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Galkoff’s – find out more and get involved!

31 August 2016 by Kay

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today – behind protective hoarding, courtesy of LSTM

We will be holding a public engagement event at the Museum of Liverpool on Sunday 18 September, 2pm, open to anyone who wants to discover more about the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project, provide feedback or register as a volunteer.

As you may know, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool recently received initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support us looking at two important heritage sites on LSTM’s campus – court housing and the former Galkoff’s butchers shop. Read more…

Neither fame nor fortune – being a Liverpool film extra

29 June 2016 by Kay

Alison and Doris

Alison and her mum Doris in costume

Museum of Liverpool Curator, Sharon Brown tells us about her brushes with fame as a film extra in the city.

“My lovely Auntie Elsie worked at the Job Centre in Williamson Square and helped to recruit local people as film extras. This was how my best mate Alison and I appeared as extras in a number of films during the 1970s and 80s, including The Rutles.

‘The Rutles: All You Need is Cash’ was a parody of The Beatles, released in 1978. I remember filming at the Atlantic Tower hotel and the old Liverpool Airport, where we had to emulate screaming fans welcoming the band as they arrived.

Read more…

80th birthday celebrations for Carl Davis

9 June 2016 by Kay

Union Jack waistcoat in museum display

Carl’s Union Jack waistcoat, 2010

Today, BBC Radio 3 are recording a special 80th birthday performance for Carl Davis. Carl will discuss his career in film and conduct some of his best loved scores including his music for The World at War, The Far Pavilions and Pride and Prejudice. Read more…

Hospice artwork displayed for 20th anniversary

7 June 2016 by Kay

tree collage artwork with Liverpool waterfront in background

Today we put on display this special ‘tree of life’ artwork in the Museum of Liverpool.

It was made by a group of around 40 people, 2013 – 2015 at Woodlands Hospice, Aintree. The members of the drop-in group consisted of people of all ages and backgrounds who had lost loved-ones cared for by the Hospice.

The members chose the Liverpool skyline as the backdrop as this was a common bond they all shared. Sentimental items, unique to each person, were chosen by each participant and carefully added to the tree. Each item tells an individual story and represents each loved-one’s life. Read more…

Pride and Prejudice project – first objects revealed!

24 February 2016 by Kay

feather-boas300Today, in celebration of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) History Month, we are excited to launch our online collections which showcase items with LGBT connections, from across our fine and decorative art, Art Galleries and Museum of Liverpool collections.

The items are wide ranging – from fun feather boas from Garlands nightclub to magnificent Renaissance artworks. They form just a small selection of the first set of items we have discovered as part of the Pride and Prejudice project. This two year funded project involves unearthing, researching and publishing objects which relate to LGBT history and culture. Read more…

Found – that’s me in the photo!

27 January 2016 by Kay

Woman and boys with Jubilee decorations

Silver Jubilee street party, June 1977, Old Swan, Liverpool

Julie Howard recently recognised herself when she spotted our appeal to trace the people in this fantastic photograph in our exhibition, ‘Growing up in the city: in photographs’ at the Museum of Liverpool.

The photograph was taken during celebrations for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, June 1977, in Old Swan, by local photographer Harold Douglas Avington.

Julie, 55, was thrilled and honoured to see the photograph, which brought back many happy memories. Julie, then aged 16, was snapped with her two young nephews at their street party in Ulster Road. Read more…

Jet the dog – Liverpool superhero (to curators and small boys!)

19 October 2015 by Kay

man in uniform with a black dog

Painting of Jet by Alfred Kemp Wiffen, 1949. Presented by Mrs Babcock Cleaver in 1967, accession number WAG 7004

Jet has always been a hero close to my heart. I was initially introduced to his story whilst working on my first exhibition here at National Museums Liverpool – Spirit of the Blitz at Merseyside Maritime Museum in 2003. We included the bronze bust and oil painting shown here of Jet, from the Walker Art Gallery collections, which took pride of place. The exhibition even had a specially designed Jet the Dog children’s trail. We also interviewed his owner’s daughter, Lillias Ward about Jet’s wartime heroics Read more…

Appeal – is this you in the photograph?

13 October 2015 by Kay

Mother and sons with Jubilee decorations

Silver Jubilee street party, June 1977, Old Swan, Liverpool

Our display Growing up in the city: in photographs features a range of fantastic photographs depicting Liverpool childhoods from the 1870s to the 1990s, from the Museum of Liverpool’s collections.

After searching through many postcards, photographs and glass plate negatives in our stores, it was a hard choice to select the final 25 images. I could have included so many more – especially as I wanted to ensure that lots of different children and childhoods were represented.

One of my favourites is this image of a young mum, with presumably her two young sons in Old Swan – Ulster Road, we believe. It was taken in June 1977 by local photographer, Harold Douglas Avington. Read more…

Women’s Suffrage in Liverpool – the campaign for the right to vote

9 October 2015 by Kay

sculpture of woman holding a 'votes for women' sign

Statue of Mary Bamber – A Revolutionary Woman

On 12 October a new film Suffragette is released. If you’re interested in the local campaign to give women the right to vote you should visit our display, Taking liberties – women’s suffrage in Liverpool. The display was created in partnership with the 1918 Club, a local discussion forum for women established in 1918 by Eleanor Rathbone, a prominent politician and campaigner.

1918 is a significant year for many reasons, but particularly as this was the year that the campaign to give women the right to vote gained success with the Representation of the People Act, which gave the vote to tax-paying women over the age of 30.

Many prominent Liverpool people fought for this basic right. Read more…

1856 time capsule – connecting the Abbott family across the generations

2 October 2015 by Kay

photo of 3 women

Sisters Caryl Woof, Susan Towler and Anne Lurcott (Sarah’s mother). Their mother, Dorothy, was Florence’s daughter.

Back in June we put a special time capsule on display which gave us a fascinating glimpse of Liverpool life in 1856. Originally laid on 9 December, 1856 in the foundation stone of the workshop, warehouse and showroom of Abbott’s Cabinet Makers, it was rediscovered by builder John Connell during renovation work at the ‘Scandinavian Hotel’, on the corner of Nelson Street earlier this year.

Sarah Light, from West Sussex, heard about the display and got in touch to tell us that she is a descendant of the Abbot family and was very interested to see that the time capsule had been laid by her great great great grandfather, Samuel Abbott! Read more…



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