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South Wirral High’s Fresh Perspective

9 March 2017 by Megan

This is the third time that Fresh Perspectives – which runs biennially – has been held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, showcasing the breadth of creative talent held by young people in Wirral.

We spoke to South Wirral high School to find out their thoughts on the exhibition. Read more…

Suez Canal crew sought

9 March 2017 by Andrew

Melampus and Agapenor on Great Bitter Lake

Merseyside Maritime Museum is looking for former seafarers who were on a stranded ship on the Suez Canal between June 1967 and June 1975, to attend a special 50th anniversary reunion at the Museum on Thursday 1 June. Read more…

Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

8 March 2017 by Karen O'Rourke


‘Women Urgently Wanted’ © IWM (Art.IWM PST 13171)

As soon as war had been declared in August 1914, women had begun ‘doing their bit’ towards the war effort. Initially they worked as nurses, shop staff or office clerks, but as the war progressed, women took on roles that were traditionally more masculine, such as tram conductors, farm labourers and munitions workers. Read more…

Walton Child Star – A life less ordinary

8 March 2017 by Kay

“She was extremely charismatic, headstrong and passionate”

Girl on stage

Josephine tap toe dancing on drum

Anne Hutchinson, 2016

For International Women’s Day we are featuring these wonderful items, which tell the story of local child star, Josephine Clitherow. They were recently kindly donated to the Museum of Liverpool by Anne, Josephine’s daughter.

Josephine was born in February 1916 and grew up in Walton, Liverpool.

Read more…

Surviving the TSS Yorkshire sinking

6 March 2017 by Ben

TSS Yorkshire painted by Ernest Barrett. 1987.118.3.37

TSS Yorkshire painted by Ernest Barrett. 1987.118.3.37

The maritime history department at Merseyside Maritime Museum have recently collected an object connected to the sinking of the TSS Yorkshire in 1939.

TSS Yorkshire was built in 1920 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast for the Liverpool based Bibby Line.  The ship was on her way to Liverpool from Rangoon as part of the allied convoy HG-3.  The Dixon family had joined the ship at Gibraltar, including brother and sister Cyril (aged 15) and Maureen (aged 8), and their mother and father.  On 17 October, 1939 the convoy was in the North Atlantic 160 miles off the north-west coast of Spain.  That afternoon the convoy was attacked by the German U-boat U-37.  Yorkshire was hit and sank with the loss of 58 lives.  Read more…

Take part in National Museums and Wellbeing Week 2017

3 March 2017 by Emma Riley

People laughing and clapping at a museum event

Image © Pete Carr

The second ‘National Museums and Wellbeing Week’ is taking place from 6 – 12 March.

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is coordinating the week and describes it as “an opportunity for museums to showcase their health and wellbeing offer and raise awareness of this valuable area of work.” Read more…

International Women’s Day at National Museums Liverpool

2 March 2017 by Laura

sculpture of woman holding a 'votes for women' sign

Statue of Mary Bamber – A Revolutionary Woman by artists Carrie Reichardt and Nick Reynolds, on display at Museum of Liverpool.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange and the programme of events across National Museums Liverpool’s venues, starting this weekend, explores this challenge through the lives of real women, past and present. Read more…

Does a free will-writing service sound of interest?

2 March 2017 by Alison

Painting of Emma Holt

Emma Holt donated Sudley House to the city of Liverpool. This painting of her is by Percy Bigland

If you are 55 or over you can get a will written for free this March.  Alison Crawford, our Legacy Fundraising Officer explains all about Free Wills Month and why leaving a gift to National Museums Liverpool in your will can make a real difference.

“Every March and October, the Free Wills Month campaign runs to encourage those who have yet to make a will or would like to make amendments to an existing will, to get in touch with an associated solicitor, and take advantage of a free will writing service. This campaign is open to members of the public aged 55 and over, and full details can be found via their website: www.freewillsmonth.org.uk

Thinking of the future and what we would like to leave as our legacy, is something that many of us don’t want to often consider. However, if the time is taken now to choose how you can make a difference by leaving a gift in your will, then you can rest assured, knowing that your wishes will be carried out and that your chosen charity will benefit from your kindness.

Paintings conservator at work in the studio

Kathryn is passionate about the conservation of art and has left a gift in her will to National Museums Liverpool. Here she watches our paintings conservator, David hard at work.

National Museums Liverpool has evolved in part through the generosity of others, for eg; the donation of Sudley House to the city of Liverpool by Emma Holt, to the stunning collections of Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe.  In recent months, the Walker Art Gallery has received an extremely generous gift, and I am often humbled by the philanthropy of those who have chosen to support us.

Leaving a gift in your will is an incredibly personal decision, and National Museums Liverpool is very grateful to those who have decided to consider us in their future plans. To those who are may be a little undecided on how their gift can really make a difference, consider this:

However big or small, leaving us a legacy really can make a difference, so as the Legacy Fundraising Officer for National Museums Liverpool, I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for thinking of us.”

Find out more about how to leave a legacy to National Museums Liverpool here or if you would prefer to speak to Alison, please call her directly on 0151 478 4995.

Before and after: Princess Emilia of Saxony’s makeover

27 February 2017 by Felicity

Hans Krell’s Princess Emilia of Saxony, following conservation work

Princess Emilia of Saxony has recently enjoyed a makeover, courtesy of our conservation team! The painting by the German artist Hans Krell has been restored and cleaned by paintings conservator Rebecca Kench. In this post, Rebecca talks us through some key moments from the conservation process, as illustrated by the images in the slideshow: Read more…

Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place update

23 February 2017 by Laura

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

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

The Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project team, along with 24 volunteers have been delving into the history of this well-known Liverpool Street. The focus has been on two key heritage sites: Galkoff’s Jewish butcher shop and Watkinson Terrace, Liverpool’s last surviving example of court housing. Read more…

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