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23 November 2016 by Mitty

exploring Liverpool's Black history at a Sankofa event

I’ve been given a really exciting opportunity to work on the Sankofa project, which aims to support Black communities in Liverpool with looking after their precious objects and materials and hopefully making this material more accessible.

This task, as well as being incredibly exciting, is also quite daunting. Many of you might already be aware that Liverpool has the oldest Black community in Europe but what evidence is there of this? And what information do we have about more recent migrations of people of the African diaspora to Liverpool? Read more…

Fantastic Gifts and Where to Find Them

18 November 2016 by Stacey

museum-shop-harry-potter-productsLiverpudlians with a passion for Harry Potter will no doubt be aware that our city has played a part in the hugely successful film franchise, with cast and crew visiting Liverpool back in 2009 to film scenes for The Deathly Hallows Part 1 in our very own Queensway Tunnel. Fans of the wizarding world may also know that in early 2016, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Limited loaned Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar to Museum of Liverpool, as part of our Reel Stories: Liverpool and the Silver Screen exhibition. While unfortunately we could only keep this fantastic piece of local film history until June this year, fans will be delighted to know that our shop at Museum of Liverpool still has a range of magical gifts on offer to anyone who may be looking for a perfect Potter piece this Christmas. Read more…

The Passing of an Icon – Marky J

16 November 2016 by Matt

marky-jWithin a week of starting on the Pride and Prejudice project at the Museum of Liverpool I found myself in the drag room of Garlands nightclub on a Thursday lunchtime. It was then that I first met Mark Jenkins, famous on the Liverpool scene as Marky J…

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How do you research the history of a street?

14 November 2016 by Liz

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Detail from Gage’s Map of Liverpool, 1835, showing Pembroke Place

The Museum of Liverpool’s current project Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place is exploring the history of Pembroke Place with our partners, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – long term ‘residents’ of the street.

Volunteers are working with us to explore this history – but where do you start learning about a whole street and its long past? Read more…

Somme centenary tweets

11 November 2016 by Laura

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Our daily tweets included the name, rank, age and when possible, an image of a soldier who had died that day

Every day since the 1 July we have been tweeting to remember the soldiers from the King’s Liverpool Regiment who fought at the Battle of the Somme. Now as we enter the final few days of the Battle’s 100th anniversary we’re bringing our daily tweets to an end. Read more…

OUTing the Past

9 November 2016 by Kay

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LGBT History Month 2017

Here, at the Museum of Liverpool, we are committed to telling diverse and hidden histories and ensuring that our collections and displays represent our local communities as much as possible. Read more…

A Blue Plaque for Beryl

27 October 2016 by Laura

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Beryl Bainbridge’s Blue Plaque, unveiled on Thursday 20 October 2016 © Tony Bonney

Last week a Blue Plaque was unveiled for writer Dame Beryl Bainbridge at her former home, 47 Ravenmeols Lane, Formby.

Organised by the Formby Civic Society, member Dr Reg Yorke tell us more about it in this guest blog. Read more…

Liverpool Ghost Stories wanted for The Ghost Portal

20 October 2016 by Laura

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Still image from ‘Time You Need’, 2015 © Sarah Sparkes

In this guest blog artist, Sarah Sparkes, tell us how you can get involved in her latest project.


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Somme centenary: the Battle of Le Transloy

18 October 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

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Victoria Cross Winner David Jones was killed on 7 October 1916, before he could receive his award.

The Battle for Guillemont stalled the left flank of the British Army for six weeks in the summer of 1916. September saw a renewed push forward and by the end of the month, the Allies controlled the ground as far as Les Boefs and Gueudecourt.

The War led to tactical and technological advances on both sides and German commanders employed a new tactic, deploying machine guns using existing terrain as cover rather than fixed within their trench system. This strategy enabled them to hold ground with their already depleted forces. As the Allies advanced towards the ridge at Le Transloy, they would soon find out how effective this tactic would be.  Read more…

1066 and all that!

13 October 2016 by Liz

Friday 14 October 2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the most famous date in British History: 1066, the Battle of Hastings. The event took place in East Sussex, near the town of Battle, where Battle Abbey was established to commemorate the clash between the Normans and the Saxons. The date 1066 is very well-known, and the battle is recorded in detail in the Bayeux Tapestry, but did the events of that year have any impact on people’s lives in Merseyside? 

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