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Heritage Lottery Fund success for Galkoff’s project

18 July 2017 by Laura

Shop front

The Galkoff business opened around 1908, and the amazing tiles were added in 1933

Today, along with our partner Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), we are sharing the extremely exciting news that Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place has been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Thanks to National Lottery players £291,300 will support the next stage of the project which aims to protect and preserve the iconic tiled frontage of Galkoff’s and explore and the last remaining example of Liverpool court housing, situated nearby.

The gorgeous green tiles of Galkoff’s will be known to anyone who has lived or worked in the London Road area, or just passes through on that busy route into town. With the funding announcement today the project aims to carefully remove and conserve the historic tiles from the shop’s façade and recreate it within Museum of Liverpool, protecting it for future generations. We are also looking to use this great opportunity to work with Liverpool’s Jewish community, unlocking memories of Galkoff’s and build up a better picture of the city’s Jewish history.

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Illustration by artist Sophie Herxheimer

We have done really interesting work on this already but with further funding we look forward to digging deeper. (If you can offer support to this part of the project we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Poppy Learman: poppy.learman@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk).

A few doors down from Galkoff’s is a real treasure to anyone with a love of urban or social history. The very last remaining example of Liverpool’s court housing reveals much about the conditions which were so common in the city throughout the mid 19th century. As the other strand of the project, HLF funding will allow us to carry out work based on geophysical surveys and archaeological digs to uncover remnants of this courtyard and understand more about people’s lives there.

We couldn’t have got this far without our wonderful and enthusiastic team of volunteers who have already uncovered some amazing stories of roller skating Victorians and more. We think this once bustling, vibrant street can reveal even more secrets and we are delighted to have this opportunity to find and share them with new audiences.

Pembroke Place – read all about it!

13 December 2016 by Liz

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Today we have a guest blog from Lucy Kilfoyle, a researcher in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Lucy is leading a team of volunteers investigating historic newspapers as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

‘Tragic accidents, grisly murders, heart-rending tales of good people fallen upon hard times: what’s not to like? At first glance, historical newspapers are not exactly the most glamorous of places to find human interest stories from the past. Invariably, old papers and journals are dull and faded and unrelentingly uniform in appearance. The font is often minute and the text packed densely together. Until well into the late 19th century, pictures and graphics were few and far between. Read more…

And the winner is… Tramcar 245!

22 January 2016 by Sharon

people holding a 'Tram of the Year' sign by Tramcar 245

Keith Carmichael, Ron Martin and Rob Jones from MTPS and Sharon Brown from the Museum of Liverpool celebrate winning Tram of the Year

Hurrah! The Museum of Liverpool’s Tramcar 245 has been voted ‘Tram of the Year (Traditional)’ by the British Trams Online website.

We know its not the Oscars but this award, voted for by the public, is great recognition for the work done by the members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) on our wonderful tram.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran for six years and the majority of work was done by a group of dedicated volunteers from MTPS with support from the Museum of Liverpool and Wirral Borough Council.

Tramcar 245 received 41% of the vote, beating trams from Blackpool, Bury and London. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, your support is much appreciated.  Read more…

£1.2 million for the Lady Lever Art Gallery!

23 October 2014 by Laura

Group of people in gallery

Some of the Lady Lever team celebrating HLF news!

Hopefully you have heard that our plans to transform the South End of the Lady Lever Art Gallery with a major refurbishment and new contemporary displays has been given £1.2m backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)! Read more…

New plans for the Lady Lever

31 October 2013 by Laura

The rotunda in the south end of the gallery

The rotunda in the south end of the gallery will be refurbished.

We’ve just received the exciting news that the Lady Lever Art Gallery has got through the first round of funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more…



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