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The Oratory – a look inside one of our lesser known buildings

3 August 2016 by Jen

The Oratory at night with the steps covered in candles for a special event.

The Oratory at night with the steps covered in candles for a special event.

We often use our blog to highlight our fantastic collections, they are after all the most obvious asset of any museum or gallery. This time however I’d like to shift the focus to something a little different, because here at National Museums Liverpool we are extremely fortunate to be able to house our incredible collections in stunning buildings that are architecturally, historically and culturally significant in their own right. Read more…

Finding Dory… at World Museum’s aquarium!

1 August 2016 by Lisa

Blue fish with a yellow tail - 'Finding Dory' blog

A Regal Tang

If you’ve watched ‘Finding Dory’ at the weekend, then you might want to read on and find out more about the beautiful blue Regal Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) – which is the real life fish she’s based on! We asked aquarist Alyster Chapman from our Aquarium, to tell us more about these stunning fish and why it’s important to keep them in the wild: Read more…

We’re shortlisted for the City of Liverpool Business Awards

21 July 2016 by Lisa Middleton

COLBA shortlisted

National Museums Liverpool is up for the Best Customer Focused Business accolade at the City of Liverpool Business Awards tonight.

The annual Awards are a celebration of the thriving business community across the city region and this is the first time we’ve been up for an award. Read more…

“I try to paint almost every day” – artist interview, Ira Hoffecker

11 July 2016 by Lisa

Ira Hoffecker

Ira Hoffecker

We’ve got an exciting program of events planned for the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 and we’re kicking it all off  with our Talk Tuesday series.

This Tuesday we’ll have an artist talk by Ira Hoffecker, whose work ‘Camp Moschendorf II’ explores “…the dark Nazi history of Germany”. Find out a little more about the artist and her way of working in this guest blog and don’t miss Ira’s talk at 1pm on Tuesday 12 July, at the Walker Art Gallery. Read more…

Michael Simpson wins the John Moores Painting Prize 2016!

7 July 2016 by Felicity

Squint (19), 2015, by Michael Simpson is the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016

Squint (19), 2015, by Michael Simpson is the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016

The Walker Art Gallery has announced the winner of the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize 2016 is artist Michael Simpson with his painting Squint (19). Michael (b.1940, Dorset) receives the £25,000 first prize for his work, which is one of a continuing series of paintings by the artist. Read more…

Watch live! John Moores Painting Prize winner announcement

5 July 2016 by Lisa

John Moores Painting Prize 2016Excitement is building as our team gears up for the announcement of the overall winner of the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery on Thursday 7 July.

Painters submitted work in their thousands and it’s hard to believe that it is now down to just five shortlisted artists, one of which will win the overall prize of £25,000. 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.

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80th birthday celebrations for Carl Davis

9 June 2016 by Kay

Union Jack waistcoat in museum display

Carl’s Union Jack waistcoat, 2010

Today, BBC Radio 3 are recording a special 80th birthday performance for Carl Davis. Carl will discuss his career in film and conduct some of his best loved scores including his music for The World at War, The Far Pavilions and Pride and Prejudice. Read more…

Celebrate Merseyside Maritime Museum’s 30th birthday this bank holiday!

27 May 2016 by Sam Vaux

Merseyside Maritime Museum © Tom Adam

Merseyside Maritime Museum © Tom Adam

The bank holiday is fast approaching and we’re marking 30 years since the Merseyside Maritime Museum opened with two fabulous days of fun for all with family! Join us for a whole host of FREE activities, performances and workshops to celebrate our 30th birthday 80s style on Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May! Read more…

Our guide to LightNight

11 May 2016 by Lisa Middleton

LightNight Banner

Looking to make plans for Friday 13 May? We’ve got you covered.

Here’s our guide to LightNight at the Walker Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum and Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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