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April Ashley Private View competition

19 September 2013 by Lucy

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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

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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

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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…

Waves on the Mersey

15 February 2013 by Lucy

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The Waves on the Mersey team with the giant radio located at the Museum of Liverpool

Hurrah for half term! Aside from all the great half term events that are taking place at our venues next week, we are also set for some radio interference across the city from 18 – 22 February.

Waves on the Mersey is a project that has been created by Open the Door Theatre in Education, who are bringing five giant radios into the city to broadcast documentaries about major historical events that have shaped Liverpool’s history.

The documentaries have been created by young people between the ages of 14 and 21, who have researched, interviewed and devised radio shows and plays on each topic. They have also decorated the radios, which will be located at five locations around the city, broadcasting a different documentary every day. Read more…

Chinese New Year!

8 February 2013 by Lucy

Most of us have already celebrated the New Year, and enough time has passed that we have made – and broken – New Year’s resolutions a plenty!

If like me you’ve taken a while to get started with your plans to start a new fitness regime or take up a new hobby, why not have another crack at starting a fresh this Sunday, with the dawning of the Chinese New Year.

2013 is the Year of the Snake, and World Museum can certainly boast a lot of snakes in its collections. You can visit the Clore Natural History Centre to see some of the snake specimens and skeletons on display, or have a look at our online collection if you really want to have a good nose at what’s in our stores. Read more…

Concert for George

22 November 2012 by Lucy

Press Office Volunteer Louise Beard writes:


Next Thursday will be the 11th anniversary of Liverpool legend, George Harrison, passing away. To mark this event Concert for George will be shown in the new theatre at the Museum of Liverpool. The screening is particularly special because it’s the first event to take place in the theatre; the fact that the first event is a concert dedicated to one of Liverpool’s best loved musicians has lovely symmetry with the Museum of Liverpool’s commitment to reflecting the city’s global significance.  Read more…

April Ashley Heritage Project

31 July 2012 by Lucy

Photograph of April Ashley

April Ashley was at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday to launch a new project by Homotopia Liverpool

On Friday, we hosted a very special event, marking the beginning of an exciting project that will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

The event led by Homotopia Liverpool, took place to announce the ground-breaking project that will tell the story of the life of Miss April Ashley, utilising her unique collection of photographs, letters and personal documents supplemented with archive materials from Liverpool records Office, National Museums Liverpool and other sources.

April attended the event herself, and took part in a Q&A session with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips, which inspired everyone who came along to hear about the project and April’s life. Read more…