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Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Matt

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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Activism and archives

23 November 2016 by Mitty

exploring Liverpool's Black history at a Sankofa event

I’ve been given a really exciting opportunity work on the Sankofa project, which aims to support Black communities in Liverpool with looking after their precious objects and materials and hopefully making this material more accessible.

This task, as well as being incredibly exciting, is also quite daunting. Many of you might already be aware that Liverpool has the oldest Black community in Europe but what evidence is there of this? And what information do we have about more recent migrations of people of the African diaspora to Liverpool? Read more…

Revealing the dramatic history behind Murillo’s iconic altarpiece

22 November 2016 by Felicity

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s painted altarpiece, Virgin and Child in Glory (1673), has left the Walker Art Gallery for the first time since it was acquired in 1953.

The iconic work has travelled to our conservation studio where it will undergo major technical investigation work, funded by the Art Fund. This will be the first detailed conservation treatment to be carried out on the altarpiece since the early 1860s. Read more…

The Danger Tree: art and augmented reality commemorate the Somme

22 November 2016 by Lynn

Scarlett Raven and Marc Murot

Artists Scarlett Raven and Marc Murot

The Danger Tree was a petrified tree in World War One during the Battle of the Somme. It was the only original tree in No Man’s Land to survive the Battle. During the fighting it was used as a landmark by both sides and its visibility meant that there were a large number of casualties near it.

Artist Scarlett Raven tells us about The Danger Tree, an augmented reality visual art experience currently on display in the Dr Martin Luther King Jnr BuildingRead more…

Remembering Britannic – Titanic’s sister ship

21 November 2016 by Ellie

Postcard of HMHS Britannic

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Today marks the centenary of the sinking of White Star Line’s Britannic.

Built at Harland and Wolff’s shipyard in Belfast, she was the third of the Olympic-class passenger liners – sister ship to Olympic and Titanic.

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Fantastic Gifts and Where to Find Them

18 November 2016 by Stacey

museum-shop-harry-potter-productsLiverpudlians with a passion for Harry Potter will no doubt be aware that our city has played a part in the hugely successful film franchise, with cast and crew visiting Liverpool back in 2009 to film scenes for The Deathly Hallows Part 1 in our very own Queensway Tunnel. Fans of the wizarding world may also know that in early 2016, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Limited loaned Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar to Museum of Liverpool, as part of our Reel Stories: Liverpool and the Silver Screen exhibition. While unfortunately we could only keep this fantastic piece of local film history until June this year, fans will be delighted to know that our shop at Museum of Liverpool still has a range of magical gifts on offer to anyone who may be looking for a perfect Potter piece this Christmas. Read more…

Somme centenary: the Battle of Ancre

16 November 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

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Map of the Battle of Ancre. The red lines indicate the trenches, with the thicker lines showing the British and German front lines on 13 November.

Since 1 July, I have been blogging about some of the significant attacks in the Battle of the Somme involving the King’s Liverpool Regiment. This is the final one of the series. Read more…

The Passing of an Icon – Marky J

16 November 2016 by Matt

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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Indefatigable figurehead restoration

15 November 2016 by Ben

group of people around a huge figurehead of a man in uniform

Unveiling the restored Indefatigable figurehead, with museum staff and members of the Indefatigable Old Boys Association and their families

There was an event at the Maritime Museum recently to unveil the newly restored Indefatigable figurehead.

The figurehead is from the ship HMS Indefatigable, which was a training ship preparing boys for the Royal and Merchant Navy. The school eventually moved to land and closed in 1996.

The Indefatigable Old Boys Association generously funded the conservation and restoration of the figurehead, Read more…

How do you research the history of a street?

14 November 2016 by Liz

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Detail from Gage’s Map of Liverpool, 1835, showing Pembroke Place

The Museum of Liverpool’s current project Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place is exploring the history of Pembroke Place with our partners, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – long term ‘residents’ of the street.

Volunteers are working with us to explore this history – but where do you start learning about a whole street and its long past? Read more…



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