Posts by Sam
12 March 2013 by Sam
Here’s an appeal from Vikky Evans Hubbard at the International Slavery Museum:
“Daniel Baird, who runs our fabulous Capoeira Club on Saturday mornings, is off to train in Brazil soon. While he is there he works with groups of young people in the favelas, helping his ‘Mestre’ (master or trainer) train them in Capoeira.
Capoeira teaches discipline, self respect and respect for others as well as elements of self defence, dance, music and African Brazilian cultural identity and is a powerful tool in the fight to keep young people of the favelas off the streets and way from drugs and crime.
Daniel will be visiting a group he has previously trained in the Quinta de Boa Vista e Lapa favela in West Rio and would like to take some gifts for the kids in the ghetto there. Read more…
1 March 2013 by Sam
I love this fantastic recreation of the Life of Pi poster, spotted on the Empire magazine facebook page. The cat’s face makes it for me – I think if I asked my cat to pose like a tiger to recreate a film poster then she would look at me with exactly the same expression!
This reminded me of our own Credit Crunch Art project, in which we asked people to create their own versions of art from National Museums Liverpool’s collections. We have had some fantastic entries, which you can see in the Credit Crunch Art Flickr group. Below is my homage to Gainsborough. Read more…
15 February 2013 by Sam
Over the last three months the International Slavery Museum education team have been working with a group of young actors from the Street Life Foundation. The group used the painting by William Windus, ‘The Black Boy’, on display in the International Slavery Museum, as the starting point for a new play ‘The Stowaway’ written by group leader, Caroline Ihiekwe.
As part of their research the group worked closely with the education teams at the Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool, to find out what everyday life was like in Victorian Liverpool and how it affected children and young people of all classes. Mark, a member of the Street Life acting team, tells us more: Read more…
14 February 2013 by Sam
Anne Gleave, our curator of photographic archives, has chosen this photograph from the fantastic Stewart Bale collection to highlight Valentine’s Day:
“The commercial photographic firm of Stewart Bale Ltd were commissioned to take this photograph by Reece & Sons Ltd, from their principal offices in Hawke Street, off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool. Stewart Bale was an important firm of Liverpool based photographers who could command significant commissions, which says something about the status of Reece’s. Read more…
11 February 2013 by Sam
Here’s an update from Joyce Parr and Sarah Han, education managers at Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered, about this year’s Rush programme:
“It has been lovely to welcome schools again to our drugs awareness event, Rush which takes place each January at Seized! UK Border Force National Museum, based in the Merseyside Maritime Museum. After it finished were exhausted, but we have had a brilliant time, like the kids!
Despite the snow, we welcomed more than 700 young people. The award winning Rush programme (Kids Count Award in 2010) was developed because of concerns about the impact of drugs misuse on young people. We are lucky to work with the UK Border Force who give the museum lots of helpful back up. Read more…
6 February 2013 by Sam
Mike Stammers, former Keeper of Merseyside Maritime Museum, passed away on 30 January 2013 following a battle with cancer.
Mike retired in 2003 and had been Keeper for almost 20 years. He was a much loved and respected member of staff and everyone at the museum was saddened to hear of his passing. Read more…
Starting today, tours of Liverpool’s historic Old Dock are available every day of the week. Led by staff from Merseyside Maritime Museum, the tours take you below the city’s streets to see the liver-coloured natural sandstone pool which gave Liverpool its name and find out all about the creation of the docks. Tours are free but must be booked in advance – find out how to book on the Old Dock page on the website.
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Jon Marrow, senior education officer at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has details of special role play performances which will be available for a limited period only in March: Read more…
19 November 2012 by Sam
Vikky Evans Hubbard from the International Slavery Museum has news of a talk this Thursday:
During this month of remembrance, the International Slavery Museum are pleased to welcome author and historian Stephen Bourne, whose work documents the history of Black communities living in Britain.
Stephen’s book, ‘Mother Country – Britain’s Black Community on the Home Front, 1939-45’, unearths a ‘hidden history’ of Britain and the Second World War.
At the International Slavery Museum this Thursday 22 November at 1.30pm, Stephen will give an illustrated talk highlighting some of the forgotten Britons he features in the book, including the community leaders Dr Harold Moody and Learie Constantine, Esther Bruce, singer Adelaide Hall and bandleader Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson. Read more…
16 November 2012 by Sam
Emma Walmsley, education demonstrator at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a rare opportunity to find out more about the mysterious Titanic:
A real treat for Titanic fans – on Saturday 1 December at the Maritime Museum we’re really lucky to have Sean O’Connell talking about his experience of actually diving to the wreck! He will have images of his adventure to share with people and there will also be a chance to ask him questions about his once-in-a-lifetime trip. Read more…
Meet Your Muslim Neighbours (MYMN) is an established group of volunteers, adult and children of Muslim faith. They run this initiative to help break down barriers and build bridges for all communities.
World Museum’s inaugural Meet Your Muslim Neighbour event in June 2012 attracted almost 700 visitors. Brimming with family friendly activity, the day included henna hand painting, Arabic art writing, samosa tasting and a show-and-tell on cultural artefacts and objects. Read more…