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A memory suitcase for Liverpool’s LGBT+ community!

28 July 2017 by Sam

Through our House of Memories dementia awareness programme we aim to show people how to deliver a positive quality of life experience for people living with dementia.

There are thought to be more than 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, each person with their own individual story, background, relationships, and care requirements.

As part of our memory suitcase loan service you can borrow a suitcase filled with images and objects to help you deliver a reminiscence session with someone living with dementia. By recognising that each person has an individual story we felt it was vitally important to offer a range of suitcases to reflect different experiences and lives lived.

Working on the Pride and Prejudice project I did a lot of reminiscence work with older LGBT+ people, hearing their fantastic stories and finding out what life was like in the city for them. I realised how important it was for there to be a dedicated LGBT+ memory suitcase that the community could loan.  Read more…

Our advent calendar is full of festive felines!

30 November 2016 by Sam

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It’s that time of year again when we unveil National Museums Liverpool’s advent calendar. As always our Christmas elves (or curators, as they prefer to be known) have been working hard to find lots of treats, surprises and unusual stories to help entertain you in the build up to Christmas day.

This year’s advent calendar has a cat theme, with fabulous felines from our collections and exhibitions waiting for you to discover behind every door. Read more…

Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Sam

logoPride and Prejudice: Bringing stories out of the closet is a groudbreaking project to reveal the sometimes hidden LGBT histories of objects held at National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool. The results of what the team have uncovered can be found on the project web pages, with more to be added at the end of this month.

A two year project, there is still much to come in the next 12 months.

In the next few weeks, there are two opportunities to meet the team at the Walker Art Gallery on 30 November, and the Museum of Liverpool  on 10 December. Come and find out what’s planned for 2017 and see how you can get involved.

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The Passing of an Icon – Marky J

16 November 2016 by Sam

marky-jWithin a week of starting on the Pride and Prejudice project at the Museum of Liverpool I found myself in the drag room of Garlands nightclub on a Thursday lunchtime. It was then that I first met Mark Jenkins, famous on the Liverpool scene as Marky J…

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Nichelle Nichols – an inspirational Afro Supa Hero

21 September 2016 by Sam

Star Trek action figure in original packaging

Lt Uhura figure, Star Trek. Courtesy of Jon Daniel. © Mego Toy Corporation and Paramount Pictures. 1974.

As the cult sci-fi series Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary this month it seems a fitting time to remember the ground-breaking nature of the original series and of one character in particular.

The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry brought together a diverse cast for the key roles to represent his dream of a future where all nations worked together in harmony for the good of the planet. The series might be set in space with a range of fantastical alien species but during the Cold War era it could have seemed just as unlikely to have the Russian officer Chekov working alongside his American colleagues on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

However, the most influential character of the 1960s series was probably Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols. Read more…

National Museums Liverpool has Pride!

28 July 2016 by Sam

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I remember my first Liverpool Pride, back in 2010. I was finishing off my university year and I stumbled across it quite by accident. Needless to say I had an amazing time and funnily enough I will be having another Pride first this year.

On Saturday, for the first time ever, National Museums Liverpool will have a stall at Liverpool Pride where we’ll be showcasing the work we’ve been carrying out as part of our Pride and Prejudice project. Read more…

There’s no place like Garlands!

21 July 2016 by Sam

Seasons Greetings2This morning we opened a new display – There’s no place like Garlands! – celebrating the iconic Liverpool nightclub,  to coincide with Liverpool Pride, 30-31 July.

About a year ago, I’d just started working on the Pride and Prejudice project and within a week I found myself in the Garland’s drag room uncovering the story of a club I actually knew very little about. Amongst the sequins and feather boas I learned the importance and significance behind the music and sparkle. Read more…

LGBT History Month – get involved

14 July 2016 by Sam

Logo2We’ve some exciting news… Next year, for the first time ever, the Museum of Liverpool will be hosting the North West hub for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and we need you! Read more…

The evolving story of Poppies: Women and War

19 May 2016 by Sam

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© Lee Karen Stow

There is not long left to catch the incredibly moving and inspiring exhibition Poppies: Women and War, which closes on 5 June 2016 at the Museum of Liverpool before going on tour. Photographer Lee Karen Stow reflects on the exhibition and her plans for the future in her latest blog:

“As the Poppies: Women and War exhibition comes to a close at the Museum of Liverpool, so the poppy flowers begin to bud and bloom in the gardens and fields of England. I’ve planted a few seeds and plants myself this spring, to see and capture the pink, tangerine, blue and black poppies.

For this story is evolving. Read more…

LGBT collections online – our first themes go live!

17 May 2016 by Sam

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To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO) we have launched the first sections of our LGBT+ online collections page as part of our Pride and Prejudice project.  The first goal of IDAHO is to raise awareness of discrimination against LGBT+ people worldwide and use that awareness as a way of promoting activism and dialogue. The second goal is to promote a highly visible, global LGBT+ event, which in 2014 was celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are still illegal. Read more…



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