal between June 1967 and June 1975, to attend a special 50th anniversary reunion at the Museum on Thursday 1 June. Read more…

Five frightful things to do this week

27 October 2016 by Andrew

Join us for creepy crafts and ghoulishly great Halloween activities!

Join us for creepy crafts and ghoulishly great Halloween activities!

Enjoy a spooktacular school holiday this week with fiendishly good events at National Museums Liverpool.

From creepy crafts to a spooky tour, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained at our museums and galleries.

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Beguiling, bold, brilliant bats!

19 August 2016 by Andrew

Laura and some of the young bats in her care

Laura and some of the young bats in her care

World Museum participates International Bat Night at the end of August with a series of Bat-themed events that celebrate our furry flying friends.

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The allure of Mary Wollstonecraft

10 August 2016 by Andrew

John Williamson's portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

John Williamson’s portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

What is it about the Walker Art Gallery’s portrait of 18th century feminist visionary Mary Wollstonecraft that warrants its inclusion in our pioneering new LGBT project Pride and Prejudice? In this blog, art historians Camilla Mørk Røstvik and Lucy Johnson explain why it is so important that this particular painting is brought ‘out of the closet’ and given greater visibility.

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