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House of Memories in the Midlands

18 February 2014 by Dawn

A lady in a pink dress and a gentleman in a blue jumper slow dancing

Pictured: Collective Encounters’ Marc Phillips and Aisling Leyne. Image © Mark McNulty.

This time last year, the House of Memories dementia awareness programme went on the road to Sunderland, Bury and Salford, and it was fantastic to be able to share this innovative approach with fellow museums and galleries. It’s really interesting to see how the programme translates to other cities and local collections and you can read more about this in our evaluationRead more…

Laura Facey school art project

18 February 2014 by Mitty

Laura Facey and school group

I wanted to tell you more about a very exciting project we did with the artist Laura Facey. She has a new International Slavery Museum exhibition ‘Their spirits’ on the ground floor of the Maritime Museum. She was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to work with some year 9 students from Enterprise South Liverpool Academy.  Read more…

The Mayer Mirror: Celtic Style

18 February 2014 by Gina

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2014 is a very special year for the Isle of Man and I’m really pleased that the ‘Mayer Mirror’, one of World Museum’s Celtic objects, is playing a starring role in the island’s celebrations. The mirror will be going on loan to the exhibition ‘Celtic Style’, staged by Manx National Heritage, and is one of the highlights of ‘Island of Culture 2014’, the largest cultural celebration ever to have been held in the Isle of Man. Read more…

MV Derbyshire Trust Fund launched this week

13 February 2014 by Ellie

Pamphlet about the charity

For a while now I have been privileged to work with members of the Derbyshire Family Association (DFA). In September 2012 we opened a permanent display on the First Floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, dedicated to the story of the bulk carrier MV Derbyshire, lost in the South China Sea with all hands on 9 September 1980. 42 crewmen and 2 wives perished, including 17 from Liverpool. The oil/bulk/ore carrier MV Derbyshire was the biggest British merchant ship ever lost. Read more…

Elroy Josephz: “The most charismatic and wonderful teacher”

12 February 2014 by Dickie

Image of man in dance pose with museum cases showing off items such as a hat

Display about dance great Elroy Josephz at the International Slavery Museum (on show until 23 March 2014)

The late, great, Elroy Josephz would have been 75 next week (20 February). He came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s and went on to change the way dancers and choreographers thought about movement. Elroy was a dancer, actor, producer, and teacher. Here, one of Elroy’s former students remembers him fondly as mentor and friend. Read more…

Valentine’s Day menu

12 February 2014 by Sarah

Menu from ship Baltic for 14th Feb 1913

This Valentine Day linked item is a menu from the White Star Line vessel Baltic for 14th February 1913, when the ship was approaching New York on a voyage from Liverpool.  It’s an impressive array of food, so is probably a first class menu.

The Maritime Archives and Library holds a lot of ship menus and I find them fascinating.  Read more…

Our top five romantic picks!

7 February 2014 by Lisa

Katherine with 'Cliff' by David Hockney

Katherine with ‘Cliff’ by David Hockney

Art and romance go hand in hand as far as we’re concerned. While we’ve been wandering around the Walker Art Gallery this week, we’ve found that you don’t have to go too far before you find some stunning paintings, sculptures and installations that explore or celebrate love.  It’s certainly a romantic place to be.  Read more…

Tragic story of First World War soldier’s suicide

7 February 2014 by Kay

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February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans History Month. To help represent and celebrate the lives and achievements of Liverpool’s LGBT community we are highlighting this story of Private William Mason, a King’s Liverpool Regiment soldier who served in the First World War.

Aged just 19, William Mason committed suicide in July 1916. William, from Birkenhead, had enlisted the previous year in Liverpool. He is one of almost 80,000 soldiers listed on our Kings Regiment World War I database. The following information is taken from a Liverpool Echo article, Tuesday 18 July, 1916, featured on the database. Read more…

Our staff are Dementia Friends

7 February 2014 by Lucy

Group of NML staff

National Museums Liverpool staff are Dementia Friends

This week, staff at National Museums Liverpool have had the chance to take part in some really interesting awareness sessions in order to become Dementia Friends.

We’re the first national museums service to take part in the initiative, which is led by the Alzheimer’s Society. Those living with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community, so Dementia Friends sessions give participants an understanding of dementia and the small things people can do to make a difference.  Read more…

Exploring Asia at World Museum

6 February 2014 by Felicity

 

Miniature of a Mughal courtier

Miniature of a Mughal courtier

World Museum’s astounding collections are incredibly vast and varied. So much so, that we’re still exploring and learning more about many of them! This is definitely true of our paper-based Asia collections, as Emma Martin, Head of Ethnology and Curator of Asia Collections, explains: Read more…