Posts by Sam
21 November 2013 by Sam
Here are some great photos from Chris Moseley, head of ship and historic models conservation at National Museums Liverpool, who has captured some of the behind-the-scenes life of the museums that visitors would never normally see. He explains:
“There is nothing worse when looking over a gallery balcony than to see a layer of dust, a lost pencil or a discarded leaflet. Such things are often out of reach of our regular cleaning staff, so we have a special team of ‘object dusters’ who clean those places high up in the gallery as well as the objects on open display. Read more…
14 November 2013 by Sam
I’m happy to announce that the latest video in the series looking at our venues is now online. This time we took local production company Mocha on a voyage through Liverpool’s seafaring heritage, to capture the many aspects of Merseyside Maritime Museum. As always, we had an early start and managed to fit a lot into the day’s filming. Read more…
7 November 2013 by Sam
Ship and historic models conservator David Parsons has been restoring the model of Oceanic 2, which we’re hoping to display at Merseyside Maritime Museum as part of plans to mark the First World War. Following on from his previous blog post, here is his latest update on progress:
“I’m still working on the final parts of Oceanic 2 and the parts I’ve just completed were probably the most enjoyable things I’ve done on the whole model, partly because of what they are and also because they are made up of so many different parts. These were two ‘cutters’: rowing boats to be used by the ship’s crew. Read more…
31 October 2013 by Sam
Sharp eyed visitors to the Walker Art Gallery may have spotted that two paintings by Poussin and Turner are not currently on display, and may be wondering where they are. With Shakespearean flair, our Senior Paintings Conservator David Crombie has pointed out that a more apt question would be “Wherefore art thou, Poussin?” – I’ll let him explain why:
“Two major works from the Walker Art Gallery were recently sent on loan to an exhibition in Verona, Italy. Nicholas Poussin’s ‘Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion’ and Turner’s ‘Landscape with River and Distant Mountains’ are part of Around Monet: the Landscape from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century currently showing at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the city until February 2014. Read more…
21 October 2013 by Sam
The Caravan Gallery’s Merseystyle exhibition closes this Sunday, 27 October, after delighting and amusing many visitors to the Museum of Liverpool.
To mark the end of the exhibition Jan and Chris, the inquisitive photographers behind the The Caravan Gallery, held a celebration event at the Museum of Liverpool to thank the many people who have been involved in the exhibition and the many associated events over the summer. Read more…
Over the summer lots of people entered our Merseystyle photography competition. As exhibition curator Sharon Brown reports, choosing the winners was a tough job for our judges:
“The exhibition Merseystyle: Photographs by the Caravan Gallery has proved very popular since it opened in the Skylight Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool on 10 May 2013.
As part of the exhibition we ran a photography competition, open to all. We asked people to send in a photograph that reflected a unique and personal view of their neighbourhood in Liverpool or Wirral, using the Caravan Gallery’s unique style as a guide.
We received a fabulous 357 entries. But who would our five winners be? Read more…
Ship and historic models conservator David Parsons has news of a very delicate piece of conservation work that he has been working on:
“Oceanic 2 was built for the White Star Line by Harland & Wolff in 1899, it was commissioned as a merchant-cruiser in the First World War but sank soon after.
I’ve been working on the conservation of the builder’s model of Oceanic 2 for some time now and I’m getting towards finishing it. One of the early decisions I made was to leave the most complicated parts until last, and one of the most complicated things was replacing missing gratings.
19 August 2013 by Sam
During a social evening on the opening weekend of Derby’s Format International Photography Festival a couple of years ago I mentioned in passing that I live in New Brighton. The reaction of one of my companions, one of the charismatic team behind Cardiff’s Third Floor Gallery, was fantastic – a shocked “You mean New Brighton is a real place?!”
In many ways New Brighton is no different from many other seaside towns. In its heyday it was a bustling resort with people outnumbering pebbles on the beach and in the outdoor pool. Those days are long gone though, leaving behind a funfair and an army of ice cream vans that have somehow clung on stubbornly through the quiet times. So far, so unremarkable. However New Brighton gained a degree of notoriety in the 1980s with the publication of Martin Parr’s ‘The Last Resort’. Controversial, in your face and unflinchingly honest, the book is now considered a classic. A mark of its influence is the number of photographers drawn to the top right corner of the Wirral to pay tribute, such as Peter Dench, who made the pilgrimage in 2011 on the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. His account The Last Resort Revisited perfectly describes the sense of nostalgia for the recent past that keeps photographers coming back. Read more…