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Wondrous Place remembers Eric’s

23 December 2013 by Lucy

Plaque being installed

The plaque is installed in the Wondrous Place gallery

We recently installed a very special object in the Wondrous Place gallery at the Museum of Liverpool, to commemorate a Liverpool basement venue which had a legendary impact on the Merseyside music scene.

Opposite the site of the original Cavern Club, the music club Eric’s was also situated in Mathew Street. Opened in 1976 by Roger Eagle and Ken Testi – later joined by Pete Fulwell – Eric’s was only in existence for four years but the influence of the club and Roger Eagle, was massive.

Although Eric’s was known nationally as a ‘punk club’, Roger promoted and supported all kinds of music, as well as performance art and poetry. Ken Testi rightly described Eric’s as ‘a platform for popular culture’ in the 2009 book ‘Liverpool Eric’s – all the best clubs are downstairs, everybody knows that…’.  Read more…

Santa Claus is coming…to the Museum of Liverpool!

17 December 2013 by Lucy

Men fixing Santa Claus

The team put the finishing touches to Santa Claus in The People’s Republic gallery

Yesterday, the Museum of Liverpool welcomed a very special visitor, who will be staying with us all through Christmas.

If you remember Blacklers Department Store on the corner of Elliot Street and Great Charlotte Street, then you may remember the gigantic Santa Claus, which adorned the façade of the building for a number of years.   Read more…

When Fern met Ken

11 December 2013 by Lucy

Fern Britton

Fern Britton films in the Museum of Liverpool

We were very lucky to have a special visitor to the Museum of Liverpool a few weeks ago, when the lovely Fern Britton came to film in our Ken Dodd exhibition as part of her series ‘Fern Britton Meets…’.

This Sunday, 15 December at 10am on BBC1, you can watch Fern meeting the man himself, discussing his life and incredible career spanning six decades. Read more…

By Jove! It’s a competition!

30 October 2013 by Lucy

Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd (c) Stephen Shakeshaft / Liverpool Echo and Post

Next week, our exhibition of Ken Dodd photographs opens at the Museum of Liverpool.

You can visit ‘By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft’ from Friday 8 November, but a lucky few can also be part of the Private View the night before.

We have five pairs of tickets to give away for the Private View of the exhibition on Thursday 7 November from 6 – 8pm.

All you have to do to enter, is email press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk with the answer to the following question:

How many years has Ken Dodd been tickling our chuckle muscles for?

Send your answer, name and telephone number by 5pm on Monday 3 November to be in with a chance to win. Winners will be notified on Tuesday 4 November.

Good luck!

April Ashley Private View competition

19 September 2013 by Lucy

Image of April Ashley

April Ashley: portrait of a lady opens Friday 27 September

Next Friday 27 September, April Ashley: portrait of a lady will open to the public at the Museum of Liverpool, in partnership with Homotopia.

We’ve had a sneak peek and it’s looking absolutely amazing, and well worth a visit.

April’s story is one that has captured the interest of many, ever since she was ‘outed’ as transsexual in the Sunday papers over 50 years ago. Since then, her life has been front page news on numerous occasions, yet her irrepressible character has carried her through, making her a true inspiration for many people around the world.

April was born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, so it’s amazing that she’ll be returning to the city of her birth to see this exhibition dedicated to her life.

You could be there too to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, at a special Private View on Thursday 26 September! We have five pairs of tickets available to win, by answering the following question:

Where did April have her gender reassignment surgery?

Please send your answer along with your name and telephone number to press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

The deadline for entries is Monday 23 September at 5pm, and winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 September.

Good luck!

 

Daybreak at the Museum of Liverpool

3 September 2013 by Lucy

Daybreak filming at the Museum of Liverpool

Daybreak filmed at the Museum of Liverpool today

The Alzheimer’s Society launched a report today that highlights the need for communities to become more dementia-friendly. Read more…

Two tonnes of pots to wash

11 June 2013 by Lucy

Volunteers

Volunteers who helped wash two tonnes of excavated pottery.

At the end of March, the Museum of Liverpool’s Field Archaeology Unit spent two weeks excavating a site in Rainford. Rainford Tennis Club, which plans to build new courts on the site, funded the excavations prompted by the discovery of large quantities of 17th century pottery when the old tennis courts were excavated in the late 1970s.

The excavation found ditches marking the line of field boundaries, which the team of archaeologists knew to have gone out of use in the early 19th century. This was discovered by overlaying the map of the ditches onto a similar map of the area from approximately 1850, which does not display the boundaries, indicating that they had been filled in by that time. Read more…

Museum of Liverpool reaches 2 million visitors!

7 June 2013 by Lucy

Image of the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is celebrating reaching 2 million visitors

The Museum of Liverpool hasn’t even been open two years yet, and it’s already had two million visitors flocking through its doors!

When it first opened its doors in July 2011, we expected about 750,000 people to visit in the first year, but we managed to hit a million in the first 9 months. Now the Museum’s reached its next milestone figure, and we couldn’t be happier.

The Museum is now the most visited in the country outside of London and has won accolades at home and abroad. Read more…

The Art of Justice

12 April 2013 by Lucy

United for Justice mosaic

The United for Justice mosaic by Alan Wynne will be displayed in the Wondrous Place gallery

It’s the 24th Anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy this coming Monday, 15 April.

24 years ago, 96 people lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest.

The city is marking the Anniversary this year with a number of commemorative events including the installation of a clock in Liverpool Town Hall, from National Museums Liverpool’s collections. The ornate ‘long case’ clock, made by Liverpool clock maker John Clifton in the 1780s, will be unveiled at the Town Hall on Sunday as a memorial to the 96. Its time will be frozen at 3:06pm – the time that the game was stopped on 15 April 1989. Read more…

Dementia Aware

5 April 2013 by Lucy

Image of Dementia Community Roadshow bus

The Dementia Community Roadshow visited the Museum of Liverpool today

I know I speak for many people when I say that someone close to me has had dementia. Many of us have had grandparents, parents and loved ones who have lived with dementia, and it is an emotional experience to watch someone you care for go through it.

“There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025”.

I picked up this stat today when visiting the team from the Alzheimer’s Society, who had brought their Dementia Community Roadshow to the Museum of Liverpool. The Roadshow is going all over the UK to help raise awareness of dementia, and the services that the charity has to offer to those living with dementia and their carers. Read more…

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