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Glittering accessories inspired by former Vogue model

15 October 2013 by Lisa

Ruby red crystal peacock ring

Ruby red crystal peacock ring

This month we are getting inspired by the glamour and beauty of the April Ashley exhibition at Museum of Liverpool. The former Vogue model and actress has a unique sense of style and was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery.

Her love of vibrant accessories has lead us to stock up on colourful cocktail rings and sparkling vintage-style pieces for the new exhibition range.

Everyone from independent fashion blogs to UK Vogue are getting excited about the rich reds and burgundies from the Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk shows and we can see why. Read more…

Black History Month is about the incredible impact of the Black diaspora on the world

11 October 2013 by Mitty

Elroy Josephz dancing

The story of influential dancer Elroy Josephz is explored in the exhibition ‘British dance: Black routes’. Image © Elroy Josephz archive, courtesy of Sue Lancaster and Steve Mulrooney

Black History Month, which we celebrate every October, is always a particularly busy time at the International Slavery Museum, and in the education team we are even busier! My untidy desk is proof of this.

Black History Month is great as it brings people to the museum who may not have had a chance to learn much about Black history before. Black history isn’t just about Transatlantic slavery but also the incredible impact people of the Black diaspora have had on the world.

Black heritage plays such an integral part in shaping Britain as we know it and I think that’s why it’s such an important month.

A part of me wishes that there wasn’t the need for Black History Month, that it could just be seen as part of British history. But with proposed plans recently (though these have now been revised) to take key Black historical figures from the national curriculum I think it’s ever more pressing that we celebrate October. Read more…

Rankin: “ALIVE was a journey of highs and lows. I’ve laughed and cried.”

4 October 2013 by Dickie

Photographer Rankin reflects on the ALIVE: In the Face of Death exhibition in our latest blog. The exhibition featured images and stories of people ‘running out of time’ and challenged our perceptions of life and death.

head and shoulders black and white photo of a man (rankin) staring at the camera

Rankin (copyright Rankin)

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Autumn Gifts

30 September 2013 by Karen Taylor

beasties egg cups

If you go down to the Walker  today you may be in for a surprise! The new autumn ceramics ranges, Beasties and Forest Friends have finally arrived in the gift shop.

As part of the merchandising team I go to trade fairs every year to look for new and exciting products for the gift shops in all our museums and galleries. In February this year we found the Beasties and Forest friends ranges and I instantly adored Beasties with it’s contemporary yet nostalgic, tweedy animals. Read more…

Stepping into a Magic World…

19 September 2013 by Felicity

Magic on film

The film crew capture Amber’s performance on camera

Ever watched a magic trick and had the feeling that, if you could only see it one more time, you’d know exactly how it was done? Well, I can promise that even after multiple viewings, figuring them out remains incredibly… tricky. Read more…

April Ashley Private View competition

19 September 2013 by Lucy

Image of April Ashley

April Ashley: portrait of a lady opens Friday 27 September

Next Friday 27 September, April Ashley: portrait of a lady will open to the public at the Museum of Liverpool, in partnership with Homotopia.

We’ve had a sneak peek and it’s looking absolutely amazing, and well worth a visit.

April’s story is one that has captured the interest of many, ever since she was ‘outed’ as transsexual in the Sunday papers over 50 years ago. Since then, her life has been front page news on numerous occasions, yet her irrepressible character has carried her through, making her a true inspiration for many people around the world.

April was born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, so it’s amazing that she’ll be returning to the city of her birth to see this exhibition dedicated to her life.

You could be there too to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, at a special Private View on Thursday 26 September! We have five pairs of tickets available to win, by answering the following question:

Where did April have her gender reassignment surgery?

Please send your answer along with your name and telephone number to press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

The deadline for entries is Monday 23 September at 5pm, and winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 September.

Good luck!

 

Merseystyle photography competition winners

18 September 2013 by Sam

people sitting at a table with coffee, looking at photos

The Merseystyle competition judges

Over the summer lots of people entered our Merseystyle photography competition. As exhibition curator Sharon Brown reports, choosing the winners was a tough job for our judges:

“The exhibition Merseystyle: Photographs by the Caravan Gallery has proved very popular since it opened in the Skylight Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool on 10 May 2013.

As part of the exhibition we ran a photography competition, open to all. We asked people to send in a photograph that reflected a unique and personal view of their neighbourhood in Liverpool or Wirral, using the Caravan Gallery’s unique style as a guide.

We received a fabulous 357 entries. But who would our five winners be? Read more…

New exhibition celebrating Black British dancers

6 September 2013 by Lucy Johnson

A dancer from the Jiving Lindy Hoppers performing at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

This week we have been taking down Oil Boom, Delta burns: photographs by George Osodi at the International Slavery Museum. It’s always sad to see a display close, but also a chance to put up an exciting, new exhibition! Read more…

Remaking the World: writing a new poem for ‘Telling Tales’

29 August 2013 by Angela

Monkey figure from telling tales exhibition

Here’s a blog from Liverpool-based poet, Eleanor Rees who has been collecting stories and tales from visitors to our ‘Telling Tales’ exhibition.

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New Brighton – mecca for photographers

19 August 2013 by Sam

photo of people on a beach, wearing warm clothing

‘New Brighton 1976′ © Martin Parr Magnum Photos

During a social evening on the opening weekend of Derby’s Format International Photography Festival a couple of years ago I mentioned in passing that I live in New Brighton. The reaction of one of my companions, one of the charismatic team behind Cardiff’s Third Floor Gallery, was fantastic – a shocked “You mean New Brighton is a real place?!”

In many ways New Brighton is no different from many other seaside towns. In its heyday it was a bustling resort with people outnumbering pebbles on the beach and in the outdoor pool. Those days are long gone though, leaving behind a funfair and an army of ice cream vans that have somehow clung on stubbornly through the quiet times. So far, so unremarkable. However New Brighton gained a degree of notoriety in the 1980s with the publication of Martin Parr’s ‘The Last Resort’. Controversial, in your face and unflinchingly honest, the book is now considered a classic. A mark of its influence is the number of photographers drawn to the top right corner of the Wirral to pay tribute, such as Peter Dench, who made the pilgrimage in 2011 on the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. His account The Last Resort Revisited perfectly describes the sense of nostalgia for the recent past that keeps photographers coming back.  Read more…

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