Our venues

Blog

Unseen photographs of Gerry and the Pacemakers in new exhibition at Museum of Liverpool.

13 July 2017 by Laura

Band and fans

Gerry and the Pacemakers performing at the Cavern.

‘Gerry and the Pacemakers: Hit Makers and Record Breakers’, a collection of more than 30 photographs, opens to the public this Friday. Read more…

Excavating in Kouklia, Cyprus

Manor House now used as the Museum building at Kouklia.

Nothing beats visiting archaeological sites and taking part in live excavations. While working on digitising the material from the Kouklia 1950s excavations in our collections I contacted Professor Maria Iacovou from the University of Cyprus about the Palaepaphos Urban Landscape Project (PULP) and current excavations at Kouklia in Cyprus as part of my documentation. I was delighted when Maria kindly invited me to visit the site and meet members of the team.

Read more…

Cuba and its propaganda posters

Image of a woman holding a gun.

Day of Solidarity with the People of Guinea-Bissau & Cape Verde, 1968 By Berta Abelénda Fernández

The Caribbean island of Cuba has produced more propaganda in support of oppressed peoples than any other nation on earth. But why? Read more…

When John met Paul – 60 years ago today.

 

Young people on stage

John Lennon on stage on 6 July 2017. Photo: Geoff Rind

The Beatles story was no romantic, overnight sensation. In those early years, slogging it, desperately trying to get a break, John Lennon all too regularly needed to raise the group’s spirits with the rallying cry of, where are we going, fellas?” Read more…

Experiencing Japan’s Tanabata Festival

Colourful paper strips with wishes on them - part of the Tanabatta festival

Lady Lever volunteer Corrina Ellis tells us about her experiences of the Japanese Tanabata Festival.
Read more…

Lights out, Liverpool! New Maritime drama

5 July 2017 by Andrew

Dave Brown as Jim Coleman

Dave Brown, Education Demonstrator at Merseyside Maritime Museum blogs about the new drama Lights Out, Liverpool! which he devised and performs this Sunday, 9 July.

“The ‘U boat peril’ was as Churchill himself said the only thing that really scared him during World War Two. But Liverpool and the people who lived through bombing, especially during the may Blitz in 1941, their story was never really spoken about during the war. So I thought to bring the story to life, become someone who lived through it all, both on land and at sea.

Lights Out, Liverpool! is the reminiscences of sailor turned ARP warden, Jim Coleman who worked on the tugs on the River Mersey, before signing onto a tanker to bring much needed supplies back to Britain. Though a fictional character, his experiences are based on true stories that I’ve weaved together to give visitors a sense of the period during World War Two when Liverpool was a vital link in helping to win the War. Important events that affected the city that Jim talks about include the 1941 May Blitz and Battle of the Atlantic. We also get to hear that despite the challenges of the War, there was a great sense of humour on the docks.”

Performances are at intervals from 1.30 and are free, click here for more information.

 

The Edo Fireman: A tattooed urban street hero

4 July 2017 by Frank Milner

Fireman Kunichika Japanese firefighters figure big in 19th century woodblock prints produced in the city of Edo (later Tokyo) between 1860 and 1890. Read more…

Aidan Chavasse – centenary of the death of Noel Chavasse’s younger brother.

Soldier

Lieutenant Aidan Chavasse

In the coming weeks, there will be much written about Captain Noel Chavasse VC, as the 100th anniversary of his death on 4 August 1917 approaches. Read more…

Vote to help House of Memories’ film win an international award

3 July 2017 by Emma Riley

We’re incredibly excited that our House of Memories – Dementia Awareness for Family Carers film has been shortlisted for the Museums in Short Awards (in partnership with ICOM Italia and the European Museum Academy).

The Museums in Short Awards is an international contest for short videos and aims to share the most effective and innovative works in the field of museum communication and visitor experience.

Our video is up for the Public Special Mention Award and the Museums in Short Award. Read more…

Alphonse Mucha’s influence on 1960s counter-culture

3 July 2017 by Felicity

Norman with his Jugband poster at the opening of the Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition at the Walker

A familiar face for many regular Walker visitors, Norman Killon worked as part of our visitor services team for 24 years before he retired in April this year.

Norman is also a font of musical knowledge, having DJ’d at Liverpool’s legendary nightclub Eric’s in the 1970s, and a great collector of musical memorabilia.

You can see two posters from Norman’s personal collection in our Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition, showing how Mucha influenced a counter-culture in the 1960s. Norman tells us more in this post: Read more…



About our blog

Welcome to the National Museums Liverpool blog! Written by our staff and volunteers, we’ll give you a peek behind the scenes of our museums and galleries.

Subscribe

RSS RSS Feed

Disclaimer

We try to ensure that the information provided on our blog is accurate and that appropriate permissions to use images have been sought. The opinions in each blog are very much those of the individuals writing.