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Fundraising and membership officer Sarah Houghton has news of a special event that was held for our members yesterday:
“Members enjoyed a really tattyfilarious event last night at the Museum of Liverpool. It was an evening which tantalised members with a fascinating insight into ‘The King of Knotty Ash’- Ken Dodd, to accompany the great new exhibition By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft.
Caroline France (or Carol, as she liked to be known), was born in 1905 in Edge Hill; the eldest of 13 children. From the age of 13 she attended the School for the Blind Children’s Branch in Wavertree.
Aged 16, she went to the Hardman Street School, where she taught machine knitting, basket making and chair caning until 1957.
Carol dressed stylishly, enjoyed holidays and outings with her many friends, sang with church choirs and choral societies, and most of all loved her dogs. Read more…
UK Disability History Month is celebrated every year 22nd November-22nd December.
The theme for this year is ‘Celebrating our Struggle for Independent Living: No Return to Institutions or Isolation’.
Objects and people’s stories on display in the Museum of Liverpool will be featured on this blog throughout the month to celebrate.
The first is Mary’s story, which is featured in the Growing Up and Growing Older section of The People’s Republic gallery.
Mary discusses her life as a blind person and the limited expectations other people have of disabled people. (This is a shortened version of what is on display).
“I was born at the Women’s Hospital in August 1950, three months premature. I grew up in Aigburth. It was considered advisable that disabled children should go to school, mostly residential schools early as it was felt that parents couldn’t properly meet their needs, and they would be better socialised. I started school aged three at St Vincent’s. Most of the children lived in. Very few went home each weekend, like me, as it was frowned upon. I was taught Braille. The education was pretty abysmal. Most paritally-sighted children leaving school went into factory or shop work. It was expected they would have children. Those of us without sight weren’t expected to have children or relationships. Read more…
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.
Here are some great photos from Chris Moseley, head of ship and historic models conservation at National Museums Liverpool, who has captured some of the behind-the-scenes life of the museums that visitors would never normally see. He explains:
“There is nothing worse when looking over a gallery balcony than to see a layer of dust, a lost pencil or a discarded leaflet. Such things are often out of reach of our regular cleaning staff, so we have a special team of ‘object dusters’ who clean those places high up in the gallery as well as the objects on open display. Read more…
Recently we received a lovely letter from Ellesmere Port & Neston Live at Home Scheme, telling us how much they had enjoyed their trip and lunch at the Museum of Liverpool.
We were thrilled that they also shared a poem with us, written by one of their lunch club members, Roy Hammett: Read more…
Next week, our exhibition of Ken Dodd photographs opens at the Museum of Liverpool.
You can visit ‘By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft’ from Friday 8 November, but a lucky few can also be part of the Private View the night before.
We have five pairs of tickets to give away for the Private View of the exhibition on Thursday 7 November from 6 – 8pm.
All you have to do to enter, is email email@example.com with the answer to the following question:
How many years has Ken Dodd been tickling our chuckle muscles for?
Send your answer, name and telephone number by 5pm on Monday 3 November to be in with a chance to win. Winners will be notified on Tuesday 4 November.
October is Black History Month – which is a great opportunity to highlight local heroes like James Clarke.
James was born in British Guiana (now Guyana). When he was 14, he stowed away on a ship bound for Liverpool and was adopted by an Irish family living in the Scotland Road area.
James worked on the docks and joined Wavertree Swimming Club. He started teaching children to swim after rescuing many of them from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
James saved many locals from drowning in the Mersey and the docks, and taught countless others to swim. He was the first Black man to have a street named after him. Read more…
The Caravan Gallery’s Merseystyle exhibition closes this Sunday, 27 October, after delighting and amusing many visitors to the Museum of Liverpool.
To mark the end of the exhibition Jan and Chris, the inquisitive photographers behind the The Caravan Gallery, held a celebration event at the Museum of Liverpool to thank the many people who have been involved in the exhibition and the many associated events over the summer. Read more…
This month we are getting inspired by the glamour and beauty of the April Ashley exhibition at Museum of Liverpool. The former Vogue model and actress has a unique sense of style and was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery.
Her love of vibrant accessories has lead us to stock up on colourful cocktail rings and sparkling vintage-style pieces for the new exhibition range.