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Share your memories this Christmas

27 November 2015 by Lucy

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A blog from Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education and Visitors:

You may already be aware, that we at National Museums Liverpool have been working very hard over the past three years to develop our dementia awareness training programme – House of Memories.

It’s a project the team and I are incredibly proud to be part of, relating to a subject which sadly many people around the world are affected by today.

Dementia is a universal issue, and something that touches all walks of life. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is set to rise to 1 million by 2025. We have to do everything we can to help and support these people and those who are caring for them, and that’s where House of Memories comes in.

We believe, that finding the person within, is key to unlocking memories and inspiring conversation, which is particularly poignant during the festive period.

Today we are launching the #AMemoryShared campaign, to raise awareness of sharing memories with our friends, families and those we care for, so that they are never forgotten.

A person living with dementia may have trouble being in the here and now, but often they have memories tucked away at the back of their minds that, when unlocked, can lead to incredibly emotive connections and conversations.

The My House of Memories app that we’ve developed alongside people living with dementia is all about connecting people and enabling families and carers to continue building relationships. The objects included in the app from our own social history collections, and our partners in the South East, are relevant to people everywhere. The objects act as prompts to unlock people’s own collections of memories, which can stimulate conversation, and create special moments and shared memories between parents, sons and daughters, carers and the people living with dementia they care for. It’s available through the Itunes Store or Google play so please do give it a try.

We want to spread the message far and wide this Christmas that it’s an ideal time to sit down with someone you love or care for to have a chat, create a special moment and share some memories to help enrich the lives of people living with dementia.

Please share your stories, memories and special moments with us on @house_memories using the hashtag #AMemoryShared

National Adoption Week

20 October 2015 by Lucy

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Mary McCartney’s image projected onto the Museum of Liverpool

On Monday 19 October, the Museum of Liverpool took part in a nationwide campaign to mark the beginning of National Adoption Week, which runs from 19 – 25 October.

The Museum played host to a giant projection of an image by celebrity photographer, Mary McCartney, who recently took the official portrait of the Queen.

The image of a small boy captioned ‘Too Old at 4?’ illuminated the exterior of the building, which could be seen from the Strand, drawing attention to the fact that this is the average age of children waiting the longest for adoptive families.

The image has also been projected on other iconic buildings across the country, including City Hall in London, the Blackpool Tower, as well as other locations in Bristol, Manchester, Leicester, Bolton, Birmingham and Newcastle.

There are 660 children waiting for adoptive parents in the North West, and 35 of these children are in Liverpool.

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool said:

The exterior of the Museum of Liverpool lends itself really well to projections, and as an iconic building on the waterfront, we really hope that this provides an opportunity for the National Adoption Week message to be seen. We are a family-friendly museum, so our young visitors are extremely important to us. The work that First4Adoption is doing to help find happy homes and families for children is extremely important, so we’re really pleased that the Museum of Liverpool can act as a positive platform to help raise awareness to the people of Liverpool.

For more information, go to www.first4adoption.org.uk/nationaladoptionweek or call First4Adoption on 0300 222 0022.



Lord Mayor is a House of Memories ‘Buddy’

15 April 2015 by Lucy

Image of Carol Rogers and Lord Mayor

(l-r) Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education and Visitors at National Museums, and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp

Ahead of our new ‘Buddy’ programme, which begins at the Museum of Liverpool next week, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp, has shared with us her personal experiences of dementia, and how House of Memories can help:

“One of the charities I have chosen to support during my year as Lord Mayor is the Alzheimer’s Society. So, when I became Lord Mayor I took myself along to the Museum of Liverpool to meet Carol Rogers and learn more about the House of Memories dementia awareness programme. It was an amazing visit and I learned so much about what the Museum is doing to not only support those who have had a diagnosis of dementia but those who support them.

Read more…

Everybody Razzle Dazzle

2 February 2015 by Lucy

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Sir Peter Blake, seen here in his studio

We are really excited to be involved in a new project announced today, to ‘dazzle’ one of the Mersey Ferries, and even more so because it involves Sir Peter Blake.

Peter Blake is perhaps most famous for designing the cover of The Beatles’ album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967). However, he has been a prolific artist during his career and his status in the art world far exceeds Sgt. Pepper’s.

Sir Peter is a leading figure in the development of British pop art, and became the first Patron of the John Moores Painting Prize – held every two years at the Walker Art Gallery – in 2011.  Read more…

Funding award to highlight LGBT collections

4 December 2014 by Lucy

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‘David Hockney: Early reflections’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery

We are delighted to announce that National Museums Liverpool has been awarded a significant grant to fund research into its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) collections in its art galleries and urban history items at the Museum of Liverpool.

The £91,863 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will be used to support the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project, which we will develop with partner Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, based within one of the UK’s most prominent LGBT communities.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a two-year project, that will tackle the challenges faced across the museum sector, by realising the full potential of LGBT collections to ensure that objects and stories within these collections are fully researched, sensitively interpreted and made accessible online and through display to a wide and diverse audience. Read more…

Polish Christmas festivities

4 December 2014 by Lucy

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Details on Polish Christmas activities

There are more than 10,000 Polish people living in Merseyside, and we are really pleased to be involved in their Christmas celebrations this year, working with Polish community group Merseyside Polonia, to put on some fantastic activities at the Museum of Liverpool and Sudley House.

Christmas in Poland is a truly magical and important time of year. Poles are famous for their hospitality, especially at Christmas when strangers are welcomed to share ‘Wigilia’ (the Polish word for Christmas Eve meaning ‘to await’ in Latin) and an additional seat is always left at the table for someone unknown. Read more…

A window of Remembrance

26 November 2014 by Lucy

Photo of First World War window display

Catherine Mooney makes the finishing touches to her First World War window display

The Museum of Liverpool has teamed up with the Hugh Baird University Centre to create a unique Christmas window display to commemorate the First World War.

We tasked first year undergraduates on the Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design– validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) – to create a visual display in our shop window to reflect our First World War exhibitions.

Students were asked to create designs based on subjects including ‘Home for Christmas’, ‘Women at War’ and ‘The Christmas Truce’.

Catherine Mooney was chosen to produce the display which can be seen by visitors until the end of January 2015.

Here, Catherine explains the background behind her design proposal:

During my research for the Museum of Liverpool’s First World War window, I felt it was important to signify the great loss suffered by the city. 13,000 people from Liverpool lost their lives and many more were affected by the war. I obtained a copy of the First World War Memorial Roll of Honour of Liverpool’s Military War Dead, which is displayed in the Hall of Remembrance at Liverpool Town Hall. It lists more than 13,000 names of fallen soldiers. The names are an integral part of my design proposal and are intended to make an emotional connection with the viewer, juxtaposing the sentiment of families at Christmas with the memories of all those who were lost through the tragedy of The Great War.

A main element of my design proposal is the use of an army camouflage net as a backdrop. Camouflage netting was first used in the First World War and was made by women to help protect their loved one during battle. Handwritten labels representing each person lost will be tied on with red ribbon, with the aim of evoking the notion of present giving at Christmas time. The names signify those who didn’t return home for Christmas and act as a personal remembrance for those who were lost.

I have incorporated the Museum’s merchandise into my design by developing a Christmas tree idea made from books stacked to form a tree-like shape. The merchandise can be placed on top and used like a plinth to display the stock. I was inspired by the fact it was virtually impossible to obtain a Christmas tree during the war, so people were creative in using whatever materials they could find and ‘made do’.

Christmas is when families traditionally spend time together and exchange presents. It is also a time to remember those who are no longer with us. My design proposal intends to produce a window that will evoke these feelings and act as remembrance to Liverpool’s fallen during the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.

Every item purchased in the Museum of Liverpool shop supports National Museums Liverpool, with all profit made going straight back into the organisation.

Many Christmas gifts are available, including a First World War selection inspired by the Museum of Liverpool’s current exhibitions.

Dementia app wins top European award

24 October 2014 by Lucy

People using the digital app

The My House of Memories app can be used at home or in a care setting

We had some fantastic news yesterday, when we were told that we had won a European award for the work we’re doing to help people living with dementia.

Our ‘My House of Memories’ digital app was one of three European projects to be shortlisted for the Innovate Dementia Award, which was announced yesterday at the World Health and Design Forum in Eindhoven.  Read more…

Liverpool Irish Festival at the Museum of Liverpool

24 October 2014 by Lucy

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Liverpool Irish Festival Day at the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday 25 October

We’re joining with Liverpool Irish Festival tomorrow for a fantastic programme of events to celebrate Irish history and culture in the city. Here, Greg Quiery who is part of the Festival tells us about his interest in Liverpool’s Irish links, and also what you can expect from the day: Read more…

OMD to ‘dazzle’ at Museum of Liverpool

20 October 2014 by Lucy

Andy McCluskey and boat

Andy McCluskey with the Dazzle Ship

On 1 and 2 November 2014 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are set to play two sell-out gigs at the Museum of Liverpool.

Here, Andy McCluskey of OMD tells us of the band’s links and love for Dazzle Ships:

“What began as a humble request for us to be allowed to put a musique concrete installation into the ‘dazzled’ Edmund Gardner has somehow, and rather wonderfully, escalated  into two concerts, a display case full of our history and memorabilia, and a mini film festival.  Read more…

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