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Mandy Payne, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

4 September 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Mandy Payne, shortlisted artist with her work, ‘Brutal’

In the final instalment of the John Moores Painting Prize guest blogs, shortlisted artist, Mandy Payne discusses her unlikely move from dentistry to paint! Read more…

Research First World War family history

4 September 2014 by Lucy

Image of boy trying on helmet

Our City Soldiers gallery features a range of military headware to try on

Come along to the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday from 10:30am – 4:30pm for a free First World War Family History Event.

There’s loads going on, including a trench erected in the Museum’s atrium, and an Edwardian School Mistress will also be on hand to teach people about the causes of the First World War.

Our Family History Events can help you search for relatives who served in the war, and give insight into people’s experiences on the Front and at home. This year, the event is more poignant due to the Centenary of the First World War and our new exhibition ‘First World War: reflecting on Liverpool’s Home Front’, which is being displayed to mark 100 years since the outbreak of war.

At the Museum of Liverpool, we look after the collections of The King’s Regiment displayed in the ‘City Soldiers’ gallery, which features a research database for visitors to use to find out more about family members who served with the King’s. The Devereux Database currently contains the biographical details of more than 81,500 men who served in the King’s Regiment during the First World War, along with approximately 5,000 images. This year’s Family History Event will be particularly special because the compiler of this database will be attending from the U.S.A.

We are also working with local experts and societies to assist visitors’ research of soldiers from the area, including:

  • Liverpool Medical Institute
  • Liverpool Medical History Society
  • WO1 (RSM) Bob Dixon from 208 Field Hospital
  • Local King’s Regiment experts
  • The Western Front Association
  • Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society
  • The Liverpool First World War Research Committee
  • The Liverpool Pals
  • The King’s Regiment Association
  • John Moores University

There will be a range of family friendly activities on offer throughout the day including handling sessions, poetry performances and arts and crafts for younger visitors. Visitors can also meet the Museum’s own King’s Regiment ‘Tommy Atkins’ and see what his life in a trench was like, or learn about the embroidered postcards he sent home.

 

Red Ensign flying for Merchant Navy Day

3 September 2014 by Jen

Red Ensign flag flying above the Pilotage building.

The Red Ensign flying above the Pilotage building.

Anyone visiting us down at the Liverpool waterfront this week might have noticed a distinctive red flag flying above the old Liverpool Pilotage building next door to the Museum of Liverpool. Bright red, with the Union flag in the top left corner, it’s known as a Red Ensign. Yesterday myself and a couple of colleagues had the slightly hair-raising task (it looks a lot higher up once you get up there!) of climbing up to the roof and raising the flag in time to mark Merchant Navy Day on  3 September. Read more…

‘Bubbles’ the yellow tang

2 September 2014 by Alyster

A yellow tang.

A yellow tang.

‘Bubbles’ – from the film ‘Finding Nemo’ – is a yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) who is obsessed with the bubbles that come out of a treasure chest in his tank.   Read more…

Antiquarian collections

29 August 2014 by Liz

St Menas flask

St Menas flask

The Museum of Liverpool is always expanding its collections in many different ways. This includes contemporary collecting items which reflect current lifestyles or events and acquiring finds from archaeological excavations undertaken before new construction work. Read more…

Alessandro Raho, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

28 August 2014 by Lisa

Alessandro Raho

Alessandro Raho

This week’s John Moores Painting Prize guest blog is from another of our shortlisted artists, Alessandro Raho.

Personal relationships are important in Alessandro’s work and his painting ‘Jessica’ is striking portrait of his stepsister of the same name.  Read more…

Juliette Losq, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

22 August 2014 by Lisa

Juliette Losq and her painting 'Vinculum'.

Juliette Losq and her painting ‘Vinculum’.

Our third ‘Talk Tuesdays’ guest blog is by John Moores Painting Prize shortlisted artist Juliette Losq. Her delicate yet  disorientating watercolour, ‘Vinculum’,  dominates almost an entire wall in the exhibition.

You can hear Juliette talking about her work in a ‘Talk Tuesday’ event on 26 August at 1pm in the John Moores exhibition space at the Walker Art GalleryRead more…

Have a blast at the BioBlitz!

21 August 2014 by Ann

6 spot burnet moths v 2

Join us on Tuesday 26th August for the Liverpool Loopline BioBlitz, at the Mill Lane entrance of the Loop Line near Old Station House, Mill Lane, West Derby, Liverpool L12 7JA.

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a race to record as many different species of wildlife as possible in a habitat. Our BioBlitz will include bird watching, nature walks, butterfly and bee surveys, wildflower wander, tree trail and a mini beast safari. Read more…

Drawing inspiration from the museum stores

21 August 2014 by Zachary

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store. Image courtesy Pamela Clarkson.

Not all museum projects are part of a long-term plan. Some come about by chance and it was through a stroke of good luck that I was at World Museum when the Ghanaian artist and curator Atta Kwami paid a visit to the African displays in our World Cultures gallery a few months ago. On that occasion I was able to meet Atta over a coffee in the museum café to discuss his current work.  Read more…

Lever’s Wedgwood, what makes it the best in the world?

20 August 2014 by Ann

Robin Emmerson photo

Robin Emmerson

In this guest blog internationally-renowned Wedgwood expert Robin Emmerson tells us why he believes our Wedgwood collection is the best in the world…  Read more…