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Love our Liver birds

15 August 2016 by Laura

Girl and bird sculpture

Life-sized Liver bird looking out of our window

We know them so well. They appear all around the city, sometimes in the most unexpected of places. They have become part of the fabric of the place, so much so that perhaps we don’t always appreciate them but that is all due to change this week as we celebrate our wonderful, unique and inspirational Liver birds! Read more…

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Enzo Marra

15 August 2016 by Felicity

 

Invigilator (John Virtue), 2014, Enzo Marra

Invigilator (John Virtue), 2014, Enzo Marra

Enzo Marra was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Invigilator (John Virtue)’. It’s the second time that Enzo’s work has been selected (he first exhibited in 2012). We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 30 August. Read more…

Wildflower meadow boost from Dobbies

12 August 2016 by Steve

Equipment from DobbiesHere’s some really good news for the development our City Wildflower Meadow in front of World Museum. We set up the wildflower meadow back in 2013 and it’s still going strong.

We’ve just been given all of this equipment by Dobbies of Liverpool!  Read more…

The allure of Mary Wollstonecraft

10 August 2016 by Andrew

John Williamson's portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

John Williamson’s portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

What is it about the Walker Art Gallery’s portrait of 18th century feminist visionary Mary Wollstonecraft that warrants its inclusion in our pioneering new LGBT project Pride and Prejudice? In this blog, art historians Camilla Mørk Røstvik and Lucy Johnson explain why it is so important that this particular painting is brought ‘out of the closet’ and given greater visibility.

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Somme centenary: the battle for Guillemont continues

9 August 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

rows of gravestones in a cemetary in the French countryside

Guillemont Road Cemetery, where many King’s Regiment soldiers are buried

As night fell on 8 August 1916, a few of the men from the 1st Battalion had escaped the attack and found their way back to the British Front Line. Of the hundreds of men in the battalion, who had gone over the top that morning, only 180 were available to answer their names at roll call. The battle for the village of Guillemont described in yesterday’s blog continued however, as the remaining men of the 8th (Irish) Battalion were still trapped in the village. Read more…

Somme centenary: the third attack on Guillemont 

8 August 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

map of Guillemont, France

This map shows the position of the Territorials and 1st Battalion (marked in blue), in the third attack on the village. The arrows show their proposed movement to their objective lines.

In the early hours of 31 July 1916, after two failed attacks on the Village of Guillemont, the depleted Liverpool Pals Battalions left the Front Line – but the Liverpool story continued. The 55th Division, which replaced them, included the six Territorial Battalions of the King’s Liverpool Regiment. Known as the ‘Liverpool Terriers’, they had all been in action since 1915 and were already experienced in battle.

The third attack on the village was planned for 4.20am on 8 August. Read more…

New British spider found in Liverpool

8 August 2016 by Tony

A female Dendryphantes rudis

A female Dendryphantes rudis. Image by Richard Gallon.

I recently attended a ‘bioblitz’  at the 1984 Festival Gardens site in Liverpool along with zoology staff from World Museum.

The site is managed by The Conservation Volunteers on behalf of the Land Trust and has recently been extensively remodeled as a public green space.

Read more…

Getting dressed in the 18th century

3 August 2016 by Lynn

Mrs Paine and her Daughters (1975), Sir Joshua Reynolds (c) National Museums Liverpool

Mrs Paine and her Daughters (1975), Sir Joshua Reynolds (c) National Museums Liverpool

Getting ourselves dressed in the morning is one of the everyday things we all take for granted, along with brushing our hair and our teeth. But what would it feel like to have someone else dress you every day? In the 18th century, provided you had enough money and could afford to pay servants, that would be the norm, especially if you were a woman. In any case, clothes could be so complicated that you wouldn’t be able to get into them easily without someone else’s assistance. Ideas about privacy and intimacy were different then too – it was normal to be touched by a servant if they were helping you wash or dress.

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The Oratory – a look inside one of our lesser known buildings

3 August 2016 by Jen

The Oratory at night with the steps covered in candles for a special event.

The Oratory at night with the steps covered in candles for a special event.

We often use our blog to highlight our fantastic collections, they are after all the most obvious asset of any museum or gallery. This time however I’d like to shift the focus to something a little different, because here at National Museums Liverpool we are extremely fortunate to be able to house our incredible collections in stunning buildings that are architecturally, historically and culturally significant in their own right. Read more…

Finding Dory… at World Museum’s aquarium!

1 August 2016 by Lisa

Blue fish with a yellow tail - 'Finding Dory' blog

A Regal Tang

If you’ve watched ‘Finding Dory’ at the weekend, then you might want to read on and find out more about the beautiful blue Regal Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) – which is the real life fish she’s based on! We asked aquarist Alyster Chapman from our Aquarium, to tell us more about these stunning fish and why it’s important to keep them in the wild: Read more…



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