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New Tate piece explores artist’s connection to the enslaved

27 February 2014 by Felicity

Image of Visceral Canker by Donald Rodney

Donald Rodney Visceral Canker 1990 © The estate of Donald Rodney

A new exhibition titled  Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain opens at Tate Liverpool tomorrow. One of the key pieces in the exhibition tells the story of Britain’s involvement with the slave trade in a striking, visual form. Read more…

Our top five romantic picks!

7 February 2014 by Lisa

Katherine with 'Cliff' by David Hockney

Katherine with ‘Cliff’ by David Hockney

Art and romance go hand in hand as far as we’re concerned. While we’ve been wandering around the Walker Art Gallery this week, we’ve found that you don’t have to go too far before you find some stunning paintings, sculptures and installations that explore or celebrate love.  It’s certainly a romantic place to be.  Read more…

Tragic story of First World War soldier’s suicide

7 February 2014 by Kay

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February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans History Month. To help represent and celebrate the lives and achievements of Liverpool’s LGBT community we are highlighting this story of Private William Mason, a King’s Liverpool Regiment soldier who served in the First World War.

Aged just 19, William Mason committed suicide in July 1916. William, from Birkenhead, had enlisted the previous year in Liverpool. He is one of almost 80,000 soldiers listed on our Kings Regiment World War I database. The following information is taken from a Liverpool Echo article, Tuesday 18 July, 1916, featured on the database. Read more…

Our staff are Dementia Friends

7 February 2014 by Lucy

Group of NML staff

National Museums Liverpool staff are Dementia Friends

This week, staff at National Museums Liverpool have had the chance to take part in some really interesting awareness sessions in order to become Dementia Friends.

We’re the first national museums service to take part in the initiative, which is led by the Alzheimer’s Society. Those living with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community, so Dementia Friends sessions give participants an understanding of dementia and the small things people can do to make a difference.  Read more…

Rianne’s internship

31 January 2014 by Mitty

Rianne at the entrance to the museum

We’ve been privileged to have Rianne working with us since September. Here’s what she has to say about her experience:

“My internship at the International Slavery Museum.

Hello, I’m Rianne, I’m 21 years old and I’m from Holland. For the final year of my Cultural Heritage study, we had to find an internship to put the theory we’d learnt to the test. Since I was curious to find out more about museums outside of Holland, I started to apply for an internship abroad. This is when I came across Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum. Read more…

Remembering the Jewish victims of the Holocaust

23 January 2014 by Lucy

Tablecloth

This tablecloth was donated to the Museum of Liverpool by the AJR in 2012

On 27 January each year, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked to remember the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

This Sunday 26 January we will be holding special events at the Museum of Liverpool to remember the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

In partnership with the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) there will be a variety of talks and tours taking place between 11am and 4pm, with a particular focus on memories of the Kindertransport.  Read more…

New Liverpool Irish Community Trail launched today

13 January 2014 by Kay

Irish community poster, 1867

Irish community poster, 1867

Visitors to the Museum of Liverpool can explore the story of the Liverpool Irish community on display across the Museum, using our new trail.

The trail highlights unique and fascinating objects, people and stories.

Discover our earliest links across the Irish Sea over 4000 years ago and explore how Irish people, culture and traditions continue to shape the social, political and economic history of the city.

Pick up your free trail from the information desk in the atrium.

From snowscapes to teapots – our new boards on Pinterest

18 December 2013 by Lisa

Painting of a snowy mountain scene beneath a dome.

‘An Alpine Biodome’, Geraint Evans. 2008.

The collections at the Walker Art Gallery are so vast and varied, it’s very difficult to pick out favourite items or paintings. But we’ve given it a go, so that we could bring to light some of the quirkier items from the collections on Pinterest.

We’ve been getting inspired by the winter/festive season and have put together two new Walker Art Gallery Pinterest boards filled with our collections,  for you to browse. Hopefully you’ll get inspired by them as well!  Read more…

Santa Claus is coming…to the Museum of Liverpool!

17 December 2013 by Lucy

Men fixing Santa Claus

The team put the finishing touches to Santa Claus in The People’s Republic gallery

Yesterday, the Museum of Liverpool welcomed a very special visitor, who will be staying with us all through Christmas.

If you remember Blacklers Department Store on the corner of Elliot Street and Great Charlotte Street, then you may remember the gigantic Santa Claus, which adorned the façade of the building for a number of years.   Read more…

Mandela: African necklace as act of defiance

16 December 2013 by Zachary

Beaded necklace

Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela, freedom fighter and former President of South Africa, was returned to his ancestral home of Qunu yesterday for a burial ceremony that was broadcast all over the world.

When Nelson Mandela appeared for sentencing in the South African Supreme Court on charges of treason in 1962, he wore a traditional Xhosa beaded costume as an expression of contempt and resistance against the illegitimate proceedings against him. This was captured in a famous picture by Eli Weinberg.

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