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Happy 300th Birthday, Bluecoat!

20 April 2017 by Victoria

Building

Bluecoat courtyard

Throughout this year there is an impressive series of events across the city to celebrate 300 years of one of Liverpool’s most cherished (and oldest) buildings, Bluecoat. Read more…

50 years of Mersey Sound

13 April 2017 by Victoria

book cover 'The Mersey Sound'

‘The Mersey Sound’ is a collection of poems by Liverpudlian poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.

It was hugely successful when first published 50 years ago in 1967. Fueled by the craze for The Beatles and ‘Mersey Beat’, the ‘Liverpool Poets’ flourished.

Through their books and live recordings they cemented poetry within popular culture reaching a wider and younger audience than their predecessors and more traditional contemporaries. The book sold over 500,000 copies and it became one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time.

The poems are accessible and unpretentious. They touch on the ordinary and the extraordinary with all the flavour of a John Lennon lyric and open up a world of poetry which uses familiar words to tell illuminating stories. It was, and still remains, poetry for all people.

At the Museum of Liverpool we have a cherished selection of objects on display about the great Liverpool poets in the writers section of our Wondrous Place gallery including an original copy of ‘The Mersey Sound’.  Read more…

The legacy of LGBT visibility at National Museums Liverpool

7 April 2017 by Andrew

The Gang by Catherine Opie

“LGBT history is everyone’s history and we’re proud to tell it”, says Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at the Walker Art Gallery. Here, she blogs about National Museums legacy in programming LGBT exhibitions, artists and events that spans decades. Read more…

Easter holidays at Museum of Liverpool

6 April 2017 by Laura

Children playing

Kids at play in 1950s. Image © Karl Hughes ARPS 1901-1979 courtesy of Suzanne Lawton

For some of you you’re half way through it and for others it’s about to start but in either case the words school holidays can strike panic in the heart of any parent! Read more…

Roller-skating Victorians

3 April 2017 by Liz

The research undertaken into the history of Pembroke Place, as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project is throwing up some exciting and quirky aspects of Liverpool’s history! Read more…

New My House of Memories ‘Irish connections’ app content

17 March 2017 by Emma Riley

Irish dancing dress

Irish dancing dress

The House of Memories team is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with the release of a special new theme featuring Irish related objects for the My House of Memories app.

Liverpool is a vibrant multi-cultural city with unique links to Ireland and a strong Irish community – in the early 19th Century more than 35,000 Irish emigrants settled in the city. Read more…

From Perec Gelkopf to Percy Galkoff

16 March 2017 by Liz

Percy Galkoff (front left) in a family photograph in the 1940s. Courtesy of Toubkin/Galkoff family

Today we have a guest blog from Lucia Morawska, a volunteer who has been researching the Galkoff family history as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

“P. Galkoff Kosher Butcher Shop has been a recognisable feature of Liverpool for decades Read more…

World Poetry Day 2017

16 March 2017 by Sophia

people looking at poetry display in museum

Discover the Liverpool poets in our Wondrous Place gallery. Image © Dave Jones

Inspired by my interest in the Liverpool Beat Poets and driven by my love of poetry, on Tuesday 21 March I will be celebrating World Poetry Day at the Museum of Liverpool with some special free events.

I will be taking a closer look at the poets who are featured in the Wondrous Place gallery at 11am and 1pm , delivering talks about Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri – the beat poets who shot to fame with the compelling poetry anthology book The Mersey Sound(1967) selling 500,000 copies.  Read more…

‘Bee’ happy at Museum of Liverpool!

15 March 2017 by Laura

Image of Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

Did you know Monday 20 March is the International Day of Happiness? It may seem strange to formalise such a basic human emotion but in 2012, when all 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281, happiness, for one day a year, became a serious business. Read more…

Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

8 March 2017 by Karen O'Rourke

Poster

‘Women Urgently Wanted’ © IWM (Art.IWM PST 13171)

As soon as war had been declared in August 1914, women had begun ‘doing their bit’ towards the war effort. Initially they worked as nurses, shop staff or office clerks, but as the war progressed, women took on roles that were traditionally more masculine, such as tram conductors, farm labourers and munitions workers. Read more…



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