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Get festive this Christmas at National Museums Liverpool

13 December 2018 by Megan

Tis the season to be jolly and here at National Museums Liverpool we have a whole host of festive activities that’ll appeal to everyone.

Santa is back at the Museum of Liverpool. The giant Blacklers Santa is on display in the Atrium for all visitors to see. Once you’ve seen Santa and told him your Christmas list for this year, head up and see the Education team who are showing how Christmas was celebrated over 1,000 years ago. Find out some of the ancient and interesting roots of many Christmas traditions.

Over on the Wirral at the Lady Lever Art Gallery we have a wonderful exhibition celebrating a unique, artistic partnership between illustrator Quentin Blake and children’s author John Yeoman, this exhibition will showcase more than 40 Quentin Blake works, including the beautiful illustrations featured in Yeoman’s magical storybooks.

If you’re in the city centre and would like some stories, the Walker Art Gallery have them. Once upon a time… In a magical place called Big Art, tales of wondrous lands, enchanted kingdoms and mythical characters can be found. Come along for fairy tales, traditional stories and family favourites.

Many Christmas traditions as we know them today were invented by the Victorians. Join the staff at Sudley House for an afternoon of Victorian themed Christmas crafts (15 December) and activities, including making your own Victorian Christmas card to take away or send to a loved one.

Get creative at the Merseyside Maritime Museum with some crafts. Make and decorate your own crafts using the collections for inspiration.

Heading into the New Year we are making badges at Seized! Get thinking of that New Year’s resolution, dream or goal and design your own badge to take away with you (28 & 29 December).

Our delicious range of festive savouries and cakes are back by popular demand for 2018! Fans of our freshly-made sandwiches, rolls and paninis will be keen to try our Christmas creations this year,

Find the perfect Christmas gift online or in venues, with a wide variety of coasters, prints, mugs and nostalgia gifts to suit everybody.

Every purchase supports National Museums Liverpool.

Find out more about Christmas at National Museums Liverpool here

 

Vote for women in our advent calendar!

29 November 2018 by Sam

illustration of a wintery scene including Liverpool landmarks

Each December we count down the days to Christmas with the National Museums Liverpool advent calendar. There’s a different surprise from our collections and exhibitions behind each door, with a new theme each year. Throughout 2018 we have been involved with a number of special events in our museums and across the city of Liverpool to mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women over the age of 30 the right to vote for the first time. So to celebrate the end of this significant year, we felt that a fitting theme for this year’s advent calendar would be women.

Naturally, I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises hidden behind the doors on the advent calendar, but I can tell you that there are some remarkable stories of a variety of pioneering women from across the ages, including scientists, artists and trailblazers, both from Liverpool and further afield. There will be names that you know and some that you are less familiar with, including a few surprises from our stores and archives which are not usually on display.

So don’t forget to open our advent calendar at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/advent each day from 1 to 24 December.

If you can’t wait until December to find out about some of the inspiring women in our collections, then you can always visit the Taking liberties: women’s suffrage in Liverpool display at the Museum of Liverpool (don’t worry – it doesn’t contain any spoilers, we have plenty of other great stories to share with you!) Or take a look at the Christmas pages on our website for details of our free events, opening hours over the holidays, Christmas dining, gift ideas and more to get you in the festive spirit.

A Wesołych Świąt stranded in the Suez Canal

22 December 2017 by Jen

Large Wooden Christmas Tree floating beside two small boats.

Christmas tree created by Polish seafarers from the Djakarta.  Photograph courtesy of George Wharton.

Christmas on a ship, somewhere hot and sunny, with not a lot to do. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? Let’s be honest, after weeks of Christmas preparations (which can make the holiday seem like an awful lot of work) who hasn’t nurtured a secret desire to do it all differently one year and sail off in to the sun?

The Suez Canal however is perhaps not the first place that springs to mind as a Christmas getaway. The Canal is a manmade waterway built in Egypt in the 19th century, an important trade route linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas. In June 1967 years of political tension between Egypt and Israel erupted in what would become known as the Six Day War. Faced with Israeli occupation of the east bank of the Canal, Egypt blocked both ends. Passenger ships in the canal had been allowed to leave but orders were for the cargo vessels to stay put. This left a group of 14 ships stranded in the Great Bitter Lake area of the canal, where they would remain, trapped by obstacles both physical and political, for a further eight years. Read more…

Author Audrey Wilson visits World Museum

14 December 2017 by Eleanor Webster

nanna-strawberry-book-visits-world-museum

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.’

Read more…

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…



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