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Bread – Home to Roost

24 August 2015 by Kay

Ceramic chicken

If you watched the TV programme, Bread in the 1980s and early 90s, this hen ceramic egg holder may seem familiar.

Whilst it isn’t the exact same hen which graced the Boswell family’s kitchen table, into which the family put their financial contributions in the opening credits of each episode, this special hen was presented to local actress Katy Carmichael after filming the final episode of Bread in November 1991. Katy, who starred as Connie – Billy Boswell’s girlfriend in Season 7 – was given the hen as a memento and thank you by the Liverpool-born writer of Bread, Carla Lane. Read more…

Slavery Remembrance: Family Day – Saturday 22 August

22 August 2015 by Sarah

paper-moon-screen-printingSlavery Remembrance Day is an opportunity to commemorate, remember and celebrate. Our Family Day on Saturday 22 August gives the opportunity for all three of those things, and we have lots of free, drop-in events from 1-4pm for all the family to enjoy together. Here, Mitty Ramachandran, Education Demonstrator at National Museums Liverpool tells you what we have in store:

“I’m not quite sure how it’s August already, but we’re really excited to be gearing up for our Slavery Remembrance Family Day today. Here’s a run down of what we’ll be offering at the International Slavery Museum (accessed via the Merseyside Maritime Museum front entrance)….

There will be a screen printing workshop Celebrating Symbols with our creative friends from the Paper Moon print studio, focusing on West African Adinkra symbols (see picture) and the meanings behind each of them. You can take part in creating a big artwork for us to display and also make your own flag to take home. This is great chance to get creative and is suitable for ages 5+. This will be on the second floor (in the Merseyside Maritime Museum) in Learning base 2.

All of the other events are suitable for all ages and will be in the International Slavery Museum itself (accessible via the Merseyside Maritime Museum, 3rd floor)! In the Igbo compound, Sidiki Dembele will be returning with his captivating performance using a djembe drum and also the Kamelen, which is a West African harp. In the Anthony Walker Education Centre we’ll be thinking about our hopes and dreams for the future and creating a big artwork called Hands of Change.

Further into the International Slavery Museum, by the Black Achievers Wall, we’ll be creating Brilliant Badges, inspired by some of the incredible people who you can find on our wall. We will also have our incredible face-painter Janet joining us so if you’d like to be transformed in a lion or a lily, she is the lady to see!

We really enjoy the Slavery Remembrance: Family Day at the International Slavery Museum, and with so much going on this year, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! If you’d like to find out more about what is happening for Slavery Remembrance Day this year you can visit our website.”

A Black History of Britain?

21 August 2015 by Sarah

David Olusoga

David Olusoga

British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker, David Olusoga is delivering the keynote lecture this evening at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, as part of a weekend of free events to commemorate Slavery Remembrance Day on Sunday 23 August.  Read more…

Slavery Remembrance Day: unless we remember, it will not end

20 August 2015 by Richard

Dorothy Kuya with Paul Robeson, Jr. 2007

Dorothy Kuya with Paul Robeson, Jr. 2007

Ahead of Slavery Remembrance Day on Sunday 23 August, Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, explains the background to the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture, and writes on the importance of this annual commemoration:  Read more…

The central South West: ‘five-fingers’, ‘fat pork’ and tamarind sours

20 August 2015 by Paula

Waterloo temple

Waterloo temple

Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas Collection, is on the last leg of her research trip to Trinidad before heading over to Tobago:

Day 7-8: The central South West: ‘five-fingers’, ‘fat pork’ and tamarind sours

Our last area was the central South West, one of the island’s more geologically complex regions, with both Tertiary and Cretaceous sedimentary bedrock.  This was among the oldest geology on the island, and generally, the older the geology, the higher the expected strontium isotope values.  We covered a large region over the course of two days, from Waterloo in the north to Moruga on the south coast, finishing off on the important archaeological site of Banwari Trace, home of ‘Banwari Woman’, thought to date to ca. 5000 BC, which would make her the oldest human skeleton known from the entire Caribbean. Read more…

Symbolism in Art

19 August 2015 by Megan

WAG-304---Love's-Palace-bloHave you ever wondered what something in a painting means, or what the artist intended to say?

Take the image on the left, a detail from J.M. Strudwick’s Love’s Palace (in the Drawing Room at Sudley House). Can you see the bubble? Do you know what it means? Read more…

Chasing Rainbows – Searching for the Rainbow Leaf Beetle on top of Snowdon

18 August 2015 by Paula

The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of Britain’s rarest insects

The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of Britain’s rarest insects. © Christoph Benisch – www.kerbtier.de

Tony Hunter, assistant Curator of Entomology tells us about a survey being carried out in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales:

“The Rainbow Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is one of our rarest insects and is protected in Britain by the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It is against the law to collect, disturb or even photograph it. Read more…

VJ Day remembered in Liverpool

14 August 2015 by Sam

man in uniform

Philip Hayden

Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Urban and Military History at the Museum of Liverpool, writes:

“This week I was asked to supply some extracts for a service at Liverpool Parish Church, Our Lady and St Nicholas, happening tomorrow, Saturday 15 August, at 11am. The service is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day). The anniversary will see services and events happening across Britain commemorating Japan’s surrender in the Second World War. The surrender effectively ended the War and allowed British soldiers to begin to return home.

The extracts that I supplied are from some of our journals relating to King’s Regiment men who served in the Far Eastern region in the Second World War. Two battalions of the King’s Regiment served in Burma as part of the Chindit expeditions behind Japanese lines.  Read more…

Freemasons’ jewels – a puzzling collection

13 August 2015 by Dave M

A man in Masonic regalia

Detail of the ‘Lord Leverhulme’ painting by George Hall Neale.

Having always been a fan of puzzles I was pleasantly surprised to discover one recently amongst our Masonic collections. Whilst in the process of tidying up data and photographing the large collection of items in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, I came across a crate containing dozens of small empty jewellers’ boxes.  Read more…

It’s a left-handed thing

13 August 2015 by Emma Duffy

Proud to be left-handed

Our Internal Communications Officer, Emma Duffy, on why she’s happy to be celebrating International Left Handers Day.

I love being left-handed (one of the 10% of the world’s population that is), not only that but I’m proud to be left-handed. In years gone by, being left-handed was frowned upon. Children were forcibly made to write with their right-hand. Left-handedness was associated with all things evil, and southpaws were considered to be ‘children of the Devil’. Even the word ‘left’ has negative connotations, coming from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’ meaning weak or broken. The Latin word for left is ‘sinister’ which doesn’t exactly conjure up positive images either! But today – International Left Handers Day – all those dated concepts can be swept aside and the contribution of awesome left-handers can be celebrated, and awareness raised of the everyday troubles faced by lefties the world over. Read more…

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