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Refugee Week – Anny’s sewing machine

24 June 2014 by Kay

o_cadf12a78d565460-0kjRefugee week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.

In The People’s Republic gallery in the Museum of Liverpool there are many personal stories and objects which help reveal migration journeys to the city.

One of these special objects is this Pfaff sewing machine which was brought to Liverpool by Anny Foa who fled Turin, Italy in 1939 when life was blown apart by the turmoil of the Second World War. Read more…

Liver Bird in the making – the Bromsgrove connection

10 June 2014 by Kay

Liver Bird 1910 0012This fabulous photograph of one of the Liver Birds being constructed in the Bromsgrove Guild Workshops, 1910, was recently sent to us by Charles Bateman from Bromsgrove.

The Bromsgrove Guild were awarded this important new commission by The Royal Liver Assurance Company who wanted two mythical Liver Birds to be mounted on the twin towers of its new head office at the Pier Head when it opened 19 July, 1911.

The Illustrated History of The Bromsgrove Guild reveals that the Liver Birds presented various design problems during construction, both because of their large size and the height at which they were mounted – 300 feet from the ground. They also had to withstand extremely high winds without being too heavy. Read more…

Jane’s jigsaw – ‘From There to Here’

28 May 2014 by Kay

jigsaw with photos of different people and objects

This jigsaw is one of 8 unique and wonderful artworks on display in the exhibition From There to Here: the hidden history of People with Learning Difficulties in Merseyside, Museum of Liverpool.

The artworks celebrate the lives and experiences of the people who helped to make the exhibition. Each participant met and briefed local artists who designed and made the pieces, using the participant’s oral testimonies and interviews as inspiration.

The special jigsaw represents things very close to participant Jane Fradley’s heart – Ant and Dec, Prince William… and her boyfriend Neil! It was made by local artist Annette Jamieson. Read more…

International Day against Homophobia

17 May 2014 by Kay

Copy of DSC_0767Today is International Day against Homophobia. It marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation took homosexuality off its list of mental illnesses. This rainbow flag, which was the first ever to be flown above Liverpool Town Hall for International Day against Homophobia on 17 May 2009, is on display in The People’s Republic gallery, Museum of Liverpool. Read more…

Legacy of the miners’ strike – 30 years on

23 April 2014 by Kay

Collecting tin used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support CommitteeThis makeshift collecting tin was used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support Committee, Kirkby Unemployed Centre, to raise money for striking miners 1984-5.

Thousands of coal miners across the country started industrial action in March 1984 when the government announced their intention to close 20 coal mines, as well as the plan, in the long-term, to close over 70 pits. Mass walk-outs and strikes began, leading to clashes between miners and the police. Read more…

International Women’s Day – Margaret Beavan, Liverpool’s First Woman Lord Mayor

7 March 2014 by Kay

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8 March is International Women’s Day and to help celebrate, we are highlighting objects in the Museum of Liverpool’s collections which help to tell the story of some amazing Liverpool women.

The first is this painting of Margaret Beavan – Liverpool’s First Woman Lord Mayor and Children’s Champion. It was painted by John Archibald Alexander Berrie, and shows Margaret at a dinner at the Lyceum Club, Bold Street, 19 December 1927, held in her honour. A footman can be seen in the background and Liverpool worthies and their wives sit either side of her. Significantly, this was the first occasion on which ladies were entertained within the gentleman’s club. Read more…

Tragic story of First World War soldier’s suicide

7 February 2014 by Kay

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February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans History Month. To help represent and celebrate the lives and achievements of Liverpool’s LGBT community we are highlighting this story of Private William Mason, a King’s Liverpool Regiment soldier who served in the First World War.

Aged just 19, William Mason committed suicide in July 1916. William, from Birkenhead, had enlisted the previous year in Liverpool. He is one of almost 80,000 soldiers listed on our Kings Regiment World War I database. The following information is taken from a Liverpool Echo article, Tuesday 18 July, 1916, featured on the database. Read more…

New Liverpool Irish Community Trail launched today

13 January 2014 by Kay

Irish community poster, 1867

Irish community poster, 1867

Visitors to the Museum of Liverpool can explore the story of the Liverpool Irish community on display across the Museum, using our new trail.

The trail highlights unique and fascinating objects, people and stories.

Discover our earliest links across the Irish Sea over 4000 years ago and explore how Irish people, culture and traditions continue to shape the social, political and economic history of the city.

Pick up your free trail from the information desk in the atrium.

UK Disability History Month – Craig’s story

17 December 2013 by Kay

Craig Lundberg

Craig Lundberg

We are highlighting people’s stories and objects featured in the Museum of Liverpool to celebrate UK Disability History Month. Our fourth and final instalment is Craig’s Lundberg’s story.

In 2007, Craig, a Lance Corporal with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, led his men during a rooftop battle with insurgents in Basra. The 21 year-old was blinded by an exploding rocket-propelled grenade. After many months in hospital he recovered from his injuries but did not regain his sight. Read more…

UK Disability History Month – Jack Brunel Cohen’s story

10 December 2013 by Kay

Jack Cohen

We are highlighting people’s stories and objects featured in the Museum of Liverpool to celebrate UK Disability History Month. Our third instalment is Jack’s story.

Jack Brunel Cohen was born in 1886. He was the Jewish great-nephew of Liverpool department store owner David Lewis. Jack and two of his brothers fought with the 5th Battalion, King’s Regiment during the First World War. He was wounded in action at Ypres and had both of his legs amputated. Read more…

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