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John Moores Painting Prize – private view ticket giveaway!

25 June 2014 by Laura

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Private view for John Moores 2010

We’re giving away 10 pairs of the hottest tickets in town! Read more…

Refugee Week – Anny’s sewing machine

24 June 2014 by Kay

o_cadf12a78d565460-0kjRefugee week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.

In The People’s Republic gallery in the Museum of Liverpool there are many personal stories and objects which help reveal migration journeys to the city.

One of these special objects is this Pfaff sewing machine which was brought to Liverpool by Anny Foa who fled Turin, Italy in 1939 when life was blown apart by the turmoil of the Second World War. Read more…

Not everyone wants culture in reverential silence

23 June 2014 by David Fleming

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What follows is the fourth of a five part series looking at museums and democracy, this time explaining how museums failed to respond effectively to the rise of the working classes. The series is from the text of a lecture I gave in May 2014 at Liverpool’s Institute of Cultural Capital research symposium entitled ‘The Arts, Them and Us: creating a more equitable system for subsidised culture’. Read more…

Flying the flag for Seafarers Awareness Week

23 June 2014 by Sam

logo with text: An island nation, Seafarers Awareness Week 21-29 June 2014

Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, explains why Seafarers Awareness Week is important, and how we can all get involved:

“Are you reading this blog on a computer, smartphone or tablet? Chances are it was brought to this country in a metal box on the back of a ship, along with your TV, clothes and most of your other possessions. Read more…

National Insect Week at World Museum

23 June 2014 by Tony

NIW-2014-Logoeditedfor-blogNational National Insect Week 2014 kicked off early this year with a series of events at World Museum. This weekend we hosted experts from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) who brought in some of their animals, and talked about the life saving research they undertake. Read more…

New display on Brunel’s SS Great Eastern

18 June 2014 by Jen

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Eastern was, in her day, the largest ship ever built. A truly ambitious project from one of the most famous names in engineering history, the Great Eastern was built to provide a ship that could travel all the way to Australia or the Far East without the need to stop and take on more coal. Despite this she was only used on the transatlantic routes, travelling to Canada and North America as a passenger liner, often departing from Liverpool and playing a part in the emigrant trade.

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Why every care home needs new digital memory app

16 June 2014 by Dickie

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People enjoy our new app

Today (Tuesday 17 June) we are at the House of Commons to launch My House of Memories; a digital memory app for people living with dementia. Read more…

Re-designing the Lady Lever’s south end

16 June 2014 by Lisa

Mood board for the Chinese collection room

Mood board for the Chinese collection room

Our Design team are working hard behind the scenes to bring together ideas from curators and feedback from you (our visitors!) to create fantastic designs for the new ‘south end’ galleries at the Lady Lever.

The galleries will be brought back to their original architectural design and more than 1,500 items of fine and decorative art will be redisplayed.  Read more…

How class distinctions have become blurred

13 June 2014 by David Fleming

Head and shoulders shot of David Fleming in suit and tie

This is the third of a five part series looking at museums and democracy, this time considering changes in the perception and identity of the working classes over the last 200 years. The series is from the text of a lecture I gave in May 2014 at Liverpool’s Institute of Cultural Capital research symposium entitled ‘The Arts, Them and Us: creating a more equitable system for subsidised culture’. Read more…

Would you like to meet a giant millipede?

13 June 2014 by Tony

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Would you like to meet a giant millipede?

National Insect Week (NIW) 2014 is nearly upon us and we’ll be holding a series of events celebrating insects from 21-29 June 2014, at World Museum.

As well as ‘close encounters’ sessions with impressive invertebrates such as the giant millipede pictured here, there will be behind the scenes tours of the insect collections, microscope sessions and craft activities. Read more…