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Last chance to see John Moores Painting Prize

20 November 2014 by Laura

Painting

‘Every minute you are closer to death’ by Hynek Martinec

Where else can you see 69,104 miniature human figures crammed onto one canvas, a visual depiction of the moves made in a game of chess played by the Dada artist Duchamp, an elderly woman engulfed by a transcendental white light from a chest freezer and the eerie corpse of a young deer languishing on a dining table?  Read more…

Watches of a couple separated by the Titanic

19 November 2014 by Jen

Gold pocket watches belonging to Thomas and Ada Hewitt

These gold watches belonged to Thomas and Ada Hewitt; they were given to each other as gifts on their wedding day in 1902

A pocket watch belonging to a Liverpool man who died in the Titanic tragedy and his wife’s fob watch have been added to the award winning Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition. Displayed next to each other, the two gold watches of Thomas Hewitt and his wife Ada were exchanged by the couple as gifts on their wedding day in September 1902. Read more…

“An inspiration to the people of Liverpool and beyond”

19 November 2014 by Lucy Johnson

Framed painting of Edward RushtonNick Young, teacher from the Royal School for the Blind, tells us about how Edward Rushton, whose story is currently being told in Unsung displays and events across the city as part of DadaFest International 2014, continues to be an inspiration to the school:

“Every family has its treasures and keepsakes that remind them of where they have come from and possibly point a way to the future. The legacy of Edward Rushton is no exception. Our school is rightly proud to have Rushton amongst its founders. His philanthropy, philosophy and integrity in the face of opposition, particularly in relation to the slave trade, remain an inspiration to the people of Liverpool and beyond. Read more…

Top three Liverpool gifts for Christmas

17 November 2014 by Stacey

Front cover imageWith Christmas a matter of weeks away our Museum of Liverpool shop team has selected their top three Liverpool gifts to help take the stress out of present-hunting for all true and honorary Scousers. Our top three Liverpool gifts are… Read more…

New Brighton – mecca for photographers

17 November 2014 by Sam

old photograph of families taking donkey rides on New Brighton beach

Keith Medley Archive Liverpool John Moores University

In many ways New Brighton is no different from many other seaside towns. In its heyday it was a bustling resort with people outnumbering pebbles on the beach. This glorious time is captured in fantastic photographs from the Keith Medley archive at Liverpool John Moores University, which are now on display in the Our day out exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool. The photographs are accompanied by reminiscences by Liverpool people of visiting the resort, getting sand in your sandwiches, wearing knotted hankies on your head to avoid getting burnt and dashing for the last ferry home.

These fond memories are perhaps even more poignant when you consider the changes of fortune that have affected New Brighton since those golden days. Read more…

Raise the Titanic! …to the second floor

14 November 2014 by Jen

Titanic Model Case Being Dismantled

Dismantling the case

One of National Museums Liverpool’s most iconic objects – the Titanic builder’s model, has been on the move.  It has been on display for the last 8 years in the Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress gallery. This gallery is now closed and will open again in March 2015 as a new gallery Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy.  The Titanic model has been moved up to the second floor to our award winning exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story.

But hang on a minute, just imagine the preparation and planning that goes into moving a very large (6 metres long, 1 metre wide, 1 metre tall), heavy (over half a ton), old (built in 1910), fragile (some parts are made from paper and card), and valuable object like this! For the last few months, colleagues from across divisions (Registration, Curatorial, Estates Management, Ship and Historic Models Conservation, Ship Keeping and Engineering, Exhibitions, Visitor Services) have been working hard on putting in place the logistics to ensure that the model was moved in the best and safest way possible: Read more…

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…

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