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‘The Stowaway’

15 February 2013 by Sam

young actors dressed in Victorian costume

Over the last three months the International Slavery Museum education team have been working with a group of young actors from the Street Life Foundation. The group used the painting by William Windus, ‘The Black Boy’, on display in the International Slavery Museum, as the starting point for a new play ‘The Stowaway’ written by group leader, Caroline Ihiekwe.

As part of their research the group worked closely with the education teams at the Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool, to find out what everyday life was like in Victorian Liverpool and how it affected children and young people of all classes. Mark, a member of the Street Life acting team, tells us more: Read more…

Drugs Rush at Seized!

11 February 2013 by Sam

school pupils watching performance of play

A scene from the play

Here’s an update from Joyce Parr and Sarah Han, education managers at Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered, about this year’s Rush programme:

“It has been lovely to welcome schools again to our drugs awareness event, Rush which takes place each January at Seized! UK Border Force National Museum, based in the Merseyside Maritime Museum. After it finished were exhausted, but we have had a brilliant time, like the kids!

Despite the snow, we welcomed more than 700 young people. The award winning Rush programme (Kids Count Award in 2010) was developed because of concerns about the impact of drugs misuse on young people. We are lucky to work with the UK Border Force who give the museum lots of helpful back up. Read more…

‘The Crucible’ for schools

28 January 2013 by Dawn

The words The Crucible in a graphic style above a picture of burning flames

School groups visiting World Museum have a unique opportunity to see short extracts from Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ in our Treasure House Theatre on 13 February 2013. The sessions will run at 11am and 1pm and will include a chance to ask the performers questions. This event is free of charge and interested schools should email adam.gledhill@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or call 0151 478 4050 to book.

The play, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is set in 1962 Massachusetts when a witch-hunting fury sweeps through communities. As attempts to calm the hysteria fail, families are torn apart and lives are destroyed.

Hand in Hand Theatre Productions are currently rehearsing for the powerful drama, ready for a short stint at at the Floral Pavilion’s Blue Lounge this spring. They will be running a special schools matinee show on Friday March 8 – contact the theatre for details of their special school rates.

New residents at the Aquarium are a cuttle above

24 January 2013 by Angela

Cuttle fish in tank

Can you tell where he is yet?

Here’s Alyster Chapman, Education Demonstrator at the Aquarium, to tell you about some new inhabitants at World Museum…

There are some new animals to come and see at the Aquarium, the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis). Though the name tries to suggest it, these animals are not fish at all, but molluscs, they’re related to octopus, squids and nautiluses, and more related to a garden snail than a fish. When we first got these cuttles in they were only a few cm in length, we fattened them up in the back and waited till they were feeding fine and grown on to put them out. They’re currently around 6cm in length.  Read more…

New tours of the Old Dock

7 January 2013 by Sam

woman in 18th century costume standing in an underground cavern with old brick sides

Starting today, tours of Liverpool’s historic Old Dock are available every day of the week. Led by staff from Merseyside Maritime Museum, the tours take you below the city’s streets to see the liver-coloured natural sandstone pool which gave Liverpool its name and find out all about the creation of the docks. Tours are free but must be booked in advance – find out how to book on the Old Dock page on the website.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Jon Marrow, senior education officer at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has details of special role play performances which will be available for a limited period only in March: Read more…

‘Messy Tots’ Christmas party

14 December 2012 by Dawn

A smiling child sat on a lady's knee and pens on a table

Come and have some creative messy fun

Every Tuesday morning during term time we have been running sessions called ‘Tiny Liverpool‘ in our Little Liverpool gallery. These sessions are especially for 0-3 year olds and their parents, grandparents or child minders. At the end of each term these sessions conclude with an extra special session called ‘Messy Tots’ which takes place in one of our education spaces.

Messy Tots is extra fun as we are able to get out Play-Doh, chalks, paint pens and colouring in materials. As well as having a large space to enjoy the craft sessions children can play with our lovely toys, dress up, build towers with our blocks and, when in need of a break, our giant bean bags are on hand to provide a comfortable place to curl up for a story! Read more…

Taking up the Dementia Challenge

5 December 2012 by Dawn

Earlier this year, the Museum of Liverpool launched the House of Memories dementia awareness training – an innovative programme which assists social carers to help people to live well with dementia.

“Why would a museum be delivering training to carers in the health sector?”, you may wonder. Well the answer is quite simple. Museums may not be clinical experts in dementia but they are quite literally ‘houses of memories’, where precious objects and stories from the past are collected, and where people come to enjoy and revisit collective memories. The museum has developed new activities such as memory boxes and memory walks, which can really make a difference to someone living with dementia, alongside their families and carers.  Read more…

Kids takeover the Walker!

3 December 2012 by Angela


Young child drawing in Big Art

Here’s an update from Education Demonstrator Kristina Zavros on Takeover Day at the Walker:

Big Art was lit up by the sound of laughter and camera flashes as our little visitors took over Big Art for the day. The event was part of the Kids in Museums Manifesto 2012, which aims to make galleries family friendly. We provided children with digital cameras and our helpful volunteer David rewarded children with a certificate and a sticker for taking part. Our aim was for children to take over the gallery and explore by becoming little reporters, having fun and taking pictures of the things that they enjoyed most in Big Art.

Read more…

James Bloomfield workshop

30 November 2012 by Angela

Rows of paper butterflies

Image (c) Rob Flynn

John Moores 2012 exhibiting artist James Bloomfield tells us about his recent workshop at the Walker Art Gallery. See pictures from the workshop on our flickr site:

“After much planning, emails and butterfly folding I arrived at the Walker Art Gallery to give my artist talk and deliver the workshop. I was welcomed into the bowels of the Gallery and delivered to the resource area by means of the biggest lift I have ever seen. Angelica was on hand to setup the workshop area, and we began to pin the butterflies in preparation for the workshop. Read more…

Kids set to take over the Walker!

21 November 2012 by Angela

Little girl writing in Big Art

To celebrate national Takeover Day 2012 young visitors to the Walker will be reviewing their experience in Big Art for Little Artists this Friday. 

Takeover day gives children and young people the chance to experience the world of work and make their voices heard and gives organisations a fresh perspective on what they do.

Using digital cameras our young visitors will be recording their thoughts, identifying their favourite things and making suggestions as to how we can make Big Art even better. If you’ve got a discerning little one, all under 5’s are welcome, along with their carers to get involvedRead more…

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