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Stranded in the Suez Canal

22 March 2017 by Ben

Flags flying from one of the Suez Canal ships, 1967. Reproduced with permission of George Wharton.

On 1 June Merseyside Maritime Museum is hosting a special reunion event to mark the 50th anniversary of ships being stranded on the Suez Canal between 1967 and 1975.  Three of the stranded ships were from Liverpool; MS Melampus and MS Agapenor from the Blue Funnel Line and MS Scottish Star from the Blue Star Line.

Our guest blogger Cath Senker explains how the event came about:

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New My House of Memories ‘Irish connections’ app content

17 March 2017 by Emma Riley

Irish dancing dress

Irish dancing dress

The House of Memories team is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with the release of a special new theme featuring Irish related objects for the My House of Memories app.

Liverpool is a vibrant multi-cultural city with unique links to Ireland and a strong Irish community – in the early 19th Century more than 35,000 Irish emigrants settled in the city. Read more…

From Perec Gelkopf to Percy Galkoff

16 March 2017 by Liz

Percy Galkoff (front left) in a family photograph in the 1940s. Courtesy of Toubkin/Galkoff family

Today we have a guest blog from Lucia Morawska, a volunteer who has been researching the Galkoff family history as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

“P. Galkoff Kosher Butcher Shop has been a recognisable feature of Liverpool for decades Read more…

It begins! The conservation of Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory

16 March 2017 by Olympia Diamond

Detail image before treatment of Virgin and Child in Glory, c. 1673

Upon viewing Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory at the Walker, I admit, I was a bit overwhelmed by the subject staring down at me. However, after it arrived in our paintings conservation studio and was removed from its brightly gilded frame, the painting was subdued yet quietly powerful.  And in need of some care and attention…
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World Poetry Day 2017

16 March 2017 by Sophia

people looking at poetry display in museum

Discover the Liverpool poets in our Wondrous Place gallery. Image © Dave Jones

Inspired by my interest in the Liverpool Beat Poets and driven by my love of poetry, on Tuesday 21 March I will be celebrating World Poetry Day at the Museum of Liverpool with some special free events.

I will be taking a closer look at the poets who are featured in the Wondrous Place gallery at 11am and 1pm , delivering talks about Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri – the beat poets who shot to fame with the compelling poetry anthology book The Mersey Sound(1967) selling 500,000 copies.  Read more…

Alphonse Mucha tickets on sale from Monday!

15 March 2017 by Felicity

Gismonda, 1894 © Mucha Trust 2016

Save the date! Tickets for the Walker Art Gallery’s upcoming Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition are to go on sale online from Monday, 20 March. We couldn’t be more excited about this exhibition, which will showcase more than 100 works by Mucha, who is renowned for his iconic poster designs epitomising the Art Nouveau movement. The exhibition runs from 16 June to 29 October 2017.

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is recognised as one of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, and this major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of the artist around the theme of beauty; the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Read more…

Trinidad and Tobago herbarium specimens join the botany collection

15 March 2017 by Wendy

Pitch lake

Pitch lake

The recent acquisition to World Museum’s herbarium of 131 specimens from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago has been an interesting and welcome addition to Botany’s collection. Prior to acquiring this collection, we had less than 100 specimens from Trinidad and Tobago, the vast majority of these being a collection of grasses.

Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas collections at World Museum, collected the herbarium specimens, along with colleagues on the islands, during field work for her research project on wooden artefacts that have been found in Trinidad’s Pitch Lake. Read more…

‘Bee’ happy at Museum of Liverpool!

15 March 2017 by Laura

Image of Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

Did you know Monday 20 March is the International Day of Happiness? It may seem strange to formalise such a basic human emotion but in 2012, when all 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281, happiness, for one day a year, became a serious business. Read more…

Victorian Treasures – A conservation perspective

10 March 2017 by David Crombie

Installing Perseus and Andromeda

My colleague Alex Patterson has described in a previous blog how this fantastic display of works from National Museums Liverpool’s collections formed part of a touring exhibition that went to four venues in Japan over 2015 and 2016. This sort of large touring show involves a huge amount of organisation by many different people, and is by far the largest exhibition loan of its kind that I have been involved with during my time at National Museums Liverpool. It is also a big undertaking from a conservation point of view, as there is so much to think about in terms of protecting so many key works.

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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…



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