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Our advent calendar is going to the dogs!

30 November 2017 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

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…

National Museums Liverpool celebrates Museum Shop Sunday!

24 November 2017 by Eleanor Webster

world-museum-shop-sundayDid 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…

Santa Claus is coming to town!

16 November 2017 by Laura

People with santa statue

Blackler’s Santa in 2016 with Phil and Alexis Redmond and the creator, Peter Blazey. Image by Gareth Jones

The enormous glitzy tree of Liverpool One is flashing its love hearts above shoppers; the Christmas markets are settling into their new homes in corners of the city centre, and across Liverpool schools children are learning their lines for nativity plays. Read more…

100 days until Christmas parties start at National Museums Liverpool!

9 August 2017 by Eleanor Webster

world-museum-dancing-christmasCan you believe it’s August? With friends and family jetting off on exotic holidays and the parks full of children enjoying their summer break, it hardly seems like the right time to start talking about Christmas. But at National Museums Liverpool, we’re talking about Christmas all year round, whether it’s our innovative team of chefs planning next years festive dinners, or our award-winning events team sourcing decorations for our unique venues. But with only 100 days to go until our first all-inclusive festive party, the pace is really beginning to pick up. Read more…

Magical Meccano Christmas Window

19 December 2016 by Stacey

student-window-display-meccanoHugh Baird University Centre undergraduate designs Blackler’s Santa themed window for Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool’s shop has teamed up with the Hugh Baird University Centre to create a unique Christmas window display to celebrate the iconic Blackler’s Santa, currently on display in the Museum atrium.

First year undergraduates from the Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design – which is validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) – were tasked with a brief by the Museum’s retail team to create a visual display in its shop window. They were asked to reflect an iconic figure from Liverpool’s retail history, the giant Santa that used to stand at the centre of Blackler’s department store. Until its closure in 1988 Blackler’s was located on the corner of Elliot Street and Great Charlotte Street and was famous for its amazing Winter Wonderland Grottos which attracted more than 10,000 visitors a week. Read more…

Seasonal selfies with George the penguin

15 December 2016 by Andrew Bullock

George with the Jacks of Frost stilt walkersHave you met George the penguin at the Lady Lever Art Gallery? George is currently donning his festive garb and greeting our visitors throughout the Christmas period.

He loves to dress up and over the years has wowed visitors with many different costumes including an Olympic and a para Olympic athlete, St. George,  Frankenstein, the Easter Bunny, the Queen (for the Royal Wedding) and his latest costume, which is a Christmas Dickensian character.

George joined the Lady Lever team in 2010 when Phil Redmond bought him for the gallery at the Go Penguins Charity Auction. He was one of 132 penguins which were sold in aid of the World Wildlife Fund. Read more…

Memories of Blackler’s – free events at Museum of Liverpool

1 December 2016 by Laura

Large Santa model

Blackler’s Santa is on display until 30 December.

Anyone who has visited the Museum of Liverpool over the past couple of weeks could not fail to notice our giant new addition! The 18 foot Blackler’s Santa stands proudly in the Atrium and greets visitors with his jumbo smile. Read more…

Our advent calendar is full of festive felines!

30 November 2016 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

It’s that time of year again when we unveil National Museums Liverpool’s advent calendar. As always our Christmas elves (or curators, as they prefer to be known) have been working hard to find lots of treats, surprises and unusual stories to help entertain you in the build up to Christmas day.

This year’s advent calendar has a cat theme, with fabulous felines from our collections and exhibitions waiting for you to discover behind every door. Read more…

Deck the halls!

9 November 2016 by Stacey

red cream soft heart christmas decoration

Stately Home Heart Decoration, £5 available online and from Lady Lever Art Gallery

Three festive themes for decorating this Christmas!

Christmas is just around the corner and whether your decorations are going up now or you’re waiting until the last minute, you can’t deny it’s exciting choosing which bits and pieces you’re going to decorate the tree with. Many people choose their Christmas decorations based on the style of their home, or simply pick a Christmas theme or colour each year. Read more…

How to choose the purrrrfect Christmas card.

19 October 2016 by Stacey

card with black cats in snow

‘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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