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Crumbs! We’re all going cookie for biscuits and cakes

14 November 2014 by Stacey

a selection of tempting cakes from  the Maritime Dining Room

Like many people, this summer and autumn we were all hooked on the Great British Bake Off. The series may be over for another year, but we were all very excited in our head office when our talented team of chefs at the Maritime Dining Room gave us the chance to try our hands at being Bake Off judges ourselves, by sampling some of the cookies and cakes that they serve up for visitors. We’re always happy for an excuse to turn on the kettle and drink lots of tea but with a mini hamper of cookies, millionaires shortbread, carrot cake and chocolate fudge cake to sample, this time we had a true business reason to brew up and tuck in. Read more…

Tad, the yellow longnose butterflyfish

13 November 2014 by Alyster

Yellow-Longnose-Butterflyfish

Longnose butterflyfish. Image by Nick Hobgood via Wikimedia Commons.

‘Tad’, the longnose butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus) has a pretty small part in ‘Finding Nemo’. But these fish are stunning and interesting, and since we keep them in the aquarium at World Museum, it would be a shame not to mention them due to Tad being a bit-part.

The most striking feature of Yellow Longnose butterflyfish are their long noses. Read more…

Edward Rushton’s legacy

13 November 2014 by Lucy Johnson

An illustration of the school at its first site on Commutation RowThe work of human rights activist Edward Rushton (1756 – 1814) is celebrated in new displays at the International Slavery Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and the Victoria Gallery and Museum.

One of Rushton’s most significant achievements was setting up Liverpool’s Royal School for Blind. Nick Young, a current teacher at the school, will be blogging for us over the next few months. Here Nick tells us more about the history of the school: Read more…

Competition: Watch Effie Gray at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

12 November 2014 by Felicity

Emma Thompson (left) and Dakota Fanning (right) star in Effie Gray

Emma Thompson (left) and Dakota Fanning (right) both star in Effie Gray

Could there be a better place to watch the recently released film ‘Effie Gray’, telling the story of the famous Victorian love triangle involving Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais, than the main hall of the Lady Lever Art Gallery? Read more…

John Moores Visitors’ Choice revealed!

12 November 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Juliette with her winning work.

Juliette Losq has won the John Moores Visitors’ Choice 2014, sponsored by Rathbones. Her epic painting ‘Vinculum’ was a firm favourite with visitors who voted in their thousands! In this guest blog she tells us more about it… Read more…

Celebrating Liverpool’s Jewish Community

10 November 2014 by Kay

wall of plaques being revealed from behind a curtain

Yesterday I attended a special unveiling of heritage plaques relating to Liverpool’s Jewish Community at King David School, Childwall.

As part of the project, run by The King David and Harold House Foundation, the commemorative plaques and foundation stones were rescued from the Liverpool Hebrew School, the King David High and Primary Schools and Harold House, dating back to 1841. Intricate resin copies were produced for the display. Read more…

Subtle beasts

7 November 2014 by Zachary

Bakongo Chief's staff collected by A. Ridyard in 1895. WML 9.7.95.41.

Bakongo Chief’s staff collected by A. Ridyard in 1895. WML 9.7.95.41.

Snakes hold a universal fascination, so it is not surprising that our new ‘Sssnakes Alive‘ exhibition at World Museum is drawing large audiences. We all know that some snake species are highly venomous, but people’s fascination with snakes cannot be explained by the fear factor alone.  Read more…

John Moores artist explains how Liverpool nightlife gave work new direction

6 November 2014 by Laura

iPad sketch

Susie Hamilton’s iPad sketch of Liverpool nightlife

In a special guest blog John Moores artist Susie Hamilton shares with us a new direction her work has taken since experiencing Liverpool nightlife for the first time!

“My John Moores painting ‘Freezer’  is a grim picture of a solitary woman in a supermarket, but coming to the private view at the Walker Art Gallery in July started me on a new phase of more ebullient work thanks to seeing something of Liverpool nightlife.  Read more…

Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships

4 November 2014 by David Fleming

man looking at exhibits in museum

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

The Museum of Broken Relationships can be found in Zagreb, Croatia. It’s a new type of museum that is way more interested in the stories behind the objects than in the objects themselves. When I visited recently the audience was made up of all sorts of people, mostly, it has to be said, having a good time, judging by the laughter, despite the fact that much of the museum’s content is very poignant.
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Radical Liverpool in art

3 November 2014 by Kay

Painting of Rushton holding blinded people and a figure who has broken free from chains

Detail of the dome mural by Mick Jones, showing Edward Rushton

I recently visited the Liverpool Biennial group show at the Liverpool School for the Blind building, Hardman Street, just before it closed. It was a rare chance to see inside the building (normally closed to the public), particularly the large mural, painted by Mick Jones in the early 1980s when the building was the Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployed Resource Centre.

I was especially interested in the mural as we have a large painting ‘Unemployment on Merseyside – Campaigning for the Right to Work’, also by Mick, on display in The People’s Republic gallery which was commissioned by the Museum of Liverpool Life in 1993. Read more…

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