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An act of defiance

1 December 2010 by davidl

Today marks 55 years since Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old seamstress, defied the segregation laws of the southern states of the USA by refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white man, and in doing so became a figurehead for the Civil Rights movement.

As the bus she was travelling on in Montgomery, Alabama, became more crowded, the bus driver decided to move the ‘colored’ sign which divided the passengers by race further back the bus, and demanded that Parks also move back to allow white passengers to sit down — Parks’ refusal and subsequent arrest led to a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system, organised by the then-unknown Reverend Martin Luther King. Though Parks was not the first to defy segregation laws in this way, her protest was the catalyst for mass action which led ultimately to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and an end to segregation.

Parks’ story is just one of the inspirational stories in the history of the Civil Rights movement: find out more in the Legacy gallery of the International Slavery Museum. Read more…

Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure Competition

24 November 2010 by davidl

Open now at Merseyside Maritime Museum, Endurance: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure tells the amazing story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to the vast continent of Antarctica, as told through the photographs taken of the voyage by Frank Hurley, who dove into icy waters to retrieve his negatives.

To celebrate this pioneering explorer spirit we want to see photos of your travels and explorations, whether from exotic destinations thousands of miles away or somewhere unusual closer to home. You don’t have to brave the harsh conditions that Shackleton and his crew endured, just be imaginative! Read more…

Plantastic! competition winner: Snails Trails

13 October 2010 by davidl

The fab Plantastic! exhibition at World Museum enthralled visitors until 5 September and during this time visitors had the chance to populate our very own Plantastic! garden on Flickr with photos of all the weird and wonderful wildlife in and around Liverpool. All entrants were in with a chance of winning a month’s supply of tasty organic veg bags from Windmill Organic of Smithdown Road, and now the lucky winner has been chosen.

We had a dazzling range of interesting photos but after much deliberation the team at World Museum chose Snails Trails by Cyran Dorman, which you can see below.
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Win a copy of our new Transatlantic Slavery book

29 September 2010 by davidl

Book cover

Transatlantic Slavery: An Introduction

Our new publication Transatlantic Slavery: An Introduction has hit the shelves. 

The book draws on the wealth of material held by the International Slavery Museum and tells of the 400-year period in which at least 12 million Africans were taken into slavery in the largest forced migration in human history. With a foreword by Reverend Jesse Jackson it’s an excellent introduction to the subject.

With Black History Month just around the corner, it’s a fitting time for the launch of the book which examines an important chapter in Black history. Don’t forget to check our special programme of free events throughout October. Read more…

Say hello to Yoko the meerkat

11 August 2010 by davidl

Our Name the Meerkat competition is now closed and the team at World Museum have chosen a winner! We had some great names suggested – Florence, Meercartney, Scrunchie – but the name that really stood out as being the team’s favourite was Yoko, suggested by Charlotte Kenny, who came to World Museum on Saturday 7 August with her family to collect her prizes. Congratulations Charlotte!

A girl with a baby meerkat on her shoulder surrounded by her family

Competition winner Charlotte with Yoko and her family at World Museum

Charlotte won a goody bag of meerkat treats, presented to her by Stephen Rowlands from Tropical Inc, the owners of Yoko and lots of other exotic animals who visit World Museum. Check out the other names suggested on the World Museum Facebook page. Read more…

Win Liverpool Summer Pops tickets

16 July 2010 by davidl

Here at National Museums Liverpool we love music as much as the visual arts (and from the popularity of The Beat Goes On in 2008-09 we know you do too!) so you’ll all be excited to know that we’ve got our hands on a pair of tickets to Zappa plays Zappa at Echo Arena Liverpool on Sunday 25 July and you could win them! 

The concert is a tribute to the legendary rock guitarist and composer Frank Zappa and features his eldest son Dweezil Zappa on lead guitar, accompanied by a host of young musical talents. Read more…

Liverpool’s Chinatown through the lens: Winners

4 June 2010 by davidl

With China Through the lens of John Thomson 1868 – 1872 closing at Merseyside Maritime Museum this Sunday, our Liverpool’s Chinatown Through the lens Flickr competition has now also come to an end and it is time to reveal the winners.

We had a really interesting range of entries and exhibition curator and competition judge Betty Yao found it difficult to choose the winner from nearly 200 photos. However after much deliberation Betty chose three images, which have all also been blogged about over the course of the competition, with the overall winner being ‘Chinese New Year – People’ by Lee Carus, an image she says she ‘returned again and again to’ because ‘…there is so much there – capturing the people, the colours’. Congratulations to Lee, who wins a banquet meal for two at Yuet Ben.

The two lucky runners-up are Graham Morgan, whose enigmatic shot Betty praised ‘for capturing the moment’, and Mark McGowan, whose Chinese arch photo reminded her of two atmospheric images from the exhibition; of the pagoda reflected on the lake, and the hazy shot of a man standing by the River Min.

Congratulations to all our entrants, and one final reminder to visit the Maritime Museum this weekend for your last chance to see John Thomson’s fascinating images.

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Liverpool’s Chinatown through the lens: Closed!

24 May 2010 by davidl

The Liverpool’s Chinatown through the lens photo competition has ended today, and there is a fantastic range of interesting photos in the competition pool on Flickr. Thanks to all those people who submitted photographs – the images make for fascinating browsing! The winner will receive a banquet for two at Yuet Ben, with two runners-up winning exhibition catalogues.

China Through the lens of John Thomson 1868-72 is only on at Merseyside Maritime Museum until 6 June, so get yourself down there and don’t miss this stunning exhibition.

The winner and runners-up will be announced shortly – watch this space! Read more…

Name the meerkat competition

13 May 2010 by davidl

The cutest animals on the planet (officially – just ask Lucy in the press office), meerkats were among the exotic animals who visited World Museum in March for a series of “Close Encounters… with live animals!” workshops as part of National Science Week, courtesy of Tropical Inc.

Now those lovely folks need a name for one of their baby female meerkats, and we want you to choose one! All you have to do is think of whatever name you think suits her best, and submit it in the comments below. Alternatively you can tweet your meerkat name on Twitter, adding the hashtag #namethemeerkat, or leave a comment on the World Museum Facebook Wall, also adding #namethemeerkat.

Not only will your name be given to the meerkat, but you will also win a goody bag of meerkat treats – DVDs, books, cuddly toys and more – and have your photo taken with your newly-named meerkat at World Museum in August.
Read more…

Whet your appetite for Liverpool Light Night

12 May 2010 by davidl

Accordionist Helen Maher brought some distinctive French style to the Walker Art Gallery today as filming took place for an item on tonight’s edition of BBC North-West Tonight (or ‘Nord-ouest ce soir’ if you like) for the upcoming exhibition High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec prints, which opens this Friday.

A woman playing an accordion in a gallery with classical statues and sculptures

Accordionist Helen Maher in the Sculpture Gallery of the Walker Art Gallery © National Museums Liverpool

Helen will be just one of the many musicians taking part in a special Musicians’ Gallery as part of Art à la Carte, the Walker Art Gallery’s event as part of Liverpool Light Night 2010.

The French-themed event will also include the band Deadbelgian with tributes to Jacques Brel, jazz from Snake Oil Jass, and the Liverpool Guitar Society with music by the quintessential French composers Debussy, Satie and Ravel.

Visitors to Light Night at the Walker will be amongst the first to see the new Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition, along with being able to browse all of the Walker’s galleries, go on gallery tours, listen to French and English poetry readings and have French food in the Walker café. Download the full programme (pdf).

The gallery will be open until 10.30pm and admission is free. Vous y voir! Read more…

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