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Legacy of the miners’ strike – 30 years on

23 April 2014 by Kay

Collecting tin used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support CommitteeThis makeshift collecting tin was used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support Committee, Kirkby Unemployed Centre, to raise money for striking miners 1984-5.

Thousands of coal miners across the country started industrial action in March 1984 when the government announced their intention to close 20 coal mines, as well as the plan, in the long-term, to close over 70 pits. Mass walk-outs and strikes began, leading to clashes between miners and the police. Read more…

New display at Sudley House

5 March 2014 by Simon

The new display at Sudley House

The new display at Sudley House

Sudley House has a new display called Enigma: An Era of Wealth and Contradiction which was born from a collaboration between Mersey Care NHS Trust and The Artists Group (TAG). Enigma is the eighth Sudley project. It was devised and delivered by TAG artists Sue Williams and Steve Rooney, together with support from Dot Maloney. A creative writing aspect was developed by poet Pauline Rowe. Read more…

Processing clay tobacco pipes with the archaeology department!

27 February 2014 by Sam Rowe

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Emily working on the pipe collection

Here is a post from one of our volunteers on the Rainford’s Roots community archaeology project.  Emily spent time with the archaeology team archiving over 8,000 clay pipes; here she explains the stages of recording: Read more…

Tragic story of First World War soldier’s suicide

7 February 2014 by Kay

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February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans History Month. To help represent and celebrate the lives and achievements of Liverpool’s LGBT community we are highlighting this story of Private William Mason, a King’s Liverpool Regiment soldier who served in the First World War.

Aged just 19, William Mason committed suicide in July 1916. William, from Birkenhead, had enlisted the previous year in Liverpool. He is one of almost 80,000 soldiers listed on our Kings Regiment World War I database. The following information is taken from a Liverpool Echo article, Tuesday 18 July, 1916, featured on the database. Read more…

Our staff are Dementia Friends

7 February 2014 by Lucy

Group of NML staff

National Museums Liverpool staff are Dementia Friends

This week, staff at National Museums Liverpool have had the chance to take part in some really interesting awareness sessions in order to become Dementia Friends.

We’re the first national museums service to take part in the initiative, which is led by the Alzheimer’s Society. Those living with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community, so Dementia Friends sessions give participants an understanding of dementia and the small things people can do to make a difference.  Read more…

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

28 January 2014 by Louise

Picture of the lion dancers with the front end of the lion stood on a barrell while the laughing monk watches

See this spectacular dance performed at the Lady Lever!

New Year may seem a distant memory, but this Friday sees another round of festivities begin with Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Horse. Read more…

UK Disability History Month – Highlighting people’s stories in the Museum of Liverpool

25 November 2013 by Kay

UK Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month is celebrated every year 22nd November-22nd December.

The theme for this year is ‘Celebrating our Struggle for Independent Living: No Return to Institutions or Isolation’.

Objects and people’s stories on display in the Museum of Liverpool will be featured on this blog throughout the month to celebrate.

The first is Mary’s story, which is featured in the Growing Up and Growing Older section of The People’s Republic gallery.

Mary discusses her life as a blind person and the limited expectations other people have of disabled people. (This is a shortened version of what is on display).

“I was born at the Women’s Hospital in August 1950, three months premature. I grew up in Aigburth. It was considered advisable that disabled children should go to school, mostly residential schools early as it was felt that parents couldn’t properly meet their needs, and they would be better socialised. I started school aged three at St Vincent’s. Most of the children lived in. Very few went home each weekend, like me, as it was frowned upon. I was taught Braille. The education was pretty abysmal. Most paritally-sighted children leaving school went into factory or shop work. It was expected they would have children. Those of us without sight weren’t expected to have children or relationships. Read more…

Transgender Day of Remembrance

21 November 2013 by Kay

The wreath in the April Ashley: portrait of a lady exhibition

The wreath in the April Ashley: portrait of a lady exhibition

Yesterday, Wednesday 20th November, was Transgender Day of Remembrance. We laid a wreath in the ‘April Ashley: portrait of a lady‘ exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool to commemorate all those who have been murdered or taken their own lives because of transphobia.

Representatives from Armistead, Merseyside Police, Transforum, Homotopia and Trans-Chester joined visitors and staff in a minutes silence.
April herself suffered transphobia throughout her life, from family members, the media and also strangers in the street.
You can find out more about hate crime from members of the trans community and Merseyside Police in the exhibition.

Happy Durga Puja!

10 October 2013 by Louise

Picture of the hindu idols Mother Durga and Mahishasura

Mother Durga and the demon Mahishasura

Earlier this week, three Hindu idols which are traditionally used in the festival’s celebrations, were put on display in the atrium at the Museum, coinciding nicely with the beginning of Durga Puja. The idols were donated to us from the Bengali Association of Merseyside, who use statues like this every year during Durga Puja. Read more…

Rainford’s Roots – community archaeology events

18 July 2013 by Sam Rowe

woman with a display stand with lots of archaeology info and pictures

Kerry, Community Archaeology Trainee, at Rainford Summer Festival

The Rainford’s Roots project is very busy this month, running a number of events in Liverpool and Rainford as part of the Festival of Archaeology 2013, 13 to 28 July 2013.

Rainford’s Roots is a community archaeology project, run by the Merseyside Archaeological Society and National Museums Liverpool, to explore the industrial heritage of Rainford village near St Helens. The project aims to widen participation and dissemination of community archaeology in the region. Read more…