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OMD to ‘dazzle’ at Museum of Liverpool

20 October 2014 by Lucy

On 1 & 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:


 

Andy McCluskey and boat

Andy McCluskey with the Dazzle Ship

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.

Our interest in Dazzle Ships began in 1983 when artist and sleeve designer Peter Saville showed us a Vorticist painting by Edward Wadsworth entitled ‘Dazzle Ship in dry dock at Liverpool’ and asked if we could write some appropriate music as he wished to create an album sleeve inspired by the fractured imagery. We duly obliged with a record that not only contained a title track Dazzle Ships, but also reflected the dark and fearfully disjointed mentality of early eighties geo-politics.

The subsequent tour featured a Dazzle-themed constructivist-style stage set and weirdly wonderful presentations of some of the songs that involved semaphore flag mimes by the band and the moving set ‘playing’ the title track without the band onstage. Unsurprisingly, the whole spectacle confounded and enraptured both audience and critics in equal measure.

The intervening 30 years has seen the knowledge of Dazzle camouflage expand across the globe and filter into a variety of art forms as diverse as dance, fashion, architecture and film. The latest manifestation has been the ‘dazzling’ of two ships. The Edmund Gardner in Liverpool and HMS President in London as part of the 14-18 NOW commemorations.

We have created new Dazzle sounds to be played inside the engine room of the Edmund Gardner; the first Dazzle Ship in a Liverpool dry dock for one hundred years. Also, we have curated a mini film festival in the Museum of Liverpool’s theatre that includes documentary, product branding, contemporary art and animated films reflecting the broad cultural infusion and influence of Dazzle Camouflage.

The Museum of Liverpool is displaying many items from Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark’s early career, such as our first synthesizer, the drum machine that played the intro to international hit Enola Gay, and the tape machine called Winston that was effectively the reason why two teenagers from the ‘other side of the river Mersey’ were able to countenance the crazy idea of being a band of only two musicians. This whole series of events culminates in OMD playing two concerts in the Museum of Liverpool on 1 & 2 November where many tracks from the Dazzle Ships album will be performed, including two that have never been presented live before.


 

Liverpool’s Dazzle Ship is a co-commission by 1418 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commission, Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool, in partnership with the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez worked with the idea of dazzle using the historic Edmund Gardner pilot ship owned and conserved by the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The work has been realised by painters from Cammell Laird.

The title of the work is ‘Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris, 2014′.

 

 

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.

Our Family History Events can help you search for relatives who served in the war, and give insight into people’s experiences on the Front and at home. This year, the event is more poignant due to the Centenary of the First World War and our new exhibition ‘First World War: reflecting on Liverpool’s Home Front’, which is being displayed to mark 100 years since the outbreak of war.

At the Museum of Liverpool, we look after the collections of The King’s Regiment displayed in the ‘City Soldiers’ gallery, which features a research database for visitors to use to find out more about family members who served with the King’s. The Devereux Database currently contains the biographical details of more than 81,500 men who served in the King’s Regiment during the First World War, along with approximately 5,000 images. This year’s Family History Event will be particularly special because the compiler of this database will be attending from the U.S.A.

We are also working with local experts and societies to assist visitors’ research of soldiers from the area, including:

  • Liverpool Medical Institute
  • Liverpool Medical History Society
  • WO1 (RSM) Bob Dixon from 208 Field Hospital
  • Local King’s Regiment experts
  • The Western Front Association
  • Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society
  • The Liverpool First World War Research Committee
  • The Liverpool Pals
  • The King’s Regiment Association
  • John Moores University

There will be a range of family friendly activities on offer throughout the day including handling sessions, poetry performances and arts and crafts for younger visitors. Visitors can also meet the Museum’s own King’s Regiment ‘Tommy Atkins’ and see what his life in a trench was like, or learn about the embroidered postcards he sent home.

 

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…

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…

Hillsborough remembered

15 April 2014 by Lucy

Picture showing 15/4/1989

The date of the Hillsborough tragedy will remain on the Museum of Liverpool until 21 April

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Across Liverpool, people will be paying their respects by taking part in a minute’s silence at 3:06pm, the time the match was abandoned on 15 April, 1989.

All National Museums Liverpool venues will be recognising the minute’s silence.

Our guest blog today comes from our colleagues at the National Football Museum, who will also be joining with us at 3:06pm to remember the 96 people who lost their lives that day:   Read more…

15.4.1989 – A tribute

11 April 2014 by Lucy

Display of date on the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy

15 April 2014 will mark 25 years since 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Hillsborough during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The Museum of Liverpool – dedicated to telling the story of Liverpool and its people – is commemorating this date for all to see, recognising its significance and the city’s united grief for those who were lost but will never be forgotten.  Read more…

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