14 December 2017 by Eleanor Webster
It’s never too late to fulfil to your dreams, just ask Audrey Wilson. A mother of three, a grandmother of nine and a great-grandmother of two, Audrey is also a first-time author at the age of 81.
Audrey was first inspired to ‘fulfil a long-held dream to write stories for children’, following a summer’s visit to New Brighton in 2015, with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter Sophie. It was on this day that Audrey was given the nickname of Nanna Strawberry, which subsequently became the subject of her first book: ‘The Magical Naming of Nanna Strawberry… and a visit to the seaside.’
This December, National Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories team will be delivering a special gift to people living with dementia across the North West.
Last week, dressed as Santa’s helpers, the team set up an ‘elves workshop’ to pack and wrap festive Memory boxes to send out to care homes and their residents. Read more…
6 December 2017 by Felicity
Last night we heard the wonderful news that Lubaina Himid is the winner of the Turner Prize 2017. We were thrilled to hear of her well-deserved win, having worked closely with the artist over a number of years.
Visitors might remember Lubaina’s Jelly Mould Pavilions that were displayed at Sudley House back in 2010, or perhaps you’ve seen her work on show as part of our current display, Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money. Read more…
6 December 2017 by Liz
If you’re travelling in to Liverpool via London Road, you might spot some activity around the old Galkoff’s Kosher butcher’s shop. As part of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project the beautiful green tiles from the building are being carefully removed by professional conservators, and will be cleaned and consolidated. Bringing the tiles indoors will ensure their long-term survival. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) now own the building, and are working with the Museum of Liverpool to preserve the tiles. LSTM are giving the tiles to the museum for their preservation in public ownership in the collections of National Museums Liverpool. The tiles will be mounted and displayed in the Museum of Liverpool from late 2018 for a minimum of five years. Read more…
The practical treatment of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory (1673) finished in August, marking the end of a year-long major conservation project, which you can track in my previous blog posts.
The dramatic history of the painting, including the cutting and removal of the central section of the Madonna and Child, meant that two pieces from the same artwork had separate histories, and thus visually aged differently.
Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place is a partnership project between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Museum of Liverpool. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, research has uncovered fascinating stories linked to this vibrant street from the 19th century to the present. The project focuses on two main heritage assets, Liverpool’s last surviving example of courtyard housing and P Galkoff’s kosher butchers shop. Today the shop’s distinctive green tiled façade represents a sole remnant of a once thriving Jewish community in this area.
In October 2017 the project team embarked on a research trip to Poland. They were joined by Lawrence Galkoff, the great-grandson of P Galkoff’s butchers shop owner Percy Galkoff. Read more…
With Christmas approaching it’s time for one of my favourite annual traditions – the unveiling of National Museums Liverpool’s free online advent calendar! Each year we ease you into the festive season with daily treats from our collections and displays, including a few surprises, incredible tales and fascinating facts along the way.
Last year’s advent calendar featured cats from our museums and galleries, so to restore balance to the universe, the theme for 2017 is dogs. Read more…
27 November 2017 by Chrissy Partheni
Travel through time, from prehistoric Crete and the Minoans to the Mycenaean palaces and tombs of the Peloponnese with our Ancient Greek collection. Through the stories of our diverse range of objects you can discover the different phases of Ancient Greek history, including the sanctuaries of Artemis Orthia in Sparta, Hellenistic Ephesus and even lands as far as the Roman Cyzicus (now in Turkey), as well as learning how the interactions of ancient Greeks with other cultures facilitated the development of new ideas.
24 November 2017 by Emma Riley
Earlier this month our House of Memories dementia awareness programme scooped an award at the Liverpool Older People’s Awards.
House of Memories received an award for the family and friends workshops which take place monthly at the Museum of Liverpool, and we are delighted that the programme was recognised in the Outstanding Older Person Initiative category.
The free workshops are open to anyone whose life has been touched by dementia. Read more…
24 November 2017 by Eleanor Webster
Did you know that it’s Museum Shop Sunday on 26 November? It’s the perfect opportunity to head down to one of the city’s museums or galleries to start ticking things off family and friends’ Christmas lists, and give something a little bit different this year, that can’t be found on the high street.
National Museums Liverpool’s venues across the city offer perfect gifts for a range of different interests; from nautical knickknacks in Merseyside Maritime Museum, to dinotastic toys in World Museum. Best of all, every purchase made in National Museums Liverpool’s shops support our museums and galleries! Take a look at our guide below to find out what’s available this Museum Shop Sunday to make sure you’re ready for the festive season. Read more…