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Celebrating Volunteers Week

7 June 2016 by Emma Duffy

Karen Davies, Edmund Gardner volunteer, seated in yellow top

Karen Davies, Edmund Gardner volunteer, seated in yellow top

To celebrate Volunteers Week (1 – 12 June) Karen Davies, one of our dedicated volunteers, wrote a blog about what she does and what it means to her:

“So, here we are at the start of another tour season of the unique Edmund Gardner (EG) pilot cutter – an award winning ship of historic national importance, in this 250th anniversary year since the pilot service began in Liverpool.
I’m very much looking forward to working with my fellow guides and museum visitor hosts, and welcoming new visitors on board, to share what is now an award-winning, volunteer-led guided tour. Read more…

A passion for social justice

27 May 2016 by Emma Duffy

four people seated, holidng up campaign signs

Campaigners at the launch of the Federation of Human Rights Museums, including David Fleming, Director of NML, second from right

As we mark 30 years since we became a national museums service in 1986, it’s given us a moment to reflect on the positive work we have done over the past three decades. We believe in the power of museums to help promote good and active citizenship, and to act as agents of social change. From this belief we founded the Social Justice Alliance for Museums (SJAM) in 2013, in response to a growing recognition of the importance of the social value in museums and its impact on the public. Read more…

Saving lives

4 March 2016 by Emma Duffy

Two people holding defibrillators standing outside the Walker Art Gallery

Joseph Dixon, National Museums Liverpool, and Janet Graham, North West Ambulance Service, with defibrillators outside the Walker Art Gallery

Fantastic news! We have received thirteen automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, from the North West Ambulance Service, for use in our museums and galleries. AEDs are portable electronic units that can automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrests.
Read more…

Autism Champions

15 February 2016 by Emma Duffy

three people holding the autism champions charter

Janet Dugdale, Director of waterfront venues at National Museums Liverpool, with Robin Bush, Chief Executive, Autism Together, and Christina Smith, Customer Services Co-ordinator, Liverpool John Lennon Airport

We have thousands of visitors coming to enjoy our museums and galleries every year, in fact, almost three million of you came to visit us in 2014/15! Ensuring everyone has a positive visitor experience is important to us, so I was really pleased to learn that we have signed up to be an Autism Champion under a new scheme called Connect to Autism. Read more…

Leaving a lasting legacy

9 September 2015 by Emma Duffy

Inspiring future generations in the British Art 1880 - 1950 gallery at the Walker Art Gallery

Inspiring future generations in the British Art 1880 – 1950 gallery at the Walker Art Gallery

This week (7 – 13 September) is Remember a Charity Week, an annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to a charity when writing a Will. Although it’s not an easy topic to discuss, leaving a lasting legacy can really make a difference. Read more…

It’s a left-handed thing

13 August 2015 by Emma Duffy

Proud to be left-handed

Our Internal Communications Officer, Emma Duffy, on why she’s happy to be celebrating International Left Handers Day.

I love being left-handed (one of the 10% of the world’s population that is), not only that but I’m proud to be left-handed. In years gone by, being left-handed was frowned upon. Children were forcibly made to write with their right-hand. Left-handedness was associated with all things evil, and southpaws were considered to be ‘children of the Devil’. Even the word ‘left’ has negative connotations, coming from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’ meaning weak or broken. The Latin word for left is ‘sinister’ which doesn’t exactly conjure up positive images either! But today – International Left Handers Day – all those dated concepts can be swept aside and the contribution of awesome left-handers can be celebrated, and awareness raised of the everyday troubles faced by lefties the world over. Read more…

World Museum’s ‘Liverpool Pigeon’ related to the Dodo

16 July 2014 by Emma Duffy

Painting of Spotted Green Pigeon

The Spotted Green Pigeon by Joseph Smit from Bulletin of Liverpool Museums 1898

Every day working for National Museums Liverpool I learn something amazing, and today is no exception! A ground-breaking genetic study, published today, has proven that World Museum’s Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata) specimen is not only unique, but related to the extinct, flightless bird; the Dodo. Read more…


11 July 2014 by Emma Duffy

Octopus in a tank

The ‘Common Octopus’ (Octopus Vulgaris)

We’ve got a brand new tentacled friend here at World Museum and recently I was lucky enough to meet him!

Although called the ‘Common Octopus’ (Octopus Vulgaris), we think he is far from that. The Common Octopus has the amazing ability to camouflage itself to hide from predators, changing colour and appearance rapidly to match its surroundings.  Read more…

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