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Jane’s jigsaw – ‘From There to Here’

28 May 2014 by Kay

jigsaw with photos of different people and objects

This jigsaw is one of 8 unique and wonderful artworks on display in the exhibition From There to Here: the hidden history of People with Learning Difficulties in Merseyside, Museum of Liverpool.

The artworks celebrate the lives and experiences of the people who helped to make the exhibition. Each participant met and briefed local artists who designed and made the pieces, using the participant’s oral testimonies and interviews as inspiration.

The special jigsaw represents things very close to participant Jane Fradley’s heart – Ant and Dec, Prince William… and her boyfriend Neil! It was made by local artist Annette Jamieson. Read more…

HMS Thetis memorial to be unveiled

27 May 2014 by Sam

black band or ribbon with faded gold lettering 'HMS Thetis'

HMS Thetis cap band donated to Merseyside Maritime Museum in 2011. The donor’s uncle was involved in the salvage of the submarine. Accession number MMM.2011.13

Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a new memorial to the submarine HMS Thetis:

“On Sunday 1 June 2014 at 1pm a memorial will be unveiled at the River Walkway, Birkenhead. It will mark 75 years since the worst peacetime submarine accident in the history of the Royal Navy. On 1 June 1939 HMS Thetis sank in Liverpool Bay and 99 men perished. Read more…

Last chance to see hit Turner exhibition at Lady Lever Art Gallery

27 May 2014 by Laura

Exhibition

Turner exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

We love it when visitors vote with their feet and the exhibition ‘Turner: travels, light and landscape‘ is such a case. With just under a week before it closes we have had almost 10,000 visitors more than predicted! Read more…

Celebrating African World Cup legends

26 May 2014 by Mitty

African children holding two footballs

Image courtesy of Charity Ball

How do you explain football to someone who has never heard of it?

You don’t, you give them a ball.

Football is brilliantly absurd in how it manages to turn a simple and accessible game  into such an amazing spectacle. This June will see the World Cup come to Brazil and the biggest show of the year will be shared by literally billions of ecstatic football fans world wide, all hoping this will be their year to celebrate! Read more…

Meet me at the museum

25 May 2014 by Dawn

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the Museum

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the museum

One of our Visitor Hosts, Jill Ireland, has been telling us about a new and friendly drop-in event at World Museum and Museum of Liverpool, called Meet me at the museum, which has been developed with older visitors in mind:

“Working on ‘Meet me at the museum’ has given me a fascinating insight into memories, and how simple things get us all talking, sharing stories and enjoying the company of strangers. The idea of the project is to engage with older visitors and take a nostalgic look back. It has attracted a wide and diverse audience, from older adults to grandparents with their grandchildren, and even some family groups. Read more…

How we British aren’t particularly good at democracy…

23 May 2014 by David Fleming

Head and shoulders shot of David Fleming in suit and tie

This is the first of a five part series looking at museums and democracy. What follows is the text of a lecture I gave on 13 May 2014 at Liverpool’s Institute of Cultural Capital research symposium entitled ‘The Arts, Them and Us: creating a more equitable system for subsidised culture’.

Read more…

Gill – a very handsome fish

23 May 2014 by Alyster

A black, white and yellow fish

Moorish Idol fish. Image courtesy of Brocken Inaglory on Wikimedia.

The Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) is a very handsome fish in my opinion. They elegantly glide through the water with their elongated dorsal fin trailing behind them. It’s believed this extended fin is to show off to potential partners about how attractive they are. If they have a short dorsal fin, which does happen as it lures some species of fish to nip at it, the fish will be seen as weaker than those with super long trailing fins, who were able to avoid being nibbled.  Read more…

Download our free ‘My House of Memories’ app

22 May 2014 by Dawn

A smiling gentleman and lady looking at a tablet

Dave and Eileen helped to the create the My House of Memories app

Dementia Awareness Week has been incredibly exciting so far, with lots of brilliant work going on in the city, not least the launch of the new Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance.

In London, there was also the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Community Awards where House of Memories was Highly Commended in the national category – this is a fantastic accolade and we are really thrilled.  Read more…

The eagle has landed…

21 May 2014 by Lucy

image of people looking at eagle

(l-r) Chris Lee and Chris Bliss (Liverpool ONE) and Paul Gallagher (Museum of Liverpool) admire the eagle

Today, we welcomed a new feathered friend to the Museum of Liverpool, who might just rival our life-size Liver Bird in popularity.

You may not know this, but in 1790, only seven years after winning its independence from Britain, the United States of America chose Liverpool as the site for its first ever consulate. The city’s growing transatlantic trade made it a vital partner for the USA, keen to exploit further commercial opportunities with Liverpool, Britain and beyond.  Read more…

Vote for us to be a National Treasure!

20 May 2014 by Lucy

Image of the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is up for a ‘National Treasure’ title

The Museum of Liverpool has been selected as one of the best National Lottery funded projects of the last 20 years. We’re one of 12 projects in England competing for the ‘National Treasure’ title in a public vote.

The winner will be selected in a public vote, so we need your help to take us to the top by voting online.

More than £21 billion has been awarded to amazing projects across the UK since the National Lottery launched in 1994. The Museum of Liverpool received £11.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its creation, and a number of other fantastic projects we’ve worked on have received funding including April Ashley: Portrait of a lady in partnership with Homotopia.

Voting is now open and closes at midnight on Tuesday 27 May. So what are you waiting for?