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John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice 2016

12 October 2016 by Laura

Visitors in exhibition

John Moores Painting Prize

Almost 10,000 people have voted for the John Moores Painting Prize Visitor’s Choice, sponsored by Rathbones, but there is still time to have your say! Read more…

Yentl and Liverpool’s Jewish community film stars

11 October 2016 by Kay

women in period costume by the Liverpool waterfront

Leonie Bracey, Susan Urding, Hilary Glassman and Hillary Swerdlow in costume ready to appear as extras in a scene from Yentl

Our Reel Stories exhibition celebrates and explores films that are undeniably Liverpudlian and those that feature Liverpool as a world film location.

Did you know that scenes in 1983 Hollywood blockbuster Yentl, directed by and starring Barbra Streisand, were filmed on board an Isle of Man ferry on the River Mersey? Local resident Michael Swerdlow has recently contacted us about Liverpool’s Jewish community’s connection to the film and their brush with fame.  Read more…

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Emma Talbot

11 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Emma Talbot's 'You Come To Me In A Dream'

Emma Talbot, ‘You Come To Me In A Dream’

Emma Talbot was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘You come to me in a dream’.

Talbot’s freehand paintings recount her own real life experiences and promote an eerie, supernatural thrill.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 18th October

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Pre-Raphaelite women – fashion inspirations

10 October 2016 by Scott Smith

A visitor who looks like a Pre-Raphaelite looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings

A visitor finds her inspiration in a Pre-Raphaelite painting from the Lady Lever collection!

As Liverpool fashion week begins, why not come and see some of the original fashion pioneers – the women of the Pre-Raphaelites in Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever and Sudley House. Read more…

Toymark award for Museum of Liverpool shop

7 October 2016 by Stacey

toymark award toys books shop

Hannah McColgan, Retail Operations Manager blogs about the Museum of Liverpool’s very own toy story:

“Last week the Museum of Liverpool was thrilled to be awarded a Toymark Award for Good Practice 2016 by consumer action group Let Toys Be Toys, in recognition of how all toys and books in our shops are offered to both boys and girls regardless of the item’s gender stereotype.

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Animal Mummies Revealed

7 October 2016 by Ashley Cooke

cat mummyOur next exhibition Animal Mummies Revealed opens on 14 October at World Museum.

Among the 113 artefacts in the exhibition are 34 from World Museum’s ancient Egyptian collection, many of which have never been on display before. ‘Animal Mummies Revealed’ brings together mummies of all shapes and sizes, and a range of other artefacts from across the UK for the country’s first ever exhibition devoted to why the ancient
Egyptians mummified animals and gave them to their gods as gifts. Read more…

How to shoot into the light – photography tips by Ant Clausen

5 October 2016 by Laura

Large window

View from The People’s Republic in Museum of Liverpool. Image © Ant Clausen

Last week we were incredibly excited to announce the window from The People’s Republic gallery had won MyGlazing.com’s UK’s Best Window with a View. While the view is outstanding we also have to thank Ant Clausen for his dramatic photograph which caught the attention of so many voters. Read more…

An iCatching trip…

5 October 2016 by Stacey

Front cover of National Museums Liverpool Christmas BrochureMost people begin planning for Christmas around now, but for some – including National Museums Liverpool’s Trading and Events teams, it’s always on the agenda!

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The Shipping Gallery at Liverpool Museum

4 October 2016 by Emma Martin

A model ship with sails being studied by two young boys in school uniform

The Leader model was the museum’s first ship model, acquired in 1862 for the Mayer Museum, the predecessor of Liverpool (now World) Museum.

In the final blog in our series on World Museum and the Blitz I asked Rebecca, Curator of Maritime History at the Merseyside Maritime Museum to tell us about the development of the now lost Shipping Gallery which was once described as “the department which probably holds the greatest public interest, particularly for the citizens of Liverpool” Read more…

Black Tommies: British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War

3 October 2016 by Sarah

black-tommies-blog-size-imageOn Friday 7th October at 2pm, Dr Ray Costello will be giving a talk at the Anthony Walker Education Centre at the International Slavery Museum, focusing on his recently published book, ‘Black Tommies: British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War’. Ray tells us more ahead of the free talk, part of our Black History Month event series, which we hope you can join:

“This is the first book dedicated to the part played by Black soldiers in the British regular army, rather than colonial units, during the First World War.

“This forgotten group of participants in the First World War are those Black Britons, already resident in the British Isles at the outbreak of hostilities, who enlisted to fight for King and Country. Not least were the locally born Black communities in Britain’s docklands districts, of several generations’ standing in some cases, also answering the nation’s need.

“Members of the Liverpool Black community, the oldest in Europe in terms of continuous presence, are able to trace their roots from the eighteenth century and have fought in all of Britain’s wars throughout the last two centuries. In this talk, the names of some of those who served will be recognised today in the modern Liverpool Black Community.


“If Black British colonial troops have been long ignored by historians, the existence of any narrative around Black British soldiers enlisting in the United Kingdom is equally unknown, even in military circles. Although Black colonial overseas troops fighting for Britain are only now slipping into books and media, ‘under the radar’, so to speak, ‘home-grown’ and UK-domiciled Black soldiers are still largely unrecognised and deserve to be  more widely popularised”.

View all of our FREE Black History Month events throughout October



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