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Taking up the Dementia Challenge

5 December 2012 by Dawn

Earlier this year, the Museum of Liverpool launched the House of Memories dementia awareness training – an innovative programme which assists social carers to help people to live well with dementia.

“Why would a museum be delivering training to carers in the health sector?”, you may wonder. Well the answer is quite simple. Museums may not be clinical experts in dementia but they are quite literally ‘houses of memories’, where precious objects and stories from the past are collected, and where people come to enjoy and revisit collective memories. The museum has developed new activities such as memory boxes and memory walks, which can really make a difference to someone living with dementia, alongside their families and carers.  Read more…

Lindy Hop down at the Dock!

31 January 2012 by Dawn

This weekend, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum are hosting a free weekend of special events on the theme, ‘Docklands Extravaganza’. Education manager Vikky Evans-Hubbard tells us more about the ‘Jiving Lindy Hoppers’:

The popular dance group The Jiving Lindy Hoppers will be making a return visit to International Slavery Museum on Saturday 4th February, as part of our Docklands Extravaganza weekend. They last visited during Black History Month 2009, leaving us all speechless with their daring and acrobatic dance moves and they look set to do the same this year – have a look at them on YouTube performing at the JLA Real Variety Show. After watching them in action, there will be the opportunity to learn the basic step yourself in a fun workshop.
The Lindy Hop (or Lindy) is a partner dance that originated in 1920s and 30s Harlem, New York. The dance contains footwork borrowed from the Charleston and Tap. It can be wild and spontaneous, with frenzied kicks and body movements, or it can be cool and sophisticated. Read more…

Alphabet art

28 November 2011 by Dawn

Local artist Angelica Vanasse reports on recent ‘Alphabet Collages’ workshops for schools, inspired by Sir Peter Blake’s ‘An Alphabet’ display:

” Sir Peter Blake’s fantastic collection of prints, An Alphabet, provided the perfect inspiration for a series of school workshops at the Walker Art Gallery last month. The activity involved drawing, collage and layering, focusing on the letters of the alphabet as subject matter and taking inspiration from the ‘found-object / collage’ aesthetic of prints.

Both primary and secondary school groups took part, starting with a closer look at the artworks. There’s so much imagery in each one – lots to look at, discover, and discuss. We talked about how the prints were made and warmed up with some drawing, before getting creative with collage. We also looked at the differences between writing and drawing, and whether it is possible to do both at the same time in a work of art. Most agreed that it was. The students added collage images representing a letter of the alphabet to their drawings, and also worked with pencils, felt tips, tracing paper, stamps, and stencils.  Each class took away a unique, handmade alphabet made of individually-designed collage letters – with no two alike!  Read more…

News in Revolution

23 August 2011 by Dawn

The riots of recent weeks got me thinking about news reporting and how well-connected we have become. Many of us sat up late into the night watching the chaotic scenes unfold on TV and footage filmed on mobile phones, while scanning online for live updates on the local situation. Social networks were used to source and spread the most up to the minute news, with broadcasters and reporters confirming the stories afterwards.

The downside is that social networks can also be used to spread inaccuracies, gossip and deliberately misleading information. (Reports of Torres leaving Liverpool on a magic carpet during the transfer season spring to mind). During the riots, there were frustrated pleas of ‘pictures please!’ wherever there was a report of an incident, as no one was quite sure what to believe. Pictures gave the reports authority.  Read more…

Take One Picture

3 August 2011 by Dawn

At this time of year, I am always envious of my colleagues working in schools because of the long summer holidays they enjoy. However, in reality I realise that throughout the year teachers invest a lot of additional time planning lessons and working out creative ways to help children enjoy learning.

At the Walker Art Gallery this month we have an exhibition of work by 16 schools. It is well worth a look if you are a teacher looking for new ideas to use in the classroom, or if you are curious to see artworks from the next generation of ‘Picassos’ and ‘Monets’.   Read more…

Be a ‘breakfast’ blogger

23 June 2011 by Dawn

Are you a blogger who would love to be one of the first to see inside the Museum of Liverpool? Then we have a great opportunity for you.

We are having a celebratory breakfast preview of the Museum of Liverpool at 8.30-10am on 19 July and we want bloggers to get involved. To apply, simply send us a link to your blog using this contact form and tell us why you think your readers would love to hear about the new Museum of Liverpool. We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away and will pick out the most relevant bloggers. Read more…

William and Kate get ‘Hitched’

28 April 2011 by Dawn

A white wedding dress with a full and fancy skirt

A dress fit for a Princess. (Traveller wedding dress, 2010).

Little did we know when we opened the Hitched: wedding clothes

and customs exhibition last Summer that its closing weekend would coincide with that most lauded of all nuptial ceremonies – the Royal Wedding.

As speculation grows about Ms Middleton’s dress, wedding fashion through the ages is once again the subject of intense media and public interest. Kensington Palace is displaying a set of Royal dresses to mark the occasion, tracing style changes from Princess Charlotte’s 1816 silver-embellished number to Princess Alexandra of Kent’s magnificent 1963 lace creation. And tomorrow another dress (and designer) will join the history books! Read more…

Nothing to declare but our Gene-ius

11 March 2011 by Dawn

This blog is by Bethan Mackenzie, a PR student and volunteer at National Museums Liverpool.

three skeletons of different sizes, one crouching two standing

It’s a bit chilly in here!

The Inside DNA exhibition at World Museum is an intellectual treat. Walking into the exhibition I am greeted by human skeletons showing off how far we have come. Our nearest surviving relative to humans is the chimpanzee, very cute!

Walking around the gallery there are loads of things to explore. The exhibition is very hands on, there are plenty of touch screens to delve deeper inside DNA and visual activities for literal explanations. One activity, where I had to answer a series of eight questions about eye colour and knuckle hair, told me “Out of 299383 people, you are only the 152nd like you.” This is always nice to know.  Read more…

Polar prizewinner

11 February 2011 by Dawn

Last year we invited you to share your pictures of spectacular scenery, unusual locations and far-flung destinations as part of our photography competition, inspired by the ‘Endurance: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure’ exhibition. We teamed up with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to give one lucky winner and three friends the chance to see the live orchestral & cinematic production, ‘Polar’.

The quality of entries was exceptional, but we’re thrilled to report that the prize was won by Mr Bernard Bowler for his truly outstanding photograph, Skiddaw. Despite the apparent Antarctic conditions depicted, the picture was taken in the Lake District. Read more…

King of bling, Tutankhamun! Win a family ticket …

3 December 2010 by Dawn

While Dinomania is sweeping Liverpool, at the other end of the motorway Manchester is set for an acute attack of mummy-mania. The Museum of Museums (adjacent to the Trafford Centre) has unveiled its biggest exhibition, Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures, and is about to launch a series of family fun days.

The exhibition features over 1000 replicas of the treasures discovered in the tomb of the famous Pharaoh, recreating the splendour of the chamber as discovered by Howard Carter.  It’s an interesting approach from a visitor perspective because the replica objects are seen ‘in situ’. This is something that cannot even experienced in the Valley of the Kings, because the treasures have been removed and are safely stored in Cairo Museum. Read more…