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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.

Read more…

Top ten Christmas gifts

13 December 2013 by Lisa

Christmas mugs in shop display

Can you hear a distant rumble and clatter in the background as you walk down the high street?

No, it’s not Santa coming early with his sleigh and reindeer – it’s the sound of Christmas shoppers starting to descend on the city!

But there’s no need to panic and get carried along with the crowd to all the ‘usual shops’ – let us help you to find something a little bit different.

You can either browse in one of the shops at our museums or galleries, or put your feet up at home and check out our online shop instead.

Remember to order from our online shop by 18 December to make sure you get your goodies in time for Christmas!

To give you some ideas, here’s our list of top ten Christmas gifts for this year…

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Last chance to see photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood

6 December 2013 by Laura

Woman in gallery

Ceri McCabe in ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood’

This weekend is the last chance to catch ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood’ .

The images provide an evocative insight into the local area between 1976 and 1987.  So we were really pleased to hear from Ceri McCabe, one half of the young couple in the lead image which gave the exhibition its poetic name. Read more…

Transgender Day of Remembrance

21 November 2013 by Kay

The wreath in the April Ashley: portrait of a lady exhibition

The wreath in the April Ashley: portrait of a lady exhibition

Yesterday, Wednesday 20th November, was Transgender Day of Remembrance. We laid a wreath in the ‘April Ashley: portrait of a lady‘ exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool to commemorate all those who have been murdered or taken their own lives because of transphobia.

Representatives from Armistead, Merseyside Police, Transforum, Homotopia and Trans-Chester joined visitors and staff in a minutes silence.
April herself suffered transphobia throughout her life, from family members, the media and also strangers in the street.
You can find out more about hate crime from members of the trans community and Merseyside Police in the exhibition.

Lusitania families’ event

8 November 2013 by Ellie

RMS Lusitania at the Liverpool Landing Stage in 1907

MCR/25/117 Image courtesy of NML, image not copyright NML.

At this time of year we pause to remember the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

With that in mind, Merseyside Maritime Museum is continuing to work towards marking the centenary of the sinking of Liverpool’s most famous ship, ‘RMS Lusitania’, in 2015.

On the 7 May 1915, while en route to Liverpool, ‘Lusitania’ was torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 off the Irish coast near the Old Head of Kinsale. She sank in just 18 minutes, and 1198 men, women and children perished. The sinking sent shockwaves around the world, but her loss was felt particularly keenly in Liverpool – where rioting broke out against German-owned businesses.  A large number of the crew had strong connections to the city and many families were devastated by the event. “Lusi”, as she was affectionately known in the city, was held high regard by local people and had been a familiar site at the Landing Stage since her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York in September 1907.

Each year Merseyside Maritime Museum marks the anniversary with a commemoration around our ‘Lusitania’ propeller, on the quayside across from the museum. Many of those who join us have family connections to those who were on board, and this year we met with people after the event to listen to their stories.

Lusitania propeller on the museum quayside

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On Friday 15th November we are hosting a follow-up event, and are hoping to see some familiar faces but also make new connections with local people who have family ties to ‘Lusitania’. If you, or someone you know, would like to come along then head for Learning Base 2, on the second floor of the museum, from 2pm.

If you would like more information then please email us at Lusitania@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.