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House of Memories’ ‘elves’ spread a little Christmas joy

8 December 2017 by Emma Riley

Blackler's giant Santa at the Museum of Liverpool overlooks two of Santa's elves carrying House of Memories Christmas-themed memory boxes

Blackler’s giant Santa at the Museum of Liverpool keeps a watching eye over ‘honorary elf’ Bernice Blundell, Partner at FPC and a House of Memories elf.

This December, National Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories team will be delivering a special gift to people living with dementia across the North West.

Last week, dressed as Santa’s helpers, the team set up an ‘elves workshop’ to pack and wrap festive Memory boxes to send out to care homes and their residents. Read more…

Galkoff’s tiles saved!

6 December 2017 by Liz

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The gorgeous green Galkoff tiles were added in 1933.

If you’re travelling in to Liverpool via London Road, you might spot some activity around the old Galkoff’s Kosher butcher’s shop. As part of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project the beautiful green tiles from the building are being carefully removed by professional conservators, and will be cleaned and consolidated. Bringing the tiles indoors will ensure their long-term survival. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) now own the building, and are working with the Museum of Liverpool to preserve the tiles. LSTM are giving the tiles to the museum for their preservation in public ownership in the collections of National Museums Liverpool. The tiles will be mounted and displayed in the Museum of Liverpool from late 2018 for a minimum of five years. Read more…

Tracing Percy Galkoff’s Polish routes

4 December 2017 by Poppy

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Lawrence Galkoff and researcher Agata Jujeczka view documents in Lodz

Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place is a partnership project between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Museum of Liverpool. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, research has uncovered fascinating stories linked to this vibrant street from the 19th century to the present. The project focuses on two main heritage assets, Liverpool’s last surviving example of courtyard housing and P Galkoff’s kosher butchers shop. Today the shop’s distinctive green tiled façade represents a sole remnant of a once thriving Jewish community in this area.

In October 2017 the project team embarked on a research trip to Poland. They were joined by Lawrence Galkoff, the great-grandson of P Galkoff’s butchers shop owner Percy Galkoff. Read more…

Our advent calendar is going to the dogs!

30 November 2017 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

With Christmas approaching it’s time for one of my favourite annual traditions – the unveiling of National Museums Liverpool’s free online advent calendar! Each year we ease you into the festive season with daily treats from our collections and displays, including a few surprises, incredible tales and fascinating facts along the way.

Last year’s advent calendar featured cats from our museums and galleries, so to restore balance to the universe, the theme for 2017 is dogs. Read more…

House of Memories’ award-winning support for carers

24 November 2017 by Emma Riley

Earlier this month our House of Memories dementia awareness programme scooped an award at the Liverpool Older People’s Awards.

House of Memories received an award for the family and friends workshops which take place monthly at the Museum of Liverpool, and we are delighted that the programme was recognised in the Outstanding Older Person Initiative category.

The free workshops are open to anyone whose life has been touched by dementia. Read more…

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017

17 November 2017 by Matt

On Monday 20 November we will once again be commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Museum of Liverpool. As a museum that represents the lives of Liverpool’s people we understand how important it is for us to stand alongside the trans community and commemorate those who have been killed or taken their own lives due to transphobic violence or discrimination.

Throughout the day a screen in the museum’s atrium will be displaying the names of those trans people who have been killed since October 2016. Whilst compiling the list for display I was saddened and shocked to realise the sheer number of people who had lost their lives through hate. It brought to home exactly why this commemoration is so very important.  Read more…

LGBT History Month – the national launch

16 November 2017 by Matt

Professor Sue Sanders of Schools Out and LGBT History Month.

On 8 November the Museum of Liverpool had the honour of hosting the national launch of LGBT History Month which will take place in February 2018. The theme for the month long celebration is Geography: Mapping the World and with fabulous views across the River Mersey and Liverpool’s south docks the location was perfect.

The event started with a teacher’s seminar, led by Professor Sue Sanders from Schools OUT UK and LGBT History Month and was a chance for local teachers to explore how they can address LGBT+ issues, stories, and history better in schools. It was also a chance for us at the Museum of Liverpool to showcase our LGBT+ resources and to launch our new LGBT+ awareness session on language and law for Key Stage 3+ groups.

Speakers included representatives from National Museums Liverpool, Homotopia, Liverpool Pride, GYRO, Writing on the Wall, Schools OUT UK and special messages from Daniel Carden MP and Justine Greening MP, the Minister for Education and Equalities.  Read more…

Santa Claus is coming to town!

16 November 2017 by Laura

People with santa statue

Blackler’s Santa in 2016 with Phil and Alexis Redmond and the creator, Peter Blazey. Image by Gareth Jones

The enormous glitzy tree of Liverpool One is flashing its love hearts above shoppers; the Christmas markets are settling into their new homes in corners of the city centre, and across Liverpool schools children are learning their lines for nativity plays. Read more…

Radio Merseyside celebrates 50th birthday at Museum of Liverpool

14 November 2017 by Laura

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Radio Merseyside will broadcasting live from Museum of Liverpool on 22 November to celebrate their 50th anniversary

BBC Radio Merseyside first hit the airwaves 50 years ago, on 22nd November 1967 and we’re so delighted the station has chosen to celebrate this landmark anniversary with us. Assistant Editor, Pauline McAdam tells us more: Read more…

Marilyn’s personal Sankofa journey across the Atlantic

23 October 2017 by Mitty

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Marilyn with her activist artist friends

This summer I was fortunate to meet Marilyn Young, when she made her second visit to Liverpool. Marilyn is an independent researcher from the US, whose interest in Black diasporic communities has taken her all over the world.

In this guest blog, Marilyn describes how retracing cities along the Atlantic has led to her personal Sankofa journey.

“I was born in the state of Alabama so naturally I’m familiar with the topic of the transatlantic slave trade. But visiting Liverpool for the first time 10 years ago struck me and in many ways started my Sankofa journey.

I saw what my ancestors experienced from another side of the Atlantic and this piqued my interest to dig deeper.  Read more…



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