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Alessandro Raho, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

28 August 2014 by Lisa

Alessandro Raho

Alessandro Raho

This week’s John Moores Painting Prize guest blog is from another of our shortlisted artists, Alessandro Raho.

Personal relationships are important in Alessandro’s work and his painting ‘Jessica’ is striking portrait of his stepsister of the same name.  Read more…

Meet our very clever octopus…

4 August 2014 by Alyster

Octopus in a tankOur octopus is pretty clever. Octopuses need to be because they don’t have a hard shell, they don’t have any sharp venomous spikes to protect themselves and they’re pretty soft creatures who are very tasty to other sealife! If they didn’t use their brains, they’d be eaten up in no time.

Of course, our octopus doesn’t need to worry about escaping from predators; we don’t keep any in the tank with him. He doesn’t need to be feeling his way around, trying to find a quick exit or avoid being eaten.  Read more…

Octo-mania!

11 July 2014 by Emma Duffy

Octopus in a tank

The ‘Common Octopus’ (Octopus Vulgaris)

We’ve got a brand new tentacled friend here at World Museum and recently I was lucky enough to meet him!

Although called the ‘Common Octopus’ (Octopus Vulgaris), we think he is far from that. The Common Octopus has the amazing ability to camouflage itself to hide from predators, changing colour and appearance rapidly to match its surroundings.  Read more…

Liver Bird in the making – the Bromsgrove connection

10 June 2014 by Kay

Liver Bird 1910 0012This fabulous photograph of one of the Liver Birds being constructed in the Bromsgrove Guild Workshops, 1910, was recently sent to us by Charles Bateman from Bromsgrove.

The Bromsgrove Guild were awarded this important new commission by The Royal Liver Assurance Company who wanted two mythical Liver Birds to be mounted on the twin towers of its new head office at the Pier Head when it opened 19 July, 1911.

The Illustrated History of The Bromsgrove Guild reveals that the Liver Birds presented various design problems during construction, both because of their large size and the height at which they were mounted – 300 feet from the ground. They also had to withstand extremely high winds without being too heavy. Read more…

Queen Victoria in Liverpool

30 May 2014 by Jen

Queen Victoria cruise liner moored in Liverpool

The magnificent Cunard liner MS Queen Victoria arrived this morning at the Liverpool landing stage to spend the night in the city, making her the first Cunard liner to do so since the Franconia in 1968. She is a spectacular sight down here at the waterfront and people have been flocking to see her, bowled over by her size and grandeur! Read more…

Jane’s jigsaw – ‘From There to Here’

28 May 2014 by Kay

jigsaw with photos of different people and objects

This jigsaw is one of 8 unique and wonderful artworks on display in the exhibition From There to Here: the hidden history of People with Learning Difficulties in Merseyside, Museum of Liverpool.

The artworks celebrate the lives and experiences of the people who helped to make the exhibition. Each participant met and briefed local artists who designed and made the pieces, using the participant’s oral testimonies and interviews as inspiration.

The special jigsaw represents things very close to participant Jane Fradley’s heart – Ant and Dec, Prince William… and her boyfriend Neil! It was made by local artist Annette Jamieson. Read more…

Gill – a very handsome fish

23 May 2014 by Alyster

A black, white and yellow fish

Moorish Idol fish. Image courtesy of Brocken Inaglory on Wikimedia.

The Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) is a very handsome fish in my opinion. They elegantly glide through the water with their elongated dorsal fin trailing behind them. It’s believed this extended fin is to show off to potential partners about how attractive they are. If they have a short dorsal fin, which does happen as it lures some species of fish to nip at it, the fish will be seen as weaker than those with super long trailing fins, who were able to avoid being nibbled.  Read more…

International Day against Homophobia

17 May 2014 by Kay

Copy of DSC_0767Today is International Day against Homophobia. It marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation took homosexuality off its list of mental illnesses. This rainbow flag, which was the first ever to be flown above Liverpool Town Hall for International Day against Homophobia on 17 May 2009, is on display in The People’s Republic gallery, Museum of Liverpool. Read more…

Did you work for Bayko?

13 May 2014 by Lucy

Bayko Empire State Building

Leo Janssen’s Bayko construction of the Empire State Building on display at the Museum of Liverpool

This year marks 80 years of Bayko, the Liverpool-invented model construction set.

To mark the occasion, the Museum of Liverpool is joining with the Bayko Collectors Club to stage a ‘Bayk-over’ of the venue this Friday until Monday 19 May.

Bayko constructions will be brought to the Museum from all over Britain to feature in this four-day event, and visitors can expect to see four foot models of the leaning tower of Pisa, Saint Mark’s Campanile from Venice, a large cathedral complete with chiming bells, a skyscraper and a 30 foot pier.  Read more…

Shanks’ award to go on display

9 May 2014 by Lucy

People holding award

Curator Paul Gallagher and Shankly’s granddaughter Karen Gill with the award

On Thursday 15 May, a special item is going on display in the Museum of Liverpool highlighting the importance of one man and his success with Liverpool Football Club.

Bill Shankly was Liverpool Football Club’s inspirational manager from 1959 to 1974. He is widely regarded as the founding father of the modern-day Club, taking them from 2nd Division obscurity to an unprecedented period of success in the 1960s.  Read more…