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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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An iCatching trip…

5 October 2016 by Stacey

Front cover of National Museums Liverpool Christmas BrochureMost people begin planning for Christmas around now, but for some – including National Museums Liverpool’s Trading and Events teams, it’s always on the agenda!

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Send our supa Christmas e-cards!

22 December 2015 by Sam

Christmas super hero illustration

Afro Supa® Santa

I love Christmas and I love counting down the days in December on our online advent calendar. However, as I tick off the days to Christmas, no matter how organised I’ve been and no matter how early I start my pressie shopping and card writing, I can never shake off that feeling at the back of my mind that I might have forgotten something or someone… There are just never enough hours in the day once you’ve opened that first box of mince pies and surrendered to the festive season.

Yesterday was the last posting date for sending Christmas cards first class in the UK post. But don’t worry if you haven’t written all your cards yet, for help is here – Afro Supa® Santa could save the day!

This very festive super hero is a special addition to our range of free Christmas e-cards for 2015. Not only does he bring Christmas cheer but also news of a fantastic exhibition for the New Year. Read more…

Our 2015 advent calendar

30 November 2015 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

One of my favourite Christmas traditions each year is the launch of the National Museums Liverpool advent calendar, so I’m thrilled to say that there’s just hours to go until you can open the first door.

Our theme for this year’s advent calendar is childhood and our Christmas elves (or curators, as they keep insisting that I call them) have really outdone themselves finding lots of fantastic surprises from our collections and displays for you to discover behind each door.  Read more…

A Christmas gift from 1914

15 December 2014 by Jen

Offer of WIlliam Galvin's framed tin (2) - blog size

Framed Princes Mary gift received in 1914 by Royal Navy Stoker, William Galvin. In the bottom right of the frame you can see a piece of shrapnel that fell on the deck of his ship the HMS Lion.

Once again, (and, as usual, far sooner than those of us who haven’t finished the shopping yet had expected), we are fast approaching Christmas. A season as much associated with ideas of peace and goodwill as with gift giving and good food. Christmas presents have become an inescapable part of the season, one which many people (or at least those who are very well organised) start to think about a couple of months in advance.

In October 1914 one young girl seems to have been doing exactly that and her Christmas list was certainly more ambitious than most! Princess Mary, the 17 year old daughter of King George V, decided she wanted to send a gift to:

“every sailor afloat and every soldier at the Front”

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Help with finding the right Christmas pressie

12 December 2014 by Sarah Houghton

Finding the perfect present!

I don’t know about you, but every Christmas, I rack my brains over what to get for those difficult to buy for friends and family.

There’s only so many pairs of Christmas socks and three-for-two gift sets you can get before you undertake new levels of increasingly random and frantic searches. I  find myself walking into those shops I usually avoid and scanning their displays hopefully or sidling up to websites, Read more…

New advent calendar for 2014

27 November 2014 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

It’s almost time to open the first door in our popular advent calendar. Our Christmas elves (or curators, as they prefer to be called) have been working hard to find some new surprises from our collections and displays to hide behind the doors for you.

As we have been marking the centenary of the First World War with a number of exhibitions and events throughout 2014, we decided to make this the theme for the content of this year’s advent calendar.

I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but there are some really fascinating objects hidden behind the doors, which give a glimpse of how the war affected everyday people. Read more…

Christmas e-cards

18 December 2013 by Sam

illustration of monkeys and dogs at a party

As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve been counting down the days on our lovely advent calendar, time is passing and Christmas is only a week away. It’s always the same, each year I say that next year I’m going to be organised, start my Christmas shopping in June and then enjoy a nice relaxed December. Hmm… Maybe 2014 could be the year that actually happens.

Today is the last day to send your cards by second class post in the UK, if you splash out on first class stamps then you’ve got until Friday. If these deadlines seem like impossible dreams to you the don’t worry, there is an alternative. Read more…

Top ten Christmas gifts

13 December 2013 by Lisa

Christmas mugs in shop display

Can you hear a distant rumble and clatter in the background as you walk down the high street?

No, it’s not Santa coming early with his sleigh and reindeer – it’s the sound of Christmas shoppers starting to descend on the city!

But there’s no need to panic and get carried along with the crowd to all the ‘usual shops’ – let us help you to find something a little bit different.

You can either browse in one of the shops at our museums or galleries, or put your feet up at home and check out our online shop instead.

Remember to order from our online shop by 18 December to make sure you get your goodies in time for Christmas!

To give you some ideas, here’s our list of top ten Christmas gifts for this year…

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Discover new surprises in our advent calendar

28 November 2013 by Sam

cartoon style illustration of a Christmas scene with Liverpool landmarks

Strictly speaking I don’t like mentioning Christmas until December, but this year I can’t help myself as I’m so excited about what’s in store behind the windows of the rather lovely National Museums Liverpool advent calendar.

As usual, the advent calendar will be featuring lots of different objects from our collections, however we have chosen a slightly different theme this year. Read more…

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