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9 November 2016 by Kay

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LGBT History Month 2017

Here, at the Museum of Liverpool, we are committed to telling diverse and hidden histories and ensuring that our collections and displays represent our local communities as much as possible. Read more…

Exploring Young Roots with the Together Trust

8 November 2016 by Emma Walmsley

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Emigration Party outside Manchester Town Hall, 1897. Courtesy of the Together Trust

Liverpool docks have seen many people leave England’s shores to start new lives abroad over the centuries. One lesser known part of this history, which was explored in our recent exhibition On their own: Britain’s child migrants, was the story of the child migration schemes which sent British children to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries between 1869 and the early 1970s. These were run by charities and religious organisations and supported by governments.

One such charity which was involved in emigration between 1872 and 1914 was the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes, now known as the Together Trust. Read more…

Arctic Convoys 75th anniversary event

4 November 2016 by Ben

lots of people, including war veterans with medals, looking at museum objects on a table display

There was an event at Liverpool Town Hall on 31 October to mark the 75th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy in the Second World War.

The convoys took vital supplies and munitions to Russian ports, braving U-boat attacks and the harsh arctic conditions. The first convoy left Liverpool on 12 August 1941.  Read more…

Winner of the John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice announced.

3 November 2016 by Laura

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Donal Moloney – winner of the John Moores Visitors’ Choice 2016

Congratulations to Donal Moloney, winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 Visitors’ Choice!

His intricate kaleidoscopic painting, ‘Cave Floor’, has won the £2,016 prize, sponsored by Rathbones.

Rathbones have sponsored Visitors’ Choice since 2008. The award is a chance for visitors to have their say and select a painting which they feel stands out from the competition.

Over the years visitors have chosen some very different paintings but interestingly, not once have they agreed with the judges’ first choice, although occasionally other prizewinners have been selected. Read more…

Five fabulous events for River Of Light fireworks night

3 November 2016 by Laura

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Firework display over the River Mersey starts at 6.30 on 5 November

If you’re heading into the city for the River of Light on Saturday 5 November, make a day of it with free events at the Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum and the Seized! gallery.

Staying open later until 6pm on 5 November, there are crafts, puppet-making and Titanic object handling, plus the chance to see exhibitions Read more…

Four more reasons to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery

2 November 2016 by Jo Keenan

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Explore the Gallery with a ‘When I was little’ backpack © Pete Carr

The Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery have launched new resources for family visitors as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project work.

The resources link to the recently refurbished South End galleries and are free to borrow from the Welcome Desk on arrival.  Read more…

Artist blog: John Moores 2016 artist, Julia Warr

2 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Where do we come from? Where are we going? by Julia Warr

“Where do we come from? Where are we going?” by Julia Warr

Julia Warr was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Where do we come from? Where are we going?’

Julia utilities grids in her work to create an essence of what she calls ‘realistic fiction’.

We caught up with her to find out more about her art and how she works…

Read more…

Hot off the Press: Black Panther Newspapers arrive at the International Slavery Museum

31 October 2016 by Sarah

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One of the Black Panther Intercommunal News Service newspaper issues. Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool

October is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party and Black History Month in the UK. So, what better time to announce our acquisition of twenty one copies of the ‘Black Panther Intercommunal News Service’ than today?  Read more…

Five frightful things to do this week

27 October 2016 by Andrew

Join us for creepy crafts and ghoulishly great Halloween activities!

Join us for creepy crafts and ghoulishly great Halloween activities!

Enjoy a spooktacular school holiday this week with fiendishly good events at National Museums Liverpool.

From creepy crafts to a spooky tour, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained at our museums and galleries.

Read more…

Meet the Egyptians: Horwennefer’s coffin

27 October 2016 by Lisa

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Horwennefer’s coffin lid before treatment.

Building works have now begun on an exciting new project to develop our ancient Egypt gallery, enabling us to tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its world-renowned ancient Egyptian collection.  The re-development will allow us to increase the number of the objects on display and tell more stories, while also creating better conditions for the collections.

While the gallery is closed, conservators are working hard to get our Egyptian objects ready to go back on display. Here, conservator Tania Desloge tells us how they are getting on:  Read more…



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