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World Refugee Day & Week

20 June 2016 by Sarah

Totes and Tamsin 1 boy on bike

Dunkirk Refugee Camp image from Tamsin Koumis

Refugee Week (20-26 June) begins today, on World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. We’re marking this at the Museum with a roundtable on 22 June followed by a choir performance by Migrant artists Mutual aid (MaMa). We also have free, family craft sessions about Refugee WeekRead more…

My Supa Hero Brother, Jon

16 June 2016 by Sarah

Jon Daniel and his brother Tony, the original Afro Supa Hero

Jon Daniel and his brother Tony, the original Afro Supa Hero

This special blog post is written by Tony, Jon Daniel’s brother, who came all the way from Canada recently to see the Afro Supa Hero exhibition for the first time. Attributed as ‘the coolest person I knew growing up’, Tony was a massive inspiration for Jon – and was his first Afro Supa Hero….here’s Tony:  Read more…

Have a happy Father’s Day at National Museums Liverpool!

15 June 2016 by Laura

Museum exterior

Last chance to see Merseyside Maritime Museum’s ‘On the Waterfront’.

Dads can be so difficult to buy for. Three times a year – birthday, Father’s Day and Christmas – I find myself agonising over what to get the man who says he doesn’t actually want anything anyway.

Our venues have some cool gift ideas but if you’re also looking for some inspiration on how to spend the day, then look no further, we’ve got a few suggestions! Read more…

Half term fun

26 May 2016 by Megan

River Festival

River Festival

Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum’s is the big 3-0 this year and we are celebrating in style! We are taking you back to the 80s with DJ Barryoke playing the hits and a 1980s themed photo booth for visitors to capture all the fun. Performances, workshops and crafts will also be running over the two days (30 & 31 May). See our website for more details Read more…

A Supa Show for a Supa City

13 May 2016 by Sarah

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Afro Supa® Star Twins © Jon Daniel. Afro Supa® is a registered trademark owned by Jon Daniel. All Rights Reserved.

Afro Supa Hero opens at the International Slavery Museum today. Here, award-winning creative director, Jon Daniel, whose personal collection of comics, action figures and games are displayed, tells us about the inspiration for the exhibition and what he hopes you will take away from your visit:

“The advent of my Afro Supa® Hero exhibition, launching this Friday 13th on LightNight represents an exciting and very important milestone in my journey so far.  Read more…

We’re 30!

12 May 2016 by Lucy

If you’re from Liverpool, you’ll know that the museums and galleries in this city have been around for a long time…165 years to be precise! However, we can still lay claim to celebrating our 30th birthday, because it was actually 30 years ago in 1986, that we were established as a national museums service. Read more…

Slavery “could be happening next door to you”

19 April 2016 by Sarah

King Street, Whitworth, Rochdale (c) Amy Romer

King Street, Whitworth, Rochdale (c) Amy Romer

Amy Romer is the author of The Dark Figure*, a photo project that documents modern neighbourhoods in the UK where men, women and children have been enslaved recently. She is our guest blogger this week: Read more…

Black Civil War Soldiers and Pensions

5 April 2016 by Sarah

Pension records about Benjamin Davis used during Holly's presentation. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

Original pension of minor children: pension records about Benjamin Davis used during Holly’s presentation. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

Ahead of the anniversary of the start of the Civil War  (12 April), Holly Pinheiro of the University of Iowa, writes a guest blog for us on Black soldiers in the Civil War, focussing on the families that they left behind:

“155 years ago, the Civil War began, though some would argue, rightfully so, that the conflict started well-before Confederate soldiers’ fired their guns on Fort Sumter.

“Without question, the Civil War redefined American society at every level, from the political culture, race relations, to the economy, at both the state and federal level. And, the war’s legacy and its meaning continues to remain a contentious issue in American society. Read more…

UK’s First Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner visits: delivers CSIS Lecture 2016

16 March 2016 by Sarah

Kevin Hyland, OBE and the UK's first independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner delivering the CSIS annual lecture

Kevin Hyland, OBE and the UK’s first independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner delivering the CSIS annual lecture at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. building.

On Monday, Kevin Hyland, OBE and the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, visited Liverpool and delivered the 2016 Annual Lecture for the Centre for the Study of International Slavery  at our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. building.

In case you missed it, here’s an overview by Dr Alex Balch, co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS):  Read more…

Real life super heroes – Natasha Jonas

10 March 2016 by Sam

Natasha Jonas wearing her boxing gloves

Image © Kelly Irvine

With the upcoming Afro Supa Hero exhibition we’ve been talking about real life super heroes and the people who inspire us. The Liverpool boxer Natasha Jonas is a great inspiration to me – here’s her story, in her own words:

“I come from an unconventional, freakishly large family who were all born, raised and live in Toxteth. In the house I grew up in I was the eldest of all the girls, but had two elder boy cousins. I adored these two older lads, they were my heroes. I was with them all the time – climbing trees, playing football, bmx-ing – and from that I gained a real love of sports.

The first time I watched the Olympics on TV I was 4. I was totally amazed and screamed for my mum to come and watch it with me. By the end of the programme I told her, with a matter of fact face “Mum, I’m going to be there”.  Read more…



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