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Carry the Lady Lever Art Gallery in your pocket with our new app

13 September 2016 by Ann

Lady Lever Art Gallery app

Lady Lever Art Gallery app

As part of the consultation period prior to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s  South End galleries we asked visitors about how they would like to see Lord Lever’s collections interpreted.  We were keen to explore the use of technology in our displays but were mindful that many people were wary of too much intervention wanting to keep the galleries as they were. However, 99% of those surveyed said that they owned a smartphone and 71% were interested in a venue app and would consider downloading one.

We set to work planning how we could enhance a visit to the Gallery using digital content but not at the expense of the physical experience and so it was decided to develop a simple app which gave visitors, particularly families, an alternative method of exploring the collections in the new galleries and in the comfort of their own homes.


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Celebrating our archaeology volunteers

12 September 2016 by Vanessa

woman at a desk with trays of coins

Volunteer Sophie Flynn starting to clean a hoard of Roman coins

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year thousands of objects are discovered, many by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

As the scheme’s regional finds liaison officer, covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, I find that every week more and more finds make their way into the office to be recorded for the PAS database. In order to process them all I need help and that comes in the form of some fantastic people willing to give up their time to volunteer.  Read more…

Jars for the afterlife

12 September 2016 by Lynn

Canopic jarsThe first in a series of blogs from Marion Servat-Fredericq, Assistant Curator of Antiquities, reveals aspects of the fascinating culture of Ancient Egypt through some objects from our collection.

“We have put some of the most popular objects from our Egyptian collection on display online while the Ancient Egypt gallery is closed for extensive refurbishment.  This beautiful set of Egyptian canopic jars, also on display in the atrium, give us insight into Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. Read more…

Free national dementia workshops for family carers

9 September 2016 by Sam Vaux

Carers holding a vintage hairdryer

Carers discover a vintage hairdryer © Pete Carr

Sunday, 11 September 2016 marked National Dementia Carers’ Day, which recognises the important contribution family and informal carers make by caring for people living with dementia.

To mark the occasion, National Museums Liverpool has been funded by the Department of Health to launch free dementia workshops for family carers, partnering with museums across the country.

House of Memories dementia awareness for family carers workshops build on the success of our award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme, which has been running at the Museum of Liverpool since 2012. Read more…

All creatures great and small: netsuke at World Museum

9 September 2016 by Emma Martin

Emma and Helen installing netsuke on the new mount

Emma and Helen installing netsuke on the new mount

Last week we re-displayed some of our new Japanese netsuke in the World Cultures gallery in World Museum. This wonderful collection of carved toggles was given to the museum in memory of the well-known 20th century collector Jonas Goro Gadelius.

Each year we refresh the display bringing a new group of netsuke out from the stores. This year I chose the theme ‘mini beasts’ and we now have a new mount inspired by a bonsai tree. Read more…

Piecing together an excavation

6 September 2016 by Chrissy

The excavation at Kouklia in progress

The excavation at Kouklia in progress

My mother is from the town of Morphou in Cyprus and I therefore have always felt a special connection with the Cypriot collections in the antiquities department. One significant group is material from Kouklia, from a joint excavation between our museum and St. Andrews University. The excavation was ambitious and of significant scale and attracted a lot of media attention as a result. It was undertaken across five successive seasons from 1950 – 1955. It’s hard to imagine museums having the resource to undertake such a large excavation today in the current economic climate.  Read more…

What would you leave to Liverpool?

6 September 2016 by Emma

Paintings conservator at work in the studio

Paintings conservator at work

Remember A Charity Week is fast approaching (12-18 September) and it has got me thinking about what I’d like my legacy to be. I’ve blogged previously about some of the legacies which have helped make National Museums Liverpool what it is today, including the generous donation of Sudley House to the city of Liverpool by Emma Holt.  Read more…

Museums are dementia experts

5 September 2016 by Sam Vaux

Health care professionals and person living with dementia using My House of Memories app

House of Memories © Robin Clewley

September 2016 marks World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge stigma.

Here in the UK, National Museums Liverpool has trained more than 10,000 carers across England, through its House of Memories dementia awareness training programme. We’re proud to share that House of Memories has become the first to pilot a ‘Tier 2’ dementia training programme within health and social care settings across the North West of England.

This latest development represents an exciting step for museums and cultural organisations working closely with the health and social care sector, to help people live well with dementia. Read more…

‘IT’ – a poem by by Peter Ogunsiji

5 September 2016 by Sarah

‘Sugar Coated’, an art work produced by Peter Ogunsiji in relation to the poem, ‘IT’. Courtesy of Peter Ogunsiji.

‘Sugar Coated’, an art work produced by Peter Ogunsiji in relation to the poem, ‘IT’. Courtesy of Peter Ogunsiji.

Peter Ogunsiji is an issues-based artist from Toxteth in Liverpool, who aims to create works stimulating awareness, discussion and action.

Peter is a good friend of the Museum and has sent us the below poem, inspired by his recent volunteering work with Action for Blind People to raise awareness of diabetes related vision loss – Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people are 50% more likely to develop these conditions than Europeans. The poem is called ‘IT’ . Can you guess what ‘IT’ is?

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Somme centenary: the final attack on Guillemont

2 September 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

barren landscape with bare tree trunks stripped of branches and leaves

Guillemont after the September 1916 Somme battles

On 3 September 1916, after four unsuccessful attacks on the village of Guillemont, the British Army, as part of a wider push, launched another assault. Once again, men from the King’s Regiment were involved, this time from the 12th Battalion.

The Battalion had been in and out of the trenches to the west of the village from mid August and had already experienced some casualties. On 3 September, at 12 noon, the Battalion went ‘over the top’ to capture Guillemont. They moved through Trones Wood and across the exposed flat land to the west of the village. Read more…

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