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Five reasons to celebrate Picasso’s 135th birthday!

25 October 2016 by Laura

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Picasso and Jaqueline © Forget, Patrick SAGAPHOTO.COM Alamy Stock Photo

It was on this day 135 years ago that Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. A prodigious artist from the start, he went on to become the most influential European artist of the 20th Century.

So, in honour of the great man’s big day, here are five reasons why Picasso is still an artistic force to be reckoned with. Read more…

Focus on: ‘Sunday morning’ by Alma-Tadema

21 October 2016 by Simon Birtall

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Sunday Morning, Alma-Tadema

With the recent rediscovery of a ‘lost’ work by Dutch artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow it brought to mind another overlooked treasure by Alma-Tadema. Read more…

Photos from Slavery Remembrance Day 2016

21 October 2016 by Sarah

Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum and Akala on the steps of the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr building.

Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum and Akala on the steps of the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr building. Courtesy of Dave Jones Photography

Almost 9,000 of you visited the International Slavery Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, in the week of Slavery Remembrance Day this year. Read more…

Liverpool Ghost Stories wanted for The Ghost Portal

20 October 2016 by Laura

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Still image from ‘Time You Need’, 2015 © Sarah Sparkes

In this guest blog artist, Sarah Sparkes, tell us how you can get involved in her latest project.


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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Sneh Mehta

20 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Sneh Mehta standing next to her work 'Him & Her'

Sneh Mehta standing next to her painting ‘Him & Her’

Sneh Mehta was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Him & Her’.

Mehta’s acrylic painting shows two heads whose features are bound and hidden, creating a stifling effect.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 25th October

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How to choose the purrrrfect Christmas card.

19 October 2016 by Stacey

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‘A Black Cat Holiday’ Card

Okay so it’s mid-October but, in my opinion, this is the month when it starts to feel like winter again, with darker nights and colder mornings.

Most people are thinking about Halloween and Bonfire Night, but I’m already making my Christmas list! I love organising what I’m going to give to my friends and family, and one of the first things I do is purchase my Christmas cards. Choosing cards for your friends and family can sometimes be difficult with so many styles and options. I always like to pick designs which I think they will personally like. There are plenty of cards available from National Museums Liverpool, so I make sure our Merchandising and Buying team point me in the right direction. Here is their guide to help you to choose something for each person.

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Free family fun at National Museums Liverpool this half-term

18 October 2016 by Megan

skeleton-blogAre you in for a trick or treat this Halloween at National Museums Liverpool? There is an exciting line up of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy across the museums and galleries this half-term. Join in with spooky lanterns, ghost stories, skeletons and Day of the Dead celebrations. Read more…

Somme centenary: the Battle of Le Transloy

18 October 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

portrait photo of a soldier in uniform

Victoria Cross Winner David Jones was killed on 7 October 1916, before he could receive his award.

The Battle for Guillemont stalled the left flank of the British Army for six weeks in the summer of 1916. September saw a renewed push forward and by the end of the month, the Allies controlled the ground as far as Les Boefs and Gueudecourt.

The War led to tactical and technological advances on both sides and German commanders employed a new tactic, deploying machine guns using existing terrain as cover rather than fixed within their trench system. This strategy enabled them to hold ground with their already depleted forces. As the Allies advanced towards the ridge at Le Transloy, they would soon find out how effective this tactic would be.  Read more…

“How did the ship get into the bottle?!”

17 October 2016 by Rebecca

'Leader' model sailing ship in a bottle

As a child I first came across ships in bottles at my late uncle’s house. He used to make them and I remember being fascinated about how the ship ended up in the bottle. Now as Curator of the ship models collection, the Museum’s ships in bottles still evokes the same fascination and intrigue.

The maritime art of making ships in bottles can be traced back as early as the 18th century. Read more…

Anti-Slavery Day and the #JustTell10 Campaign

17 October 2016 by Sarah

Courtesy of Dalit Freedom Network

Courtesy of Dalit Freedom Network

Ahead of Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), author David Skivington tells us in the blog why he’s using his new novel, ‘Blessed, Bound and Broken’ and the #JustTell10 campaign, to raise awareness of the Jogini system in which Dalit women and girls are forced into ritual sex slavery today, in modern India. This is explored in our current exhibition, Broken Lives,  in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network. David writes: Read more…



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