Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a curator for National Museums Liverpool? Here Chrissy Partheni tells us about her first few weeks doing just that.
Having worked at National Museums Liverpool for 15 years in roles that involved interpretation and public engagement as well as partnerships with other museums I am honoured and excited to take up the post of the curator of classical antiquities at World Museum. The significant variety and quality of the collections, ranging from Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean art to classical pottery, the Ince Blundell sculptures, and the Anglo Saxons. Read more…
18 December 2014 by Lucy Johnson
Throughout 2014, an art group run by the charity Crisis have visited exhibitions across our museums and galleries. Inspired by what they have seen, the group members have spent the last 12 weeks working together in their workshop on a mural which celebrates the city of Liverpool. I attended the unveiling of the fantastic artwork and got the chance to see other paintings the group have produced. There were some wonderful creations!
Their favourite exhibitions this year were Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences and the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery; both provided the group with a wealth of discussion, debate and ideas for their own work. The group spoke very passionately about their experiences of visiting our venues and it was very rewarding to see how our exhibitions can inform, challenge and inspire people.
A big thank you to Crisis art group and we hope to see you in 2015!
17 December 2014 by Lucy Johnson
An admissions register from 1791 which lists the first pupils to attend Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind is currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool. It is part of Unsung, a display which celebrates the life of Edward Rushton, a human rights activist who started the campaign to set up the school. Teacher Nick Young gives us an insight into the ongoing work of the school today:
Nick Young: “More than two centuries of educating the visually impaired have placed the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool as one of the leading schools of its kind. The school was founded in 1791 by Edward Rushton and was the first such school in Britain, second only to Paris in the world. Read more…
Once again, (and, as usual, far sooner than those of us who haven’t finished the shopping yet had expected), we are fast approaching Christmas. A season as much associated with ideas of peace and goodwill as with gift giving and good food. Christmas presents have become an inescapable part of the season, one which many people (or at least those who are very well organised) start to think about a couple of months in advance.
In October 1914 one young girl seems to have been doing exactly that and her Christmas list was certainly more ambitious than most! Princess Mary, the 17 year old daughter of King George V, decided she wanted to send a gift to:
“every sailor afloat and every soldier at the Front”
12 December 2014 by Lynn
Here, Sarah Houghton, from our Development team, talks about finding a Christmas present for those tricky-to-buy-for friends and families.
I don’t know about you, but every Christmas, I rack my brains over what to get for those difficult to buy for friends and family. Read more…
The Merseyside Maritime Museum exhibition On Their Own: Britain’s child migrants, tells the heart-breaking story of child migration.
Anne Swifte (nee Duxbury) was ten years old when she left her home in Ormskirk for a new life in Australia. This is her emotional story of loss and resilience… Read more…
11 December 2014 by Kay
This is our second feature for UK Disability History Month, 2014. This year’s theme is War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement.
Peter Spencer, a well-known foot and mouth artist, painted this image of a Starways Viscount aircraft in flight in 1964. Peter had been a pilot during the Second World War and lost the use of his arms and hands following an aircraft accident 27 March 1945.
With great dedication and endurance, he learned to paint and to draw holding the brush in his mouth. His works were exhibited widely and he was awarded an MBE in 1980 for his human and artistic achievements.
8 December 2014 by Felicity
Lever historian Gavin Hunter is a regular visitor, and speaker, at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Here he shares what he loves most about the Gallery, as well as his very special reason for joining the Centenary Club: Read more…
4 December 2014 by Lucy
We are delighted to announce that National Museums Liverpool has been awarded a significant grant to fund research into its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) collections in its art galleries and urban history items at the Museum of Liverpool.
The £91,863 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will be used to support the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project, which we will develop with partner Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, based within one of the UK’s most prominent LGBT communities.
‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a two-year project, that will tackle the challenges faced across the museum sector, by realising the full potential of LGBT collections to ensure that objects and stories within these collections are fully researched, sensitively interpreted and made accessible online and through display to a wide and diverse audience. Read more…
4 December 2014 by Sam
Next week the Museum of Liverpool is being taken over for a special afternoon of events run by local students. We asked their assistant headteacher what to expect:
“For the past few months, students from Weatherhead High School have been working in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool organising a Teen Takeover Day, which will take place on Wednesday 10 December, 2014, 1-3pm.
The event is packed full of fun activities for all ages including special performances from singers and dancers who are all Weatherhead High School students. There will also be a football quiz and trail. Read more…