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Feel good Friday

19 July 2013 by Dawn

Two jovial ladies

Feeling good at the House of Memories celebration

It’s National Feel Good Day today and it really does feel like it with the sun out shining and that Friday feeling. The idea is to brighten up someone’s day by paying them a compliment, telling family and friends how great they are, or even smiling at a stranger. The campaign is being driven by a private cosmetic surgery, which causes me to raise an eyebrow, but regardless of the motivation behind it, it’s hard to find fault with the sentiment.  Read more…

Mi Smarthouse at Museum of Liverpool

28 June 2013 by Dawn

A room set with a modern fitted kitched and a wooden table

 The Mi Smarthouse kitchen is full of fantastic gadgets

Have you ever locked yourself out of the house because you forgot your key?  What about leaving the bath running and flooding the bathroom, or scalding yourself because you forgot to test the water?

When we were younger we dreamt we would be living in a ‘Tomorrow’s World’ age – assisted by clever gadgets and cutting-edge technology that would cater for our every need. This futuristic vision is closer than you think.

The Mi Smarthouse has just arrived at the Museum of Liverpool – a sort of showhome for handy gadgets, known collectively ’life enhancing technologies’. Read more…

Let’s talk Dementia Awareness Week

20 May 2013 by Dawn

actors performing with a puppet

Scene from the play ‘Grandma remember me?’

It’s National Dementia Awareness Week – an annual event organised by The Alzheimer’s Society that is taking place from 19-25 May 2013.

Dementia awareness is an issue that is very close to the Museum of Liverpool’s heart.  Since January 2012 we have been running our own dementia awareness programme, House of Memories, designed to support carers in helping people to live well with dementia. We will be starting a new set of training dates in the Autumn, and you can find details of how to book on our website. Read more…

‘The Crucible’ for schools

28 January 2013 by Dawn

The words The Crucible in a graphic style above a picture of burning flames

School groups visiting World Museum have a unique opportunity to see short extracts from Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ in our Treasure House Theatre on 13 February 2013. The sessions will run at 11am and 1pm and will include a chance to ask the performers questions. This event is free of charge and interested schools should email adam.gledhill@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or call 0151 478 4050 to book.

The play, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is set in 1962 Massachusetts when a witch-hunting fury sweeps through communities. As attempts to calm the hysteria fail, families are torn apart and lives are destroyed.

Hand in Hand Theatre Productions are currently rehearsing for the powerful drama, ready for a short stint at at the Floral Pavilion’s Blue Lounge this spring. They will be running a special schools matinee show on Friday March 8 – contact the theatre for details of their special school rates.

‘Messy Tots’ Christmas party

14 December 2012 by Dawn

A smiling child sat on a lady's knee and pens on a table

Come and have some creative messy fun

Every Tuesday morning during term time we have been running sessions called ‘Tiny Liverpool‘ in our Little Liverpool gallery. These sessions are especially for 0-3 year olds and their parents, grandparents or child minders. At the end of each term these sessions conclude with an extra special session called ‘Messy Tots’ which takes place in one of our education spaces.

Messy Tots is extra fun as we are able to get out Play-Doh, chalks, paint pens and colouring in materials. As well as having a large space to enjoy the craft sessions children can play with our lovely toys, dress up, build towers with our blocks and, when in need of a break, our giant bean bags are on hand to provide a comfortable place to curl up for a story! Read more…

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…

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