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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 Lynn

Finding the perfect present!Here, Sarah Houghton, from our Development team, talks about finding a Christmas present for those tricky-to-buy-for friends and families.


 

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. 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…

Christmas shopping at Lady Lever Art Gallery

22 November 2013 by Karen Taylor

Christmas cards and gifts

 

It’s official, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived! The city centre has been decorated and the christmas CDs have been dusted off and are entertaining the christmas shoppers.

The festive season is an important time for retail and it takes alot of planning  to get our museum gift shops ready. Thankfully we don’t have to put together an advertising campaign that tugs at the heart strings of the nation but we still have to start preparing a year in advance. Read more…

Christmas time at Sudley House

13 December 2012 by Laura

Girl making Christmas decorations

Make your own deccies at Sudley House this weekend!

The frenzied shopping has reached fever pitch and don’t get me started on cheesy Christmas tunes on repeat. Sometimes the most ‘wonderful time of the year’ feels far from it!

Which is why festive celebrations at Sudley House on Saturday 15 December are going to be such a welcome treat!

Join in with free festive crafts, musical performances and you might even a meet the very talented Santa, who is taking a break from his busy schedule to show off his artistic skills. Read more…

Art the Herald Angels Sing!

4 December 2012 by Laura

Children's artwork

The great work produced in Big Art!

This weekend it is the exciting Winter Arts Market at St Georges Hall. This beautiful, vast space will be bursting with talented local crafts people selling their fab work. It’s a great place to pick up an unusual present or just get in the mood for Christmas!

If you’re feeling inspired by all the creativity and imagination taking place in the Hall then you should pop over to the Walker as we’re hosting a special Christmas weekend too. Read more…

Christmas dinner at sea

22 December 2010 by Sarah

Christmas Day menu 1895

Luncheon menu, White Star Line ship Gothic, 25th December 1895 (ref SAS/29/18/22)

At lunchtime on the 25th December I will be tucking into roast turkey and all the trimmings, especially cranberry sauce, the culinary highlight of the Christmas season.  If you were a first class passenger on the White Star Line ship Gothic on 25th December 1895 you would be enjoying the fare on this menu, part of the collections at the Maritime Archives & Library.  It’s a rather meat heavy menu, with a lot of mutton, but would have been considerably more varied than the food provided for the third class passengers. The Gothic was on a voyage from Plymouth to New Zealand and had left Table Bay, South Africa on the 20th December, so there would have been fresh food on board. Read more…

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