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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!

 

Autumn in the Museum

18 September 2013 by Ashley Cooke

Image of both sides of a copper token.

1796 copper token, accession no. 1968.219.160

Here’s a post from Ben Jones, our Numismatics Documentation Assistant:

“To Keats it was a ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, but for us so far it has been a season of uncommon warmth followed by freak hailstorms! With the the various harvest festivals fast approaching here is an image of agricultural bounty to celebrate the spirit of Autumn. Read more…

Celebrate Liverpool’s heritage!

11 September 2013 by Louise

Picture of Sudley House

Take a grand tour of Sudley’s grounds

Every September sees hundreds of historic cultural venues open to the public for Heritage Open Days and here at the museums, we’re extending our celebration of the Liverpool’s heritage with activities and events taking place throughout September. Read more…

We’re on Pinterest!

22 August 2013 by Louise

Painting of lots of small handles

‘Handles’ by Lisa Milroy

Lovers of Pinterest will be pleased to know that you can now find the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House on there! For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s an online collection of ‘pin boards’ where you can collect and organise pictures from the web by ‘pinning’ them onto themed boards. To make this nice and easy, Pinterest provide a bookmarklet that you drag and drop onto your browser, you then click this to pin a picture to one of your boards. This ‘pin’ is a link back to where the picture has come from. This means you can find out more about the picture or search for others.  Read more…

First wedding

15 July 2013 by Kay

 Phil & Ann's Wedding July 1960

Have you ever wondered who the first couple to be married in the crypt, the only part of Sir Edwin Lutyen’s design for Liverpool’s Catholic Cathedral that was ever built, were?

It was Phil and Ann Fanning in 1960, a fact of which they were both very proud.

One of their bridesmaids, Liz (Phil’s sister, aged 11), remembers that the dresses were made of white nylon, patterned with blue flowers. In the 1970’s Ann and Phil moved to Hong Kong with their two sons where they spent 12 years. Read more…

New display at Sudley

16 April 2013 by Louise

New display at Sudley

Mansions and Merchants

‘Mansions and Merchants’ is a small display upstairs in Sudley which is inspired by Liverpool’s maritime history and rich heritage of fine houses and landscapes. The display is a series of foam-board structures which act as plinths to display artwork and objects. Maps then lie at the base of each piece of art reminding us of where the inspiration for the art work comes from.

The project behind the display is a partnership with the Mersey Care NHS Early Interventions Team. Artists worked alongside participants in Sudley’s Learning Suite which, I imagine, is the ideal place to set up studio for some creative work, being set in such a secluded and beautiful location! Read more…

By George, a new festival!

16 April 2013 by Louise

Child doing crafts

We’ll have lots of craft activities

Legend has it that St George saved a princess who was to be fed to a dragon that terrorised a village. Now, we can’t promise a real life dragon, but there will be plenty of medieval themed fun at Liverpool’s St George’s Day festival (the first of its kind!) on Sunday 21 April.

Children’s TV star, Mike the Knight will kick off the day at 11am when he’ll meet a special dragon at St George’s plateau. The Plantagenet Medieval Society will also be recreating the pageantry, excitement and action of medieval combat along with courtly dancing and music. Read more…

Easter 1945 – a time of austerity

28 March 2013 by Anne

old photo pf a shop window display

There are 195,445 photographs in the Stewart Bale collection and this is one of them; a window display for Easter 1945 in the former department store Owen Owen on Clayton Square, Liverpool, which was commissioned by Owen Owen Ltd, April 1945.

I’m guessing that the passer-by’s attention was supposed to be grabbed by the words ‘Easter Harvest’ in large rustic letters in each of the three windows, hopefully to draw them closer to investigate and read the explanatory text panels about this strange phenomenon (how could harvest be at  Easter! But wait a minute…) Read more…

Remembering SS Ceramic – lost 70-years-ago today

6 December 2012 by Dickie

photo of a ship

Liverpool liner SS Ceramic sunk on 6 December 1942.

At first families back home in Liverpool were oblivious to the horror that had befallen their loved ones.

On November 23 1942 my grandmother watched from Crosby beach as Liverpool liner SS Ceramic left the River Mersey. Her husband Fred was aboard working as a steward. Clutching her three-month-old baby, Annie Felton waved the ship off, unaware that this would be the very final farewell.
 
The 18,400 ton Ceramic was launched in 1912 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. She was the first ship built by White Star Line after Titanic and spent her years sailing the Liverpool to Australia route. Read more…

The Turner Brothers

21 March 2012 by Lucy

This is our second blog post in a series leading up to our World War One Family History Day at the Museum of Liverpool this Saturday, 24 March. Today, we look at the story of the Turner Brothers, William and Fred.

Soldiers from the Liverpool Scottish Battalion

William and Fred Turner signed up as Officers to the Liverpool Scottish Battalion. William can be seen here on the far right.

Lieutenants William and Fred Turner were born in Ullet Road, Liverpool, to parents Jessie and William. Both attended the local Greenbank School, and went on to become successful sportsmen in cricket, rugby and football at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire before following in their father’s footsteps and joining the printing firm Turner & Dunnett, of which their father was Senior Partner.
The boys were among the first to ‘sign up’ and both joined the Liverpool Scottish Battalion as officers. Read more…

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