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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?

Read more…

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…

University of Liverpool lecture series at the Museum of Liverpool

1 September 2016 by Laura

Image of the Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

Dr Claire Jones of the University of Liverpool tells us more about a series of lectures this month at the Museum of Liverpool which explore the histories of helping others in a variety of settings both in Liverpool and beyond:

“Liverpool has long been a beacon for philanthropy and service to others. The wealth and squalor of the city in the 19th century, when great privilege and abject suffering existed side by side, meant there were always people who needed help and others with the resources to provide it. Through the 20th century to today, Liverpool and its people have continued to face challenges and develop strategies to meet them, often leading the way for the rest of the UK. Read more…

Galkoff’s – find out more and get involved!

31 August 2016 by Kay

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today – behind protective hoarding, courtesy of LSTM

We will be holding a public engagement event at the Museum of Liverpool on Sunday 18 September, 2pm, open to anyone who wants to discover more about the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project, provide feedback or register as a volunteer.

As you may know, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool recently received initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support us looking at two important heritage sites on LSTM’s campus – court housing and the former Galkoff’s butchers shop. Read more…

Selim Aga: African-born explorer

30 August 2016 by Zachary

Nupe gown from Bida collected by Selim Aga in about 1857 (

Nupe gown from Bida collected by Selim Aga in about 1857 (

After Liverpool Museum opened in its new building on William Brown Street in October 1860 (now World Museum), the first five African artefacts it acquired a month later were purchased from the African-born explorer Selim Aga. Aga acquired these five artefacts in the interior of Nigeria on the voyage of the Dayspring. You can find out more about Selim Aga and see the items he collected in our new Selim Aga online collection.

The Niger Expedition ship the Dayspring, built at Lairds in Birkenhead 1857.

The Niger Expedition ship the Dayspring, built at Lairds in Birkenhead 1857.

But the objects in this group only hint at Aga’s remarkable life as an explorer. Read more…

The making of the cityscape

30 August 2016 by Liz

I was honoured to be among the first people to see the astounding views from the Museum of Liverpool’s second floor windows. I visited the building when it was still a building site, and the windows hadn’t even been put in! I’d been working on plans of the galleries for years but this hadn’t prepared me for the beautiful views on a bright sunny day. It was literally breath-taking, my gasp was audible! Read more…

Helena Markson’s prints of Liverpool

26 August 2016 by Felicity

Helena with her Liverpool series of prints

Helena with her series of Liverpool prints

Helena Markson: A Sense of Place is a new display of prints at the Walker Art Gallery. The display coincides with the launch of a new book about Helena’s work, written by Emma Mason. In this blog, Emma tells us how she came across Helena’s work:

“Back in 2013 I received a phone call about printmaker Helena Markson (1934-2012). Irene, Helena’s sister was calling to say that Helena had died unexpectedly the year before and Irene was sorting out her studio and wanted our advice. I knew a little about Helena and we had some of her etchings in our gallery. As with many post war printmakers, Helena’s work had been overlooked in recent years and I was keen to find out more about her. Read more…

A friendship was forged and history was made.

24 August 2016 by Laura


St. Peter’s Church Hall stage

Sometimes there is no mistaking which objects belong in a museum’s collection. The object may not be particularly old. It needn’t be ornate or fragile. It might look to anyone else like a very ordinary thing. But if it tells a story, that’s interesting. If it tells a story which has repercussions across the world, that is very interesting. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Donal Moloney

19 August 2016 by Felicity

Cave Floor, 2015, Donal Moloney

Cave Floor, 2015, Donal Moloney

Donal Moloney was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Cave Floor’.

Donal’s intricate paintings contain fragments of images from a wide variety of sources creating a ‘kaleidoscope’ of glistening surfaces.

We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 23 August. Read more…

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