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Telling her story – Melanie Robson

26 July 2018 by Kay

Within the Tales from the city exhibition we have a special display case which enables us to tell different people’s stories through objects that are meaningful to them.

Our current display features items kindly loaned by Melanie Robson. Melanie is a retired teacher who lives in Bootle. Her precious items represent her life as a transwoman. Read more…

Behind the Scenes at Brazilica

11 July 2018 by Sarah

International Slavery Museum Young Ambassador, Lois South, had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Liverpool Carnival Company and interview their Director Maeve Morris. Find out more about Lois’ experience here:

“Upon entering The Old Library on Lodge Lane, I was hit by a whirlwind of feathers, sequins and, of course, glitter! The once unused space has been transformed into what I can only describe as a factory of wonders, where founders Maeve and Roger Morris, churn out costumes and floats in every conceivable colour, with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers.

“As a young ambassador for International Slavery Museum, I was able to get a chance to sit down with Maeve, to find out about her exciting life experiences which led her and her partner Roger to create the now iconic Brazilica Festival, back in 2008. This fantastic 3-day annual festival continues to bring all the amazing aspects of Brazilian culture to Liverpool – and yes, that does include the food!

International Slavery Museum Ambassador, Lois, with one of Maeve’s favourite headdresses

“While we were at the library, Maeve also gave us the inside scoop on the inner workings of Brazilica. I was able to have a closer look at the fabulous floats and displays that she and Roger had been building, along with their hardworking volunteers. The initial sight of feathers, glitter and sequins didn’t do any of their creations true justice. Maeve and Roger were extremely humble about their extraordinary achievement, in putting together the carnival.

“When I asked how long it took to create the Poseidon float, Roger merely shrugged and casually said “six weeks and five people”, as if this magnificent display of artwork and craftsmanship towering over me in all of its splendour was just light work.”

“From the bejewelled headdresses to the medusa float- it really was a sight to behold. As a non-native of Liverpool, who was previously unaware of Brazilica, I can safely say that I’ve been missing out.

“Our interview with Maeve is part of a series of interviews conducted for National Museums Liverpool’s Sankofa project and the ‘Seeds of Change’ Zine that myself and artist Seleena Daye have been working on about the incredible lives and works of 5 Liverpool women with the ability to inspire activism. I had the fantastic opportunity to learn how to record oral testimonies when we met Maeve, working alongside an incredible team including Seleena Daye (Artist), Christine Holt (Oral Historian), Stef Bradley (Education Manager) & Claire Stringer (Visual Minute Taker), to record our meeting with Maeve for the Sankofa Project.

An amazing feathered headpiece

“Whilst listening to the interviews I had a chance to reflect on what Sankofa means to me. The project not only explores Liverpool’s Black history, it also helps to provide a more well-rounded picture of the oldest Black community in England. A community which Maeve and Roger celebrate and bring together through their carnival and samba school. The ‘Seeds of Change’ Zine also aims to show that there many different ways to be active in your community. Activism isn’t just standing around with placards. Maeve actively works to bring Brazilian culture to everyone in Liverpool, young or old, male or female.

“This year, it’s more important than ever to reflect on the inspirational women in our communities. Whilst 2018, marks 100 Years since Women rightly gained the Right to Vote in the UK, it is important to consider the women in today’s world who will go on to progress the cause of women’s rights and take up space, both close to home and around the world. The fantastic work that Maeve does, could itself have a century-long legacy – and hopefully, Brazillica will still be going strong in 2118!”

Visual minutes of Maeve’s interview created by artist Claire Stringer (morethanminutes.co.uk)

About The Author

Lois is studying History at Liverpool John Moores University. She is a Young Ambassador for the International Slavery Museum and is currently working together with artist Seleena Daye to create a zine for the Sankofa project highlighting women activists in Liverpool. Lois is also a keen blogger on a variety of topic from carnivals to strange histories. You can check out more of her work at her blog The New Weird.

Our Sankofa ‘Seeds of Change’ zine will be available on International Slavery Remembrance Day this year so drop by International Slavery Museum then to find out more about the Sankofa project from our Sankofa team, Lois and project artist Seleena Daye. You can pick up a copy of the zine too!

Teens takeover Port Sunlight!

28 June 2018 by Ann

Kids in museums takeover day

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.  This year the pupils of Bolton School, from art gallery founder William Hesketh Lever’s hometown in Lancashire will takeover the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Sunday 1 July.

Students from year groups across the school have planned a day of music, drama, craft and creative celebration as part of their ongoing Leverhulme Festival.

Read more…

‘Frontstage and backstage at the Magic Clock, Easter lunchtime 1969’

12 March 2018 by Kay

pub in a city street

The Magic Clock, Roe Street, 1968. Courtesy of Liverpool Record Office, Liverpool Libraries.

Dr Jo Stanley, creative historian, made a textile artwork of the interior of the Magic Clock pub, Roe Street, Liverpool, especially for our Tales from the city exhibition. Jo, originally from Crosby, was a barmaid at the pub, over Christmas 1968 and Easter 1969, in vacations from teacher training college.

The Magic Clock was popular with gay men. It was situated in Liverpool’s original ‘gay quarter’ around Queen Square. Read more…

A proposal with Pride!

2 March 2018 by Kay

Navy uniform hat, paper flowers and wedding photo in museum display case

Navy uniform hat, paper flowers and wedding photo in museum display case

We have recently added some fantastic new items to our community case in the Tales from the city exhibition. This case enables us to reveal LGBT+ stories not represented in the exhibition, which people contact us about and would like to share.

The items were very kindly loaned by Emma and Ann Miller-McCaffrey and tell the story of their relationship.  Read more…

The Pansy Project – OUTing the past

24 January 2018 by Kay

two men at a flower bed, one in police uniform

Paul Harfleet planting pansies in St John’s Gardens, Liverpool with a representative of Merseyside Police © Paul Harfleet

Our sixth blog post in the run up to our exciting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February, is from Paul Harfleet.

Paul is an artist who plants pansies at the sites of homophobia, including here in Liverpool, as part of The Pansy Project.

He tells us more –

“I began The Pansy Project 13 years ago in Manchester, since then I have travelled the world planting pansies at the sites of homophobia; from London, Liverpool, Paris, Istanbul and New York. Each pansy is documented in its location and then added to my website. This anecdotal geography of homophobia creates a fascinating narrative through the experience of homophobia. Read more…

Liverpool Pride – The inside story

17 January 2018 by Kay

Mayor leading crowds at the Liverpool Pride march

Liverpool Pride 2010 © Jeb Smith

Our fourth blog post instalment for OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February 2018, is from Joan Burnett.

Joan, a trustee of Liverpool Pride, will be presenting ‘Liverpool Pride: A Local Protest, An International Message’.

She tells us more –

“My talk shows the development of Liverpool Pride from a protest from grass roots reaction to a local hate crime, to a large scale public event that has become part of a city’s cultural calendar and which has consistently uses Liverpool’s status as an internationally renowned city to raise awareness of LGBT+ human rights.”

Read more…

Same-sex desire and National Service – OUTing the Past

10 January 2018 by Kay

two men in army uniform, sat together on a bed

National Servicemen in the Army: R D Clarke, a national service recruit cleaning his boots at the Royal Army Ordnance Depot at Blackdown, Aldershot. © Imperial War Museum

Our second blog post in the run up to our exciting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, here at the Museum of Liverpool, 3 February, is from Dr Emma Vickers.

Emma, who is senior lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University, will be examining the relationship between same-sex desire and National Service in post-war Britain.

She tells us more –

“My paper will explore attitudes towards same-sex desire in the context of the indiscriminate recruitment of young men and a dwindling supply of regular personnel. It will also consider the wider significance of the discussions that officials were engaged in for what they tell us about post-war Britain and understandings of same-sex desire”.

The full programme for the day can be seen here.

Read more…

Galkoff’s tiles saved!

6 December 2017 by Liz

Shop front

The gorgeous green Galkoff tiles were added in 1933.

If you’re travelling in to Liverpool via London Road, you might spot some activity around the old Galkoff’s Kosher butcher’s shop. As part of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project the beautiful green tiles from the building are being carefully removed by professional conservators, and will be cleaned and consolidated. Bringing the tiles indoors will ensure their long-term survival. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) now own the building, and are working with the Museum of Liverpool to preserve the tiles. LSTM are giving the tiles to the museum for their preservation in public ownership in the collections of National Museums Liverpool. The tiles will be mounted and displayed in the Museum of Liverpool from late 2018 for a minimum of five years. Read more…

House of Memories’ 5th birthday!

21 September 2017 by Emma Riley

Last week we celebrated House of Memories’ 5th birthday!

We’re delighted that our dementia awareness programme has been running for over five years. During this time we’ve trained over 11,500 paid and family carers across the UK to help people to live well with dementia.

To celebrate we held a birthday party at the Museum of Liverpool – a special celebration afternoon for carers who have taken part in House of Memories, and their VIPS (the people they care for living with dementia). Read more…



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