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Art of Activism – free cinema workshop

30 June 2017 by Stef

Join us on 15th July for Scalarama’s ‘I Want to be a Cinema’ workshop designed to support anyone interested in running their own film events

As we come to the final weeks of Art of Solidarity at the International Slavery Museum, an exhibition of vibrant Cuban posters from the 1960s and 70s showing solidarity with African liberation movements, we will be taking inspiration from these revolutionary Cuban poster artists to offer visitors the opportunity to participate in events that aim to further explore the capacity of art forms to be powerful tools of activism and a means to create dialogue.

Protest Through film

With DIY cinema projects such as volunteer- run Liverpool Small Cinema, Liverpool Radical Film Festival, exciting new film projects such as the Kinematic and Empty Spaces, as well as grassroots community ventures such as recent pop-up screenings with local filmmakers- including Sandi Hughes- as part of Granby Four Streets Market, it’s safe to say that our city already has an impressive legacy of DIY film programming. However, how does someone get started doing their own film screenings, licencing films or getting the word out about these types of events?

Sadly now closed, Liverpool Small Cinema was built and run entirely by volunteers.

Join us on 15th July to find out, as we welcome Scalarama for the ‘I Want to be a Cinema’ workshop, designed to support anyone interested in learning how to programme, license and promote their own film events, with advice and resources from experienced film programmers, including former programmers of Liverpool Small Cinema. Participants will also be offered the chance to be involved in Scalarama film festival this year by supporting a screening or hosting their own event in a community centre, local library, business, film club or even their garden!

With their manifesto that ‘Scalarama is by everyone, for everyone, everywhere, with DIY in its veins’, Scalarama aspire to fill UK cities with film throughout the month of September, providing an opportunity for anyone to get active in their communities, showcase the films that they would like to see and frame new discussion.

‘I Want to Be a Cinema’ workshop– 15 July 2017, 1-3pm, Anthony Walker Education Centre. We will be offering a tour of Art of Solidarity before this workshop at 12.30pm

International Slavery Museum will also be participating in Scalarama this year with a free screening of Selma in the Martin Luther King Jr building on 9th September 1pm, along with the chance to get hands on with a selection of civil rights objects from our Human Rights and Freedom Fights collection as well as the opportunity to view rare Black Panthers materials from our archive.

For the full programme of Scalarama events across all of our venues, click here.

Yentl and Liverpool’s Jewish community film stars

11 October 2016 by Kay

women in period costume by the Liverpool waterfront

Leonie Bracey, Susan Urding, Hilary Glassman and Hillary Swerdlow in costume ready to appear as extras in a scene from Yentl

Our Reel Stories exhibition celebrates and explores films that are undeniably Liverpudlian and those that feature Liverpool as a world film location.

Did you know that scenes in 1983 Hollywood blockbuster Yentl, directed by and starring Barbra Streisand, were filmed on board an Isle of Man ferry on the River Mersey? Local resident Michael Swerdlow has recently contacted us about Liverpool’s Jewish community’s connection to the film and their brush with fame.  Read more…

Liverpool in Cinema

20 July 2016 by Laura

Cinema illustration

Liverpool in Cinema

The Liverpool Small Cinema is hosting a two day programme of screenings and discussions this weekend, which ask us to think about Liverpool old and new through film. Read more…

Neither fame nor fortune – being a Liverpool film extra

29 June 2016 by Kay

Alison and Doris

Alison and her mum Doris in costume

Museum of Liverpool Curator, Sharon Brown tells us about her brushes with fame as a film extra in the city.

“My lovely Auntie Elsie worked at the Job Centre in Williamson Square and helped to recruit local people as film extras. This was how my best mate Alison and I appeared as extras in a number of films during the 1970s and 80s, including The Rutles.

‘The Rutles: All You Need is Cash’ was a parody of The Beatles, released in 1978. I remember filming at the Atlantic Tower hotel and the old Liverpool Airport, where we had to emulate screaming fans welcoming the band as they arrived.

Read more…

Last chance to see L8 Unseen

1 September 2015 by Andrew

Tommy Calderbank

A still of Tommy Calderbank from the film of his poetry reading

All good things must come to an end. Sunday 6 September  is your last chance to visit (or revisit) the L8 Unseen exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

Striking large-scale images taken by photographer Othello De’Souza-Hartley, sit alongside interactive displays that reveal the stories and experiences of a diverse range of people from the Liverpool 8 community.  Read more…

Mr. Turner, I presume!

30 October 2014 by Simon Breedon

The Wreck Buoy

‘The Wreck Buoy’ by JMW Turner

Mike Leigh’s new film ‘Mr. Turner’ is about to hit our screens and it’s fantastic that one of George Holt’s finest purchases is featured in the film; Turner’s mighty painting ‘The Wreck Buoy’.

This painting is currently on display in Tate Britain, for the ‘Late Turner – Painting Set Free’ exhibition, but it will be back at Sudley House in early 2015.  Read more…

Women living in eastern Congo: Mukonondo’s story

28 February 2014 by Felicity

Image of two Congolese women

Women for Women International support women affected by the conflict in eastern Congo

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Women for Women International will be holding a free talk at the International Slavery Museum about their work with the families and communities that have been devastated by the conflict in eastern Congo. They will also show a short film telling some of the stories of the women they serve.

Mukonondo is one of many women who has received help from the charity. She shares her journey with us here: Read more…

Concert for George

22 November 2012 by Lucy

Press Office Volunteer Louise Beard writes:


Next Thursday will be the 11th anniversary of Liverpool legend, George Harrison, passing away. To mark this event Concert for George will be shown in the new theatre at the Museum of Liverpool. The screening is particularly special because it’s the first event to take place in the theatre; the fact that the first event is a concert dedicated to one of Liverpool’s best loved musicians has lovely symmetry with the Museum of Liverpool’s commitment to reflecting the city’s global significance.  Read more…

Velociraptor: the film star dinosaur

19 October 2011 by Lisa

Our Age of the Dinosaur exhibition opens this Saturday 22 October and dino-excitement is reaching fever pitch at World Museum!

Curator and dino-expert Geoff Tresise has taken a breather to tell us about Velociraptor, one of the stars of the exhibition…


Animatronic velociraptor

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ brought dinosaurs back to life with impressive realism. It was also the film that made Velociraptor a star!  Tyrannosaurus was shown dismembering a goat and chasing after a jeep.  However, it was the much smaller raptors which unexpectedly proved to be the more dangerous. These raptors were shown as intelligent and inventive, very blood-thirsty and given to hunting in groups.  Read more…

The Pier Head Time Warp

10 October 2011 by Lucy

Image of gallery

The People’s Republic gallery, featuring the life size Liver Bird and scale model of the Pier Head. (c) Mark McNulty

The Museum of Liverpool is hosting a free family-friendly event in The People’s Republic gallery this weekend, working with artists collective Re-Dock to create a film to document the life of the Pier Head.

People of all ages are invited to the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday 15 October to get involved with an interactive filmmaking experiment aiming to create a film that mixes old and new footage of the Pier Head together, to create a looping video mix that will take the audience on a journey through time. Read more…



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