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Season’s greetings!

23 December 2009 by Karen

Animated image of penguin feet in snow

Remember that Go Penguins are visiting until 10 January.

Just a quick message to say “Merry Christmas, one and all” – hope you get what you deserve – and to remind you that all of our venues are open over the Christmas period (excluding Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and closing at 2pm on Christmas Eve).

When the weather is filthy, the kids suffering from cabin fever, and your wallet a little on the skinny side there’s always a day at your free, friendly, neighbourhood museum or gallery to get you out of the house. Check out our Christmas section to find out what’s on over the holiday. Read more…

December’s winning caption

23 December 2009 by Karen

Two seagulls sitting on top of a building.

“Going out with an albatross? Get your hearing tested! I said I was going down to Albert Dock”

The winner of this month’s caption competition, and the new owner of a signed copy of Alan Scarth’s ‘Titanic and Liverpool’ book, is Rob Pendragon with his entry, “Going out with an albatross? Get your hearing tested! I said I was going down to Albert Dock”. Well done to Rob. 

You can see all of the other entries on the original post.

Talking Heads

21 December 2009 by Karen

Screen grab of a gallery shot

It’s those final few work days before Christmas. Mariah Carey has set up camp in your head, your teeth ache from too many Quality Street, and there’s only so much YouTube one brain can take.

Fear not, for glad tidings of great portraits we bring to you and all office kind. Check out our new Talking Heads interactive and see what the people behind the pictures were really like. Hear what Garrick really thought of his director, find out why Napoleon’s on a donkey and meet that purty lady in the red coat. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish it was Christmas every day!  Read more…

Christmas dinner tips from the professional

15 December 2009 by Karen

As a vegetarian I always think it’s strange that some people assume that I don’t eat Christmas dinner. As long as the potatoes aren’t cooked in animal fat and the stuffing doesn’t include meat there’s no reason why veggies wouldn’t have spuds, stuffing and all of the other veg along with something meat-free. It might be a stereotype but really like nut roast.

Whatever your dietary persuasion I’m sure you’ll find something useful in the Christmas dinner tips page I’ve just put live on our main site. Our Executive chef, Nigel Smith, spills the beans on how a professional cooks for his family on Christmas day. Actually, a lot of the preparations are the day before leaving you time to enjoy the big day rather than doing battle in the kitchen. There’s also a handy pdf for you to print off and consult at home. Simples! Read more…

Meteor shower tonight

13 December 2009 by Karen

This is a bit last minute, but a reminder to watch the skies tonight for the annual Geminids shower. You should be able to see the meteors between around 8 and 10pm in the UK. It should be a good view – just had a look outside and the sky is clear, plus being close to the new moon there’s not much moonlight. There’ll be about 100 meteors every hour which should be visible with the naked eye. It’s pretty chilly out there so if you’re venturing out wrap up warm. Read more…

Equality and diversity policy

11 December 2009 by Karen

Our new Equality and Diversity policy is available to read or download from our main site.

December’s caption competition

9 December 2009 by Karen

Two gulls on top of a building

This month’s image is of two gulls sitting atop the Museum of Liverpool. All you have to do is come up with a suitably amusing caption and post your suggestion as a comment on this blog post. You can see a larger version of the photo in our Museum of Liverpool Flickr set.

The photo was taken by builds operations manager, Martin Hemmings, and was originally labelled ‘What’s a nice gull like you doing in a place like this?’, so avoid anything similar if you want a chance of winning the prize which is a signed copy of Alan Scarth’s rather excellent new book, ‘Titanic and Liverpool’. More on the book on the Daily Post blog. Read more…

See inside the Museum of Liverpool

1 December 2009 by Karen

Yesterday’s edition of Flog It! came from Liverpool and included some behind the scenes peeks at the Museum of Liverpool.  Host, Paul Martin, took a tour of the building with building operations manager, Martin Hemmings (who took most of the shots on the museum’s Flickr set), and chatted with transport curator, Sharon Brown, in the Liverpool Overhead Railway carriage.

The episode is available on the BBC iplayer until the evening of Monday 7 December.

DSC Social Change awards result

27 November 2009 by Karen

certificate with cartoon

Our runners-up certificate

You might remember that we asked you to vote for our Engaging Refugees and Asylum Seekers programme in the DSC Social Change Awards. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but were runners-up which out of 380 proposals and a longlist of 90 is still pretty good. We were also given a certificate featuring a rather fine cartoon from The Spectator and Private Eye cartoonist, Grizelda. Well done to the Papworth Trust who did win the category and ‘thank you’ to everyone who voted. Read more…

Help us improve access for Disabled and Deaf people

26 November 2009 by Karen

Do you have a passion for museums and galleries?  Are you interested in helping us improve access to our venues for Disabled and Deaf people? 

If you are and you do have the time to commit to it, then National Museums Liverpool would love to hear from you.  We are looking for people who consider themselves to be disabled people to join our Museums Advisory Group.

You will be expected to attend up to 6 meetings in a year.  Members are reimbursed for access costs when attending meetings and receive an attendance allowance. A BSL interpreter is present at all meetings. Read more…

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