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A day in the life: John Moores Painting Prize

18 October 2013 by Lisa

Artist's studio

Chantal Joffe’s studio

Call For Entries for the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize closes on 25 October 2013 and Project Manager Angela Samata has been meeting with some of the jury.  It will be this group of artists/artistic directors who will make the final decision about who will win the £25,000 prize.

Here’s Angela to give us a behind the scenes peak at her busy day in London with Director of Art Galleries Sandra Penketh…  Read more…

Stepping into a Magic World…

19 September 2013 by Felicity

Magic on film

The film crew capture Amber’s performance on camera

Ever watched a magic trick and had the feeling that, if you could only see it one more time, you’d know exactly how it was done? Well, I can promise that even after multiple viewings, figuring them out remains incredibly… tricky. Read more…

April Ashley Private View competition

19 September 2013 by Lucy

Image of April Ashley

April Ashley: portrait of a lady opens Friday 27 September

Next Friday 27 September, April Ashley: portrait of a lady will open to the public at the Museum of Liverpool, in partnership with Homotopia.

We’ve had a sneak peek and it’s looking absolutely amazing, and well worth a visit.

April’s story is one that has captured the interest of many, ever since she was ‘outed’ as transsexual in the Sunday papers over 50 years ago. Since then, her life has been front page news on numerous occasions, yet her irrepressible character has carried her through, making her a true inspiration for many people around the world.

April was born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, so it’s amazing that she’ll be returning to the city of her birth to see this exhibition dedicated to her life.

You could be there too to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, at a special Private View on Thursday 26 September! We have five pairs of tickets available to win, by answering the following question:

Where did April have her gender reassignment surgery?

Please send your answer along with your name and telephone number to press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

The deadline for entries is Monday 23 September at 5pm, and winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 September.

Good luck!

 

Celebrate Liverpool’s heritage!

11 September 2013 by Louise

Picture of Sudley House

Take a grand tour of Sudley’s grounds

Every September sees hundreds of historic cultural venues open to the public for Heritage Open Days and here at the museums, we’re extending our celebration of the Liverpool’s heritage with activities and events taking place throughout September. Read more…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. building

2 September 2013 by Richard

 Martin Luther King building

Richard Benjamin on the steps of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. building

On the 28th August we opened the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. building, which is next to the International Slavery Museum.  It was opened to the public just for the day, for a series of events to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr King’s now iconic speech. This has became known as the “I Have a Dream” speech – delivered on the steps of the iconic Lincoln memorial in Washington, D.C. on a scorching hot summer’s day in 1963 to a crowd of over 250,000.

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What do you want to see on display at World Museum?

13 August 2013 by Lisa

Girl touching an animal skull

Visitors exploring the Clore Natural History Centre

Here’s Donna Young, Curator of Herbarium at World Museum to talk about why we need you to tell us what you think of the museum…

“I always like browsing through the visitor comments on the World Museum Facebook page – it’s great to hear that people have enjoyed the museum but it’s also good to have feedback about improvements too. After all, World Museum belongs to the visitors – so it’s only right that you all should have a say in what we have on display at the museum!   Read more…

First wedding

15 July 2013 by Kay

 Phil & Ann's Wedding July 1960

Have you ever wondered who the first couple to be married in the crypt, the only part of Sir Edwin Lutyen’s design for Liverpool’s Catholic Cathedral that was ever built, were?

It was Phil and Ann Fanning in 1960, a fact of which they were both very proud.

One of their bridesmaids, Liz (Phil’s sister, aged 11), remembers that the dresses were made of white nylon, patterned with blue flowers. In the 1970′s Ann and Phil moved to Hong Kong with their two sons where they spent 12 years. Read more…

Visitors moved by Rankin exhibition

9 July 2013 by Lisa

Post it now with text "It makes you think about the people you love!"

A visitor comment from the response wall at the Walker.

Below are some of the moving comments that have been posted on our response wall at the Walker Art Gallery by visitors to the ‘ALIVE: In The Face of Death’ exhibition.

It seems that Rankin’s photographs have really made people think about their own loved ones, while also being uplifted by the stories of those who appear in the exhibition.  Read more…

Can we afford Liverpool’s cultural heritage?

4 July 2013 by David Fleming

The landmark buildings on Liverpool's waterfront

Pier Head, part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

I have been working this week on a Report for the Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Joe Anderson, on the city’s cultural heritage – the nature of it, the challenges, how to care for what we have, how to attract visitors to Liverpool, funding for the heritage itself etc etc. If the Report is any good, it will become a model in which other cities around the world will be very interested: the care and ‘use’ of our cultural heritage is a global issue, and the heritage sector has not been especially intelligent in explaining the whys and wherefores to sceptics, many of whom have a simple belief that looking after our cultural heritage is a luxury we cannot afford. Read more…

Should we charge international visitors?

28 June 2013 by David Fleming

Picture of David and Simon being filmed for The One Show

Simon and I being filmed for The One Show

Simon Calder, the travel writer and broadcaster, interviewed me for The One Show last week because of the growing public interest in the impact cuts in government funding are having on museums, an interest that reached something of a peak when the London-based Science Museum announced that it might have to close one of its northern ‘branches’ in Manchester, Bradford and York if its budgets were cut further.

Simon had a suggestion about admission charges. He agrees that admission charges for British taxpayers would lead to a drop in the number of people who visit museums, which cannot be a good thing, so he wasn’t advocating that. And we can’t charge EU citizens if we don’t charge British citizens, according to EU law. His proposal is that that we should charge non-EU citizens only. Read more…