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Hallowe’en Tours in ‘Little Hell’

19 October 2017 by Liz

Building

Court housing at Pembroke Place

Exploring the history of Pembroke Place has revealed its surprising, fascinating and sometimes gruesome past – which will be featured in special Hallowe’en tours on 30 and 31 October Read more…

Poetic Past

28 September 2017 by Liz

people looking at poetry display in museum

Discover the Liverpool poets in our Wondrous Place gallery. Image © Dave Jones

“Much have I trowelled in the realms of holes”
Liz (after John Keats!)

As we celebrate National Poetry Day it occurs to me that archaeology is a discipline which is romanticised and mused-upon by poets. Read more…

On the tiles

20 September 2017 by Liz

Shop front

The ornate green Galkoff tiles were added to the building in 1933.

Working to preserve the tiled frontage of P. Galkoff Kosher butcher shop as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project has brought decoratively tiled buildings across the city to my attention! Read more…

Festival of Archaeology

20 July 2017 by Liz

July is always an exciting time of year for the Museum of Liverpool archaeology team. It’s prime digging season, there are always lots of finds to catalogue, and it’s Festival of Archaeology! Read more…

Felix Scott: a Victorian life

11 May 2017 by Liz

Clockwise from left: Felix Scott’s Royal Navy Record of service (source: the National Archives); HMS Charybdis, 1870; HMS Tamar, c1880

Today we have a guest blog from Jamie Calladine, a volunteer researcher working with us on the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project. Read more…

A Prospect of Liverpool

4 May 2017 by Liz

Visitors to the Museum of Liverpool marvel at Ben Johnson’s ‘Liverpool Cityscape’.  This is the latest fabulous piece of art in a long line of views of Liverpool which capture the developing town/city at different periods. The Buck view of Liverpool of 1728 shows Liverpool as its potential as a mercantile trading centre is budding.

painting showing an old view of Liverpool from the river

On this view we can see some fascinating buildings which have since been lost or altered:   Read more…

Roller-skating Victorians

3 April 2017 by Liz

The research undertaken into the history of Pembroke Place, as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project is throwing up some exciting and quirky aspects of Liverpool’s history! Read more…

From Perec Gelkopf to Percy Galkoff

16 March 2017 by Liz

Percy Galkoff (front left) in a family photograph in the 1940s. Courtesy of Toubkin/Galkoff family

Today we have a guest blog from Lucia Morawska, a volunteer who has been researching the Galkoff family history as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

“P. Galkoff Kosher Butcher Shop has been a recognisable feature of Liverpool for decades Read more…

Four funerals and a wedding

26 January 2017 by Liz

view of tightly packed city centre buildings

Aerial view of Pembroke Place c1930s © Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

An amazing team of volunteers have been delving into historic archives to reveal some of the secrets of Pembroke Place as part our current project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. And there are some very dark secrets indeed!

The annals of Liverpool reveal that the last ever duel fought in Liverpool took place in a field on the corner or Boundary Place and Pembroke Place on 20 December 1806. Major Brooks was killed by Colonel Bolton. It seems a year-long spat developed after Bolton had refused Brooks a pay rise in the regiment. Bolton eventually became fed up of insults being targeted at him and called Brooks to a duel. Read more…

The weird and wonderful jobs of Pembroke Place

9 January 2017 by Liz

Street sign for Pembroke Place

Today we have a guest blog from Richard MacDonald, a freelance historical researcher and Blue Badge Guide. Richard is leading a team of volunteers investigating historic street directories as part of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

“Have you ever been in the awkward situation of finding yourself with a filthy ostrich feather and not knowing how best to clean it? Read more…



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