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Shipping posters online

7 June 2017 by Ellie

Shipping company poster

Pacific Steam Navigation Company poster 1984.269.1

As part of our ongoing efforts to make the collections of Merseyside Maritime Museum more accessible, you can now find out about some of our posters on our new works on paper collection pages.

The first works to be featured are the Liverpool shipping posters that were previously displayed in our Sail Away exhibition (May 2014 – April 2016). They were selected from over 100 posters in our collection, illustrating the history of more than a century of sea travel. Read more…

Mine for evermore

6 June 2017 by Laura

‘When I’m 64’ BBC Radio Merseyside’s sing-along, part of Pepper at 50

So far we’ve seen diamonds fill the sky over Camp Hill; billboard memorials to Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and a psychedelic mural on the side of disused grain silo and there’s even more to come during the run of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club’s Band’. Read more…

Revealing classical treasures at World Museum

6 June 2017 by Chrissy Partheni

The classical relief now visible in World Museum’s new cafe. The inscription reads Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecita: God has given us these days of leisure.

I will never forget my first impression of Liverpool, almost 18 years ago. The impressive architecture of the city with its classical references was definitely an attraction to a Greek. But while it is easy to spot the classical influences on the exterior of Liverpool’s buildings, we often miss their interior decoration. The extension of our brand new café into the Mountford building is an excellent opportunity to view such prime examples and to perhaps think of the reasons why classical antiquity imagery became such an important narrative of civic pride and glory in 19th century Liverpool.

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Right or wrong – ethics in museums

5 June 2017 by David Fleming

The Mummy Room, ancient Egypt gallery, World Museum, image by Gareth Jones

Ethics is a burning issue in museums at the moment. The need for ethical behaviour – for museums to behave professionally and properly – has always been here, but as public funding shrinks then many museums are seeking to increase their income from a variety of sources, and this is bringing new ethical dilemmas, which can be very difficult to resolve.

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Talk Tuesday: Arts Council Collection prints

5 June 2017 by Scott Smith

ZOOLOGICLOOKINGNORTHKAPUT! display at the Walker Art Gallery.

‘ZOOLOGICLOOKINGNORTHKAPUT!’ is a second year printmaking project by
Liverpool John Moores University Fine Art students that is currently on display at the Walker Art Gallery until 18 June 2017. Ahead of the students’ Talk Tuesday on 6 June, their tutor Neil Morris tells us more about the project…
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HOP to it for pots of cash

2 June 2017 by Megan

Wouldn’t it be great if more older people could get involved in arts and culture as a means to leading happier, more fulfilled lives? In 2014, we created a network called HOP, which does just that.

HOP actually stands for Happy Older People, and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Joining forces with LightNight organisers Open Culture, we’ve produced and developed a network of organisations with the aim of finding new ways of working together to engage local older people in arts and culture.

We want to encourage other local organisations across the Liverpool City Region to apply for a new wave of funding we have available, to help older people feel less isolated through the enjoyment of arts and culture, meeting new people and learning new skills.  Read more…

“It’s good to know you are not alone” – free dementia awareness workshop for family carers

1 June 2017 by Emma Riley

At National Museums Liverpool we’re delighted to be able to offer another free half-day dementia awareness workshop for family carers, taking place on 20 June at the Museum of Liverpool.

House of Memories is National Museums Liverpool’s award-winning dementia awareness training programme, providing both professionals and family carers with practical skills and resources to support people to live well with dementia. Read more…

Betty and her cookery books

1 June 2017 by Mitty

Betty with part of her cook book collection

Betty with part of her cook book collection

Whilst having a stand at the Granby Street Market, I was lucky enough to meet Betty Vandy and try some of her amazing food. I told her about the Sankofa project and she told me all about her cook book collection. I’ll let Betty tell you more.

“My books are almost as important as the food I cook. I started collecting my now nearing three hundred strong cook book collection well over twenty two years ago.

I remember my first significant purchases, a set of seven vintage cook books published in the 1960s, I paid five pounds and they were and still are in excellent condition. But more importantly the recipes are detailed, accurate and they work!  Read more…

The pitfalls of recreating a pit burial

30 May 2017 by Alex Blakeborough

The final put burial display.

The final pit burial display.

What colour should the sand be? This was just one of the many things we had to think about when installing the pit burial case for the new Ancient Egypt gallery.

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Our events team won an award!

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National Museums Liverpool take home the Excellence in Business Tourism Award at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have won an Excellence in Business Tourism Award at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2017!

In a ceremony held at St George’s Hall, National Museums Liverpool’s corporate events team were recognised for their substantial contribution to the tourism sector by winning the award, which acknowledges the huge importance of the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions sectors of Liverpool’s tourism industry.  The team, who deliver a wide range of corporate events in our unique museums and galleries, beat off stiff competition from the likes of Tate Liverpool and Titanic Hotel Liverpool to take home the award.

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