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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…

Listen impossible – making the Lady Lever even more interesting

3 July 2017 by Dave Moffat

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery © Pete Carr

It’s often difficult to improve on something which is already amazing.  Even before the recent redevelopment of the south end galleries, the Lady Lever was a truly beautiful and inspiring place to visit.  A magnificent collection of objects, some incredible paintings, furniture and ceramics, housed in a purpose built gallery, situated in an idyllic village.

We’ve had plenty of positive feedback from our visitors about the redevelopment and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished.

How could you make all that, better?

Well, another  way we help our visitors engage with our collections is through our audio guides.  Read more…

Art of Activism – free cinema workshop

30 June 2017 by Stef

Join us on 15th July for Scalarama’s ‘I Want to be a Cinema’ workshop designed to support anyone interested in running their own film events

As we come to the final weeks of Art of Solidarity at the International Slavery Museum, an exhibition of vibrant Cuban posters from the 1960s and 70s showing solidarity with African liberation movements, we will be taking inspiration from these revolutionary Cuban poster artists to offer visitors the opportunity to participate in events that aim to further explore the capacity of art forms to be powerful tools of activism and a means to create dialogue.

Protest Through film

With DIY cinema projects such as volunteer- run Liverpool Small Cinema, Liverpool Radical Film Festival, exciting new film projects such as the Kinematic and Empty Spaces, as well as grassroots community ventures such as recent pop-up screenings with local filmmakers- including Sandi Hughes- as part of Granby Four Streets Market, it’s safe to say that our city already has an impressive legacy of DIY film programming. However, how does someone get started doing their own film screenings, licencing films or getting the word out about these types of events?

Sadly now closed, Liverpool Small Cinema was built and run entirely by volunteers.

Join us on 15th July to find out, as we welcome Scalarama for the ‘I Want to be a Cinema’ workshop, designed to support anyone interested in learning how to programme, license and promote their own film events, with advice and resources from experienced film programmers, including former programmers of Liverpool Small Cinema. Participants will also be offered the chance to be involved in Scalarama film festival this year by supporting a screening or hosting their own event in a community centre, local library, business, film club or even their garden!

With their manifesto that ‘Scalarama is by everyone, for everyone, everywhere, with DIY in its veins’, Scalarama aspire to fill UK cities with film throughout the month of September, providing an opportunity for anyone to get active in their communities, showcase the films that they would like to see and frame new discussion.

‘I Want to Be a Cinema’ workshop– 15 July 2017, 1-3pm, Anthony Walker Education Centre. We will be offering a tour of Art of Solidarity before this workshop at 12.30pm

International Slavery Museum will also be participating in Scalarama this year with a free screening of Selma in the Martin Luther King Jr building on 9th September 1pm, along with the chance to get hands on with a selection of civil rights objects from our Human Rights and Freedom Fights collection as well as the opportunity to view rare Black Panthers materials from our archive.

For the full programme of Scalarama events across all of our venues, click here.

Animals in the ancient Near East

28 June 2017 by Scott Smith

Jug in the form of a kneeling bull

Jug in the form of a kneeling cow or bull

The ancient Near East was a region that roughly corresponds to the modern Middle East (including Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria). World Museum’s Ancient Near East collection contains antiquities from the pre-classical civilisations of the ancient Near East and a selection of highlights from the collections is now available to view online for the first time…

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Astonishing Anglo-Saxon artefact!

22 June 2017 by Mark Adams

This rare and exciting fragment of Anglo-Saxon sculpture was found on an archaeological excavation at Mark Rake, Bromborough, Wirral in late 2016! The carved sandstone fragment is part of a slab carved between 900 and 1100 AD, and is decorated with incised lines marking out a border around what is probably a cross. The site where it was found lies in the middle of Bromborough village, just to the north of the parish church which is dedicated to St. Barnabas, and until recently the plot of land formed part of the Rectory gardens. The site came to the attention of Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists when a planning application was made to build houses on the site after it was sold by the church.

Little is known of the origins of villages on the Wirral, but there are hints that many of them have been occupied since at least the Roman period and possibly longer; earlier excavations at Thorstone Drive, Irby and Hilary Breck, Wallasey, had found evidence for Prehistoric, Roman and early medieval buildings and other features and Mark Rake’s location, immediately next door to a church mentioned in the Domesday Survey, suggested that it had the potential for similar finds. Read more…

Six things to shop during Edo Pop

21 June 2017 by Eleanor Webster

edo pop japanese crackleglaze bowl

Japanese crackleglaze bowl, £11

Last month the eagerly anticipated Edo Pop exhibition launched at Lady Lever Art Gallery, bringing to life the energy and spirit of 19th century Edo (now Tokyo) through a collection of 50 woodblock prints.  Loaned from local collector Frank Milner, the vibrant and colourful prints were ‘mass produced’ by hand by leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, and were very sought after by fans of Edo’s popular culture. Read more…

Refugee Week: are we still a city of sanctuary?

16 June 2017 by Stef

MaMa choir performance, image from Migrant Artists Mutual Aid

Recent events have left many of us feeling that our community is increasingly vulnerable and divided. Refugee Week (19-25 June) provides us with an opportunity to create a more welcoming place to live, by coming together to celebrate people who have overcome incredible adversity.

To celebrate Refugee Week, the International Slavery Museum is hosting an exciting programme of free events and activities. Migrant Artists Mutual Aid (MaMa) will showcase the unifying force of music with a choir performance, that includes songs from member’s childhoods. MaMa Choir is a cross national network of women, mothers, migrants, artists, academics and activists who work together to campaign for justice in the migration system.

We are presenting short film screenings featuring Chasing Borders, a short film created by young people working with the BFI and Watershed Cinema. Chasing Borders is the heart-breaking story of a young person’s walk to safety. We are also screening Call Me Kuchu, a fascinating documentary highlighting the struggles of persecuted LGBT+ people in Uganda. The experiences of LGBT+ refugees can often be overlooked and many experience violent discrimination even once they have reached counties like the U.K.

For those who like to get hands on, get creative in our Faces of Change badge making workshop and help us create a refugee welcome display. This display will feature your pictures and stories of refugee experiences, including those from the Dunkirk refugee camp in France. The Dunkirk refugee camp was destroyed by a blaze this year along with the few remaining belongings and shelter that the occupants had left, though they continue to be supported by dedicated volunteer groups including Dunkirk Legal. With your help we can create a display to inspire museum visitors and to share our support with vulnerable people around the world.

Join in, learn and have fun to show that we are still a city of sanctuary.

For more information on all the Refugee Week events and activities taking place please click here.

Days out for dads

15 June 2017 by Jen G

Looking for inspiration for a fun day out this Father’s Day? We have plenty to keep dads happy and the whole family entertained at our museums and galleries.

Here’s our top five things to do this Sunday:

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A personal introduction to Edo Pop.

14 June 2017 by Frank Milner

Man

Frank Milner

I have been collecting Japanese woodblock prints for over 40 years . To begin with I saw prints like these as reproductions in books about French Impressionist pictures Read more…

Inspired by George Bouverie Goddard

13 June 2017 by Felicity

The Struggle for Existence, by Goddard, at the Walker

It’s always fantastic to hear from visitors who have been inspired by paintings in our collection. In this blog post, Chris Woodward tells us how a painting by George Bouverie Goddard inspired him to write a play, soon to be performed here in Liverpool. Read more…



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