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Strong and resilient women in Poppies exhibition

31 July 2015 by Sam

curator placing a book in a display cabinet

Curator Karen O’Rourke installing objects in the exhibition, beneath a photo of Colonel Debbie Telford

Karen O’Rourke, the curator of the Museum of Liverpool’s latest exhibition, reflects on its first week:

“It’s been a week since our Poppies: Women and War exhibition opened at the Museum of Liverpool. Every new exhibition we stage involves lots of preparation and in the weeks before we open it’s pretty chaotic for the team; agreeing final designs, getting all of the right objects and people in the right place at the right time and making all of the last minute arrangements. Fortunately we have an amazing team, who are all fabulous at what they do.

I have one of the best jobs, which is that I get to watch the reaction of the visitors as they see the exhibition for the first time and this week I have spoken to lots of people who have all had positive things to say. Read more…

Continuing the Journey

23 July 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Photograph of Clint Agard, who contributed to the project

Clint Agard – project contributor

Continuing the Journey at the International Slavery Museum gives an insight into experiences of racism in Merseyside. Leila Romaya from Stray Cat Media tell us more about the project and how it developed…

” ‘Racism is a cancer on this earth’ said one contributor to the project, poet and urban griot Levi Tafari. Continuing the Journey provides a powerful platform that acknowledges the racism that people of African and Caribbean heritage have experienced and continue to experience.

The project’s aim was to give contributors a voice to share their often painful and traumatic experiences of racism through film, photography and audio recordings, as well as offering a wider platform for learning, discussion and debate so that we can work together towards a more cohesive, respectful and accepting future in which illogical racial and cultural stereotypes have no place in our lives.  Read more…

REALITY: “…a collection of my favourite contemporary British paintings”

14 July 2015 by Lisa

Chris Stevens in his studio.

Chris Stevens in his studio.

The REALITY exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery is now open and we’ve already had some brilliant feedback. Visitors have been tweeting about their experiences:

” #REALITY exhibition @walkergallery is a great testament to British artists.”

“‘Consulting the Oracle’ by Caroline Walker really moved me…”

If you’ve not yet been to see this varied exhibition of striking – and at times gritty – paintings, here’s an introduction to the show by curator and artist, Chris Stevens:  Read more…

Visions of Venice, a watercolour challenge?

9 July 2015 by Ann

Watercolour of a Venetian scene by Steven Hersey

Watercolour by Steven Hersey

Would you like to explore your creative side and spend a few hours painting with watercolours in the inspiring setting of the Lady Lever Art Gallery?

As part of our Picturing Venice exhibition free, event programme we have linked up with Wirral artist Steven Hersey to run watercolour workshops exploring painting composition and technique.  Read more…

Cunard 175: The ship that started it all

3 July 2015 by Jen

Model of PS Britannia

Model of PS Britannia. Accession number 33.97

If you’ve been in Liverpool over the last couple of months it will have been hard to miss the city’s excitement. Cunard, one of the world’s most famous shipping lines, is celebrating their 175th anniversary right here in their home city and, like everything Cunard does, they’re doing it in style. The Three Queens (Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2) made their magnificent entry to the city on 25 May, but Cunard’s beginnings 175 years ago were on a slightly smaller scale. Read more…

Get a Ticket to Ride at the Museum of Liverpool

15 June 2015 by Andrew

Visitors immerse themselves in the Ticket to Ride display.

Visitors immerse themselves in the Ticket to Ride display.

Ticket to Ride kicks off Mencap Liverpool’s Learning Disability Week events at the Museum of Liverpool.

Hailey Wood, Project Co-odinator at Mencap Liverpool comments on the interactive display in the first of a series of special blogs.

“Monday 15 June is an exciting day for everyone at Mencap Liverpool.

Ticket to Ride is an immersive, sensory experience that allows people to see, hear and feel what a journey is like from the perspective of another person. Read more…

Helping to mend broken lives

9 June 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Photograph of Jeeva Kumar

Modern slavery is a global issue and the International Slavery Museum works closely with organisations who campaign against these human rights abuses. Our next exhibition Broken Lives: slavery in modern India, developed in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network, will highlight the exploitation of India’s Dalit community. Jeeva Kumar, Director of Pratigya India, will be giving a talk at the museum during the opening weekend. Here Jeeva tells us more about her work to combat trafficking of girls and women in south India:

“Poised on the Uhuru peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, I savoured the moment of triumph, having overcome many obstacles to scale the peak. I was one of the 48 women who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of our movement’s initiative to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking all over the world. Uhuru in Swahili means ‘Freedom’ and the climb was a symbolic representation of overcoming the struggles faced by the oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked women and children, every day. Read more…

Picturing Venice: past, present and future

1 June 2015 by Lisa

Nicola at the Grand Canal in Venice.

Nicola at the Grand Canal in Venice.

The Venice Biennale is in full swing and Nicola Cunningham from our Exhibitions team was lucky enough to visit this exciting series of exhibitions during the preview week:  Read more…

Father and son lost in the Lusitania sinking

1 May 2015 by Ellie

old portrait photo

Mary Griffin, the eldest child of Michael Cooney senior and sister of Michael Cooney junior. Image courtesy of Joyce Percival

On 7 May we will mark the centenary of the sinking of RMS Lusitania when 1,191 men, women and children lost their lives.

Our new exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy remembers those people and highlights the strong ties between the ship, her crew, and Liverpool.

Whilst working on the exhibition I have been fortunate to become acquainted with many Lusitania relatives, and Joyce Percival has kindly agreed to share her family story with us:

“My great grandfather Michael Cooney was born in Liverpool to Irish immigrants Peter and Margaret Cooney from Limerick. Michael and his son, also called Michael, were both killed when the Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915 off the coast of Ireland. Read more…

Spotted! That’s me in the photo – 30 years on

20 April 2015 by Kay

two women in front of a huge photo

Vivian with her daughter in front of the photograph of her (right)

Vivian Walcott was recently very surprised to see herself as a 10 year old in the L8 Unseen exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool – especially as she doesn’t remember the event or the photograph being taken!

The picture, of a street party for the L8 Mandela Freedom Festival in 1988, shows Vivian with her friend, Tito Cooper.

She lived in Magdela Street at the time – where her mum, a well-known member of the community still lives, and fondly remembers the tight knit L8 community growing up. Read more…

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