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A window of Remembrance

26 November 2014 by Lucy

Photo of First World War window display

Catherine Mooney makes the finishing touches to her First World War window display

The Museum of Liverpool has teamed up with the Hugh Baird University Centre to create a unique Christmas window display to commemorate the First World War.

We tasked first year undergraduates on the Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design– validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) – to create a visual display in our shop window to reflect our First World War exhibitions.

Students were asked to create designs based on subjects including ‘Home for Christmas’, ‘Women at War’ and ‘The Christmas Truce’.

Catherine Mooney was chosen to produce the display which can be seen by visitors until the end of January 2015.

Here, Catherine explains the background behind her design proposal:

During my research for the Museum of Liverpool’s First World War window, I felt it was important to signify the great loss suffered by the city. 13,000 people from Liverpool lost their lives and many more were affected by the war. I obtained a copy of the First World War Memorial Roll of Honour of Liverpool’s Military War Dead, which is displayed in the Hall of Remembrance at Liverpool Town Hall. It lists more than 13,000 names of fallen soldiers. The names are an integral part of my design proposal and are intended to make an emotional connection with the viewer, juxtaposing the sentiment of families at Christmas with the memories of all those who were lost through the tragedy of The Great War.

A main element of my design proposal is the use of an army camouflage net as a backdrop. Camouflage netting was first used in the First World War and was made by women to help protect their loved one during battle. Handwritten labels representing each person lost will be tied on with red ribbon, with the aim of evoking the notion of present giving at Christmas time. The names signify those who didn’t return home for Christmas and act as a personal remembrance for those who were lost.

I have incorporated the Museum’s merchandise into my design by developing a Christmas tree idea made from books stacked to form a tree-like shape. The merchandise can be placed on top and used like a plinth to display the stock. I was inspired by the fact it was virtually impossible to obtain a Christmas tree during the war, so people were creative in using whatever materials they could find and ‘made do’.

Christmas is when families traditionally spend time together and exchange presents. It is also a time to remember those who are no longer with us. My design proposal intends to produce a window that will evoke these feelings and act as remembrance to Liverpool’s fallen during the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.


Every item purchased in the Museum of Liverpool shop supports National Museums Liverpool, with all profit made going straight back into the organisation.

Many Christmas gifts are available, including a First World War selection inspired by the Museum of Liverpool’s current exhibitions.

Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships

4 November 2014 by David Fleming

man looking at exhibits in museum

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

The Museum of Broken Relationships can be found in Zagreb, Croatia. It’s a new type of museum that is way more interested in the stories behind the objects than in the objects themselves. When I visited recently the audience was made up of all sorts of people, mostly, it has to be said, having a good time, judging by the laughter, despite the fact that much of the museum’s content is very poignant.
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Dementia app wins top European award

24 October 2014 by Lucy

People using the digital app

The My House of Memories app can be used at home or in a care setting

We had some fantastic news yesterday, when we were told that we had won a European award for the work we’re doing to help people living with dementia.

Our ‘My House of Memories’ digital app was one of three European projects to be shortlisted for the Innovate Dementia Award, which was announced yesterday at the World Health and Design Forum in Eindhoven.  Read more…

OMD to ‘dazzle’ at Museum of Liverpool

20 October 2014 by Lucy

Andy McCluskey and boat

Andy McCluskey with the Dazzle Ship

On 1 and 2 November, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are set to play two sell-out gigs at the Museum of Liverpool.

Here, Andy McCluskey of OMD tells us of the band’s links and love for Dazzle Ships:

“What began as a humble request for us to be allowed to put a musique concrete installation into the ‘dazzled’ Edmund Gardner has somehow, and rather wonderfully, escalated  into two concerts, a display case full of our history and memorabilia, and a mini film festival.  Read more…

Now + then: Three Decades of HIV in Merseyside

10 October 2014 by Lucy

Image of display

The Now + then display can be seen in The People’s Republic gallery

A new display has opened today at the Museum of Liverpool, in The People’s Republic gallery.

‘Now + then: Three Decades of HIV in Merseyside’ uncovers how local people and communities have responded to the challenges of HIV from the 1980s to the present day. It includes a powerful new short film, interviews, photography and objects, all exploring people’s own remarkable stories and experiences.  Read more…

Research First World War family history

4 September 2014 by Lucy

Image of boy trying on helmet

Our City Soldiers gallery features a range of military headware to try on

Come along to the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday from 10:30am – 4:30pm for a free First World War Family History Event.

There’s loads going on, including a trench erected in the Museum’s atrium, and an Edwardian School Mistress will also be on hand to teach people about the causes of the First World War.  Read more…

The eagle has landed…

21 May 2014 by Lucy

image of people looking at eagle

(l-r) Chris Lee and Chris Bliss (Liverpool ONE) and Paul Gallagher (Museum of Liverpool) admire the eagle

Today, we welcomed a new feathered friend to the Museum of Liverpool, who might just rival our life-size Liver Bird in popularity.

You may not know this, but in 1790, only seven years after winning its independence from Britain, the United States of America chose Liverpool as the site for its first ever consulate. The city’s growing transatlantic trade made it a vital partner for the USA, keen to exploit further commercial opportunities with Liverpool, Britain and beyond.  Read more…

Award winning House of Memories

15 May 2014 by Lucy

People with award

(l-r) Sue Perkins presented Claire Benjamin and Carol Rogers from the NML team with the Museums & Heritage award

We are very pleased to announce that National Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories programme won in the Educational Initiative category last night at the Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence.

To date, we have trained more than 5,000 carers across Merseyside, the North and Midlands, on our dementia awareness training days, which have been running since 2012.  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…

I get by with a little help from my friends

12 May 2014 by Lucy

Link to Dementia Friends video

Youtube clip of the Dementia Friends video

Have you seen the new video about the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative? It features Gina, a lady we have worked with as part of our House of Memories dementia awareness programme. It’s a fanastic video encouraging us all to be more dementia aware. Read more…

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