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Free online course about museums

9 March 2015 by Lynn

Hayley, with cameraHayley Evans, from the University of Leicester tells us about her role as video producer for MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a free online course in Museum Studies- a collaboration between  National Museums Liverpool and The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.


Being a filmmaker at the University of Leicester gives me the opportunity to work on various projects Read more…

Unicorn horns and walking sticks: a curious history of ivory

12 February 2015 by Lynn

Detail of a narwhal tusk

Close up detail of narwhal tusk

Gina Muskett, former curator of Antiquities, here tells us about unicorn horns and the walking stick, and our ivories collection.


 

One of my favourite parts of the antiquities collection is the group of carved European ivories and I’d like to share the stories of a couple with you.  Read more…

One family’s love of ceramics

11 February 2015 by Lynn

Pamela and Len Ratoff

Pamela and Len Ratoff

Ben Jones, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, shares his experience of working with this unique family collection of studio ceramics.


We were privileged last year to receive a large donation of wonderful material from the Ratoff family. The Ratoffs, Len and Pamela, were both active members of the Liverpool medical community, Len being a Doctor and Pamela, the Senior Social worker and head of department at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Throughout their working lives they indulged a love of ceramics, buying from a great number of North Welsh artists in easy reach of their then home in Llangwm, Gwynedd.

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My labour of love for John Gilbert, legendary bird expert

28 January 2015 by Lynn

Paradise parrot

Gilbert discovered the Paradise Parrot, sadly now extinct, on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland in 1844.

Clem Fisher, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology talks about her obsession with and extensive research into the work of John Gilbert, ornithologist, curator and explorer.


I first became interested in the collections of John Gilbert when I started work as “Trainee, Natural History” in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum Liverpool) in 1975.

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Why World Museum is a hit with the kids

3 December 2014 by Lynn

Boy enjoys snakes exhibitionWith a huge range things to see including a planetarium, dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt gallery, our bug house and an aquarium – there really is something for everyone in World Museum.

We think it’s a great place for kids.  Happily for us, it’s not just us that think this –  World Museum has just won the ‘Best day out for under 12s’ at the Family Go Live awards. Yay!

So, what is it that appeals most to children at the museum?
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How leaving a legacy in your will could help others

8 October 2014 by Lynn

As it’s “free wills month” throughout October, Abby Jones, from our Development office, talks here about how leaving a gift in your will could help others.

Smiling visitor with childLeaving a gift in your will, also known as a legacy, is not something that is usually on the top of people’s conversation lists. I mean it isn’t the easiest thing to talk about is it? – Leaving money to something after you are no longer here to enjoy it yourself?  But wouldn’t it be great to leave something in your will to National Museums Liverpool and experience the benefits of that gift now? Read more…

Fascinating facts and great memories in Members’ Week

25 June 2014 by Lynn

Visitors at Grayson Perry exhibition

Curator Pauline Rushton talks to visitors at our Grayson Perry exhibition

Sarah Houghton, Fundraising and Membership Officer gives us the low-down on our recent Members’ Week:

“Our members enjoyed a fantastic week long programme of events recently as part of Members’ Week. Over 170 members took part in 12 exclusive events across all of our venues and learnt some interesting and unusual facts on our collections. Read more…

Giving in your will

19 May 2014 by Lynn

Kathryn in the Walker Art Gallery

Kathryn, enjoying her favourite painting in the Walker Art Gallery

Recently, I was lucky enough to meet Kathryn, pictured here, who as well as working for the NHS is also a member of National Museums Liverpool. Kathryn loves art, particularly medieval art, and wants it to be looked after for others to enjoy.

 She is so passionate about this that she has decided to give a financial gift in her will towards the conservation of artworks at the Walker Art Gallery.  We wanted to know more about why she has chosen to do this, so we invited her to see behind the scenes in our paintings conservation department.

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Website named as honoree in Webby awards 2014

9 April 2014 by Lynn

Webby award nominee badgeWe are delighted that our website has been chosen as honoree by this year’s Webby awards, in their cultural institutions’ website category.  With over 12,000 entries to the Webbys, this is no mean feat!

We redesigned the site last year, trying to make it easier to use and better looking. We think it’s a bold and beautiful design and much clearer than it used to be and it sounds like the Webby’s agree.

You can see the Cultural Institution website nominees and honorees at: http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/general-website/cultural-institutions/honorees  Read more…

Website shortlisted for award!

17 October 2013 by Lynn

 

Public sector communication awards shortlist badge

Here in the web team we are dead chuffed that our recently  redesigned website has been shortlisted for the UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2013.  Yay! Read more…

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