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Rare photos of Cunard Building on its centenary

1 July 2016 by Sarah

Foundations of Cunard building, dated 28 July 1913. Credit: Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum)

Foundations of Cunard building, dated 28 July 1913. Credit: Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum)

On Saturday, Cunard is celebrating the centenary of its former Liverpool headquarters – the iconic Cunard Building on the city’s world famous waterfront. Did you know that in our Maritime and Archives Library, we have some very rare images of the building under construction 100 years ago? Anne Gleave, Curator of Photographic Collections, Merseyside Maritime Museum tells us more: Read more…

Commemorating the first day of the Somme

1 July 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

monument with wreaths of poppies

A memorial to the Liverpool and Manchester Pals in Montauban village commemorates their actions on 1 July

In my previous blog I described how the first day of the Somme on 1 July 1916 was a disaster for the Allies, and I could write an entire article about contributing factors, such as the inadequate reconnaissance, the wrong types of ordnance, the tactical mistakes etc. Instead I want to talk about the contribution of the King’s Liverpool Regiment on the day.

The Liverpool Pals (17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Battalions of the King’s Regiment) had formed in the early months of the First World War. They arrived at the Western Front in November 1915, and although they had been involved in some small skirmishes, this was to be their baptism of fire. Read more…

Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge with Sky Arts

1 July 2016 by Felicity

One of the paintings in the Walker's display of animal art is a copy, but which one?!

One of the paintings in the Walker’s display of animal and sporting art is a copy, but which one?!

Do you have an eye for detail? Could you spot something amiss in a masterpiece? We’re working with Sky Arts on an exciting new television series. Throughout July, people of all ages and experience are invited to use their detective skills to spot seven copies hiding in plain sight on the walls of six galleries across the UK, including the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery. All seven displays will also be available for investigation online as part of a national competition: skyartsfake.com Read more…

The centenary of the Somme battles

30 June 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

old photo of a young man in uniform

Portrait photograph postcard of Private Harry Grace, King’s Regiment. Written on the reverse, ‘Signaller Harry Grace, Killed in France 1st July 1916, 18th Service K.L.R. “Pals” (2nd Batt).’ Private Harry Grace was a scoutmaster and prominent member of Richmond Baptist Youth Group. He was 19 when he was killed by a shell at the Somme.

One hundred years ago this week, on 1 July 1916, British Forces suffered their worst casualties ever in one single day. Communities all over Britain will come together on Friday 1 July to commemorate the anniversary of what is often called, ‘the bloodiest day in British military history’. At the Museum of Liverpool our latest exhibition First World War: Charity and Liverpool’s Home Front, looks at some of the organisations that were instrumental in helping both the casualties who came home from the war, and also the families of the men who did not.

That first day of the Somme saw 19,240 British men killed in action, a further 40,000 were wounded or taken prisoner. The British front line stretched from Gommecourt to Maricourt – around 18 miles of trenches. South of Maricourt, the French Army held the line. The battle was a tactical one, meant to divert German troops from a much larger battle, being fought against the French further east at Verdun.  Read more…

Social Media Day

30 June 2016 by Lisa Middleton

MOL twitter screenshotDid you know it’s Social Media Day today (Thursday 30 June)?

Social media is a great way for our museums and galleries to connect with visitors with fun facts, behind the scenes previews and exciting videos.

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Is the age of the superhero dead?

29 June 2016 by Alison

Comic Con Batman

Image courtesy of MCM Expo Group

Ever since Jon Daniel’s Afro Supa® Hero exhibition opened in May, I’ve been fascinated by some in the media questioning whether the age of the superhero is dead.

In a recent Guardian interview with Roland Emmerich, the German Film Director made his views on the subject clear: Read more…

Neither fame nor fortune – being a Liverpool film extra

29 June 2016 by Kay

Alison and Doris

Alison and her mum Doris in costume

Museum of Liverpool Curator, Sharon Brown tells us about her brushes with fame as a film extra in the city.

“My lovely Auntie Elsie worked at the Job Centre in Williamson Square and helped to recruit local people as film extras. This was how my best mate Alison and I appeared as extras in a number of films during the 1970s and 80s, including The Rutles.

‘The Rutles: All You Need is Cash’ was a parody of The Beatles, released in 1978. I remember filming at the Atlantic Tower hotel and the old Liverpool Airport, where we had to emulate screaming fans welcoming the band as they arrived.

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World Refugee Day & Week

20 June 2016 by Sarah

Totes and Tamsin 1 boy on bike

Dunkirk Refugee Camp image from Tamsin Koumis

Refugee Week (20-26 June) begins today, on World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. We’re marking this at the Museum with a roundtable on 22 June followed by a choir performance by Migrant artists Mutual aid (MaMa). We also have free, family craft sessions about Refugee WeekRead more…

Picasso linocuts preview evening

17 June 2016 by Ann

Artwork from the Picasso poster campaign

Artwork from the Picasso poster campaign

Join us at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Wednesday 22 June from 5pm for an exclusive opportunity to view Picasso linocuts, ground-breaking prints on loan to the Gallery from the British Museum, before the exhibition opens to the public on Friday 24 June 2016.

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New Planetarium shows are out of this world!

16 June 2016 by Andrew

New Planetarium shows are out of this world!

New Planetarium shows are out of this world!

World Museum’s Planetarium launches a brand new programme of shows beginning on Monday 20 June.

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