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Drawing inspiration from the museum stores

21 August 2014 by Zachary

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store. Image courtesy Pamela Clarkson.

Not all museum projects are part of a long-term plan. Some come about by chance and it was through a stroke of good luck that I was at World Museum when the Ghanaian artist and curator Atta Kwami paid a visit to the African displays in our World Cultures gallery a few months ago. On that occasion I was able to meet Atta over a coffee in the museum café to discuss his current work.  Read more…

Lever’s Wedgwood, what makes it the best in the world?

20 August 2014 by Ann

Robin Emmerson photo

Robin Emmerson

In this guest blog internationally-renowned Wedgwood expert Robin Emmerson tells us why he believes our Wedgwood collection is the best in the world…  Read more…

Show us pictures of your visit to the International Slavery Museum

18 August 2014 by Mitty

children with their faces painted, listening intently to an unseen storyteller

Family activities at last year’s Slavery Remembrance Day © Simon Webb

So we’re in the midst of the summer holidays!!  Here at the International Slavery Museum we have great free events every day of the week for all to enjoy, so far we’ve been having fun with flags, making funky shakers and also decorating traditional West African mask designs. Loads of you come every day to enjoy our sessions and we would love to see what you are making!

Do you fancy sharing your pictures? You could tag International Slavery Museum on facebook or @slaverymuseum on twitter – and if you’re not following us, why not?! Read more…

Knitted swimwear – not as daft as you’d think!

18 August 2014 by Sam

old fashioned swimming costume

Wool serge bathing costume, 1910, frm the Tinne collection at the Walker Art Gallery

It’s that time of year again when many of us have been digging our cossies out from the back of the wardrobe ready for trips to the beach and holidays abroad. I bet that not many people will have a swimming costume quite as unusual as this one though. I have always been fascinated by it, ever since I first saw it in the Walker Art Gallery’s 2006 exhibition A Passion for Fashion: a Liverpool lady’s wardrobe.

This particular bathing costume, which dates from 1910, is made of wool serge. It was a great curiosity when it went on display at the Walker and many of us were doubtful about how practical it would be to wear in the water. We’re all so used to modern fabrics that the idea of a woolen cossie seemed completely impractical and uncomfortable. Read more…

Take One Picture

16 August 2014 by Laura

Children in lion masks

Year three from Moss Park Junior School, Manchester

Moss Park Junior School in Manchester have been very busy creating lots of exciting work based on a painting from the Walker Art Gallery. Read more…

Rose Wylie, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist- guest blog

14 August 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Rose Wylie with her shortlisted work ‘PV Windows and Floorboards’

In the second of our series of posts by the shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize, Rose Wylie gives us an insight into her studio and working methods. Read more…

Historic quarter launches digital guide

12 August 2014 by Ann

Entrance to World Museum

Entrance to World Museum

Did you know William Brown Street in the heart of Liverpool City Centre is the only street in the country to house a national museum , a national art gallery and a library?  Read more…

Sir John Moores family travelling trunk on display at the Maritime

7 August 2014 by Jen

group photo pf people wearing fancy dress costumes

Fancy Dress party on board Franconia l-r: Edna, John, John Jr, Betty & Ruby
(courtesy of Clare and Barney Moores)

Next month sees the exciting announcement of the John Moores Painting Prize winner for 2014. The shortlist has been drawn up and we’re all excited to see who the next winner of this prestigious competition will be.

Here at the Maritime Museum though we’ve been focusing on the man who founded the Painting Prize. Sir John Moores was a local businessman and founder of the Littlewoods Pools; by the mid 1930s he had made his fortune and could easily afford one of the great luxuries of the age, seeing the world on the magnificent passenger liners. Read more…

Rae Hicks, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

7 August 2014 by Laura

Man and painting

Rae Hicks with his work, ‘Sometimes I forget that you’re gone’

In the first of a series of guest blogs by the John Moores 2014 shortlisted artists, we hear from Rae Hicks about his work and the soundtrack to his studio…. Read more…

Walking in the footsteps of Glasgow’s past

5 August 2014 by Richard

Crowds outside the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Hello,

Last week I spoke at the ‘Untold Stories, Buried Histories’ panel event in Glasgow, part of  The Empire Café, a week long exploration of Scotland’s relationship with slavery and Atlantic slave trade.  It was planned so that it ran for the duration of the Commonwealth Games.  This is particularly interesting as the legacy and relevancy of the Commonwealth is widely discussed and debated.   It did not take me long to see the legacy of Glasgow’s role in the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as I walked to the venue past the Gallery of Modern Art (once the townhouse of William Cunninghame, a prominent Glaswegian tobacco merchant) and Buchanan and Ingram Streets, both named after merchants who also became rich on the suffering of those working on their plantations. Read more…

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