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My trip to Museum of Liverpool

4 July 2012 by Lucy Johnson

Ben Forshaw stood next to a display cas with football objects at the Museum of Liverpool

Our work experience student Ben Forshaw gives his verdict on the Museum of Liverpool


Today, as part of my two week work experience at NML, I spent my time at the Museum of Liverpool. I felt the trip to the museum today was one I enjoyed thoroughly, and it educated me on much of Liverpool’s history. I showed particular interest in this specific museum due to the current football displays there. As a great fan of football and a player of the sport myself, I could relate to these displays in many ways – especially the presentation of the rivalry between Liverpool and Everton. Read more…

Home Alone Campaign Success!

20 June 2011 by Lucy Johnson

Stephanie George, a domestic worker in Haiti.

© Pete Pattisson

Since last year, the International Slavery Museum has been encouraging visitors to support Anti-Slavery International’s campaign for domestic workers’ rights to be recognised. The exhibition Home Alone: end domestic slavery highlights how domestic workers (people who work in, or for, other people’s households) can be vulnerable to exploitation and slavery. Domestic workers around the world lack legal rights to protect them against abuse; a basic right that most of us take for granted.

Last week the campaign had a historic break through. Following increased pressure from Anti-Slavery International and their partners, the International Labour Organisation has agreed to adopt a new Convention for Domestic Work. This new regulation will improve the protection of domestic workers from exploitation. It will recognise their rights as employees. Read more…

Hello Canada!

11 May 2011 by Lucy Johnson

A male steward member dressed up as

“Jane” (a Liverpudlian steward) with other crew members onboard the Queen Mary, late 1950s

National Museums Liverpool’s touring exhibition Hello Sailor! Gay life on the ocean wave will make its international debut next week. The exhibition has already been seen by audiences around the UK and now visitors to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Nova Scotia, Canada have the chance to see this fascinating show too.

Hello Sailor! explores the hidden history of gay seafarers from the UK who were onboard passenger and merchant ships between the 1950s and 1980s. During this period, life at sea allowed gay men to be themselves, which stood in stark contrast to the homophobic attitudes back home. The exhibition looks at how the tolerant environment onboard ships encouraged an extraordinary gay culture to develop. The Canadian showing of the exhibition will also give an international, contemporary spin on the subject by exploring the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seafarers in Canada today. Read more…

Talk by Emily Stainer at the Walker

13 August 2007 by Lucy Johnson

Two people in art gallery

Emily and Predrag in front of Menagerie

On Saturday I attended a talk at the Walker by artist Emily Stainer and curator of the Bound exhibition, Predrag Pajdic. Predrag asked Emily questions in front of an audience about her installation Menagerie, which went on display to the public at the Walker on Friday.

I had worked with Emily throughout the installation and knew a lot about the practical side to the installation; how it is set up and how the pieces are assembled. However it was the first time I’d heard Emily talk about the inspirations and concept behind the artwork, which was really interesting. Read more…

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