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Free national dementia workshops for family carers

9 September 2016 by Sam Vaux

Carers holding a vintage hairdryer

Carers discover a vintage hairdryer © Pete Carr

This Sunday, 11 September marks National Dementia Carers’ Day, which recognises the important contribution family and informal carers make by caring for people living with dementia.

To mark the occasion, National Museums Liverpool has been funded by the Department of Health to launch free dementia workshops for family carers, partnering with museums across the country.

House of Memories dementia awareness for family carers workshops build on the success of our award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme, which has been running at the Museum of Liverpool since 2012. Read more…

All creatures great and small: netsuke at World Museum

9 September 2016 by Emma Martin

Emma and Helen installing netsuke on the new mount

Emma and Helen installing netsuke on the new mount

Last week we re-displayed some of our new Japanese netsuke in the World Cultures gallery in World Museum. This wonderful collection of carved toggles was given to the museum in memory of the well-known 20th century collector Jonas Goro Gadelius.

Each year we refresh the display bringing a new group of netsuke out from the stores. This year I chose the theme ‘mini beasts’ and we now have a new mount inspired by a bonsai tree. Read more…

Piecing together an excavation

6 September 2016 by Chrissy

The excavation at Kouklia in progress

The excavation at Kouklia in progress

My mother is from the town of Morphou in Cyprus and I therefore have always felt a special connection with the Cypriot collections in the antiquities department. One significant group is material from Kouklia, from a joint excavation between our museum and St. Andrews University. The excavation was ambitious and of significant scale and attracted a lot of media attention as a result. It was undertaken across five successive seasons from 1950 – 1955. It’s hard to imagine museums having the resource to undertake such a large excavation today in the current economic climate.  Read more…

What would you leave to Liverpool?

6 September 2016 by Emma

Paintings conservator at work in the studio

Paintings conservator at work

Remember A Charity Week is fast approaching (12-18 September) and it has got me thinking about what I’d like my legacy to be. I’ve blogged previously about some of the legacies which have helped make National Museums Liverpool what it is today, including the generous donation of Sudley House to the city of Liverpool by Emma Holt.  Read more…

Museums are dementia experts

5 September 2016 by Sam Vaux

Health care professionals and person living with dementia using My House of Memories app

House of Memories © Robin Clewley

September 2016 marks World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge stigma.

Here in the UK, National Museums Liverpool has trained more than 10,000 carers across England, through its House of Memories dementia awareness training programme. We’re proud to share that House of Memories has become the first to pilot a ‘Tier 2’ dementia training programme within health and social care settings across the North West of England.

This latest development represents an exciting step for museums and cultural organisations working closely with the health and social care sector, to help people live well with dementia. Read more…

‘IT’ – a poem by by Peter Ogunsiji

5 September 2016 by Sarah

‘Sugar Coated’, an art work produced by Peter Ogunsiji in relation to the poem, ‘IT’. Courtesy of Peter Ogunsiji.

‘Sugar Coated’, an art work produced by Peter Ogunsiji in relation to the poem, ‘IT’. Courtesy of Peter Ogunsiji.

Peter Ogunsiji is an issues-based artist from Toxteth in Liverpool, who aims to create works stimulating awareness, discussion and action.

Peter is a good friend of the Museum and has sent us the below poem, inspired by his recent volunteering work with Action for Blind People to raise awareness of diabetes related vision loss – Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people are 50% more likely to develop these conditions than Europeans. The poem is called ‘IT’ . Can you guess what ‘IT’ is?

Read more…

Somme centenary: the final attack on Guillemont

2 September 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

barren landscape with bare tree trunks stripped of branches and leaves

Guillemont after the September 1916 Somme battles

On 3 September 1916, after four unsuccessful attacks on the village of Guillemont, the British Army, as part of a wider push, launched another assault. Once again, men from the King’s Regiment were involved, this time from the 12th Battalion.

The Battalion had been in and out of the trenches to the west of the village from mid August and had already experienced some casualties. On 3 September, at 12 noon, the Battalion went ‘over the top’ to capture Guillemont. They moved through Trones Wood and across the exposed flat land to the west of the village. Read more…

University of Liverpool lecture series at the Museum of Liverpool

1 September 2016 by Laura

Image of the Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

Dr Claire Jones of the University of Liverpool tells us more about a series of lectures this month at the Museum of Liverpool which explore the histories of helping others in a variety of settings both in Liverpool and beyond:

“Liverpool has long been a beacon for philanthropy and service to others. The wealth and squalor of the city in the 19th century, when great privilege and abject suffering existed side by side, meant there were always people who needed help and others with the resources to provide it. Through the 20th century to today, Liverpool and its people have continued to face challenges and develop strategies to meet them, often leading the way for the rest of the UK. Read more…

Galkoff’s – find out more and get involved!

31 August 2016 by Kay

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today – behind protective hoarding, courtesy of LSTM

We will be holding a public engagement event at the Museum of Liverpool on Sunday 18 September, 2pm, open to anyone who wants to discover more about the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project, provide feedback or register as a volunteer.

As you may know, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool recently received initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support us looking at two important heritage sites on LSTM’s campus – court housing and the former Galkoff’s butchers shop. Read more…

Selim Aga: African-born explorer

30 August 2016 by Zachary

Nupe gown from Bida collected by Selim Aga in about 1857 (20.11.60.2).

Nupe gown from Bida collected by Selim Aga in about 1857 (20.11.60.2).

After Liverpool Museum opened in its new building on William Brown Street in October 1860 (now World Museum), the first five African artefacts it acquired a month later were purchased from the African-born explorer Selim Aga. Aga acquired these five artefacts in the interior of Nigeria on the voyage of the Dayspring. You can find out more about Selim Aga and see the items he collected in our new Selim Aga online collection.

The Niger Expedition ship the Dayspring, built at Lairds in Birkenhead 1857.

The Niger Expedition ship the Dayspring, built at Lairds in Birkenhead 1857.

But the objects in this group only hint at Aga’s remarkable life as an explorer. Read more…



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