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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.
11 October 2013 by David Fleming
There is much activity surrounding Liverpool’s World Heritage Site status at the moment. For those of you who have missed it, much of Liverpool city centre has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, in recognition of the city’s remarkable wealth of buildings and structures that relate to the period when Liverpool was the premier port in the British Empire. This means that Liverpool’s heritage is ranked alongside the cities of Bruges, Prague and Salzburg and other celebrated heritage sites around the world such as Angkor Wat temple complex and the Taj Mahal – there are 981 in all, 28 of them in the UK. Read more…
10 October 2013 by Louise
Earlier this week, three Hindu idols which are traditionally used in the festival’s celebrations, were put on display in the atrium at the Museum, coinciding nicely with the beginning of Durga Puja. The idols were donated to us from the Bengali Association of Merseyside, who use statues like this every year during Durga Puja. Read more…
We need your help in filling an important gap in our archives. Here’s Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Social History at Museum of Liverpool, to explain:
“Museum of Liverpool has a fabulous exhibition about Liverpool people in the First World War, but when I was putting together the exhibition, I realised that we didn’t have any material about the local Black and Minority Ethnic community. It concerned me that we were effectively missing a chunk of the local population and when I was given the opportunity to suggest potential First World War projects that could feature in Museum of Liverpool, it was my first choice! Read more…
20 September 2013 by Dawn
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, with many organisations also marking Saturday 21 September, World Alzheimer’s Day, to shine a global spotlight on the fight against the disease. The theme this year is ‘Dementia – a journey of caring’, an idea which resonates very strongly with the House of Memories dementia awareness training at the Museum of Liverpool.
We’ve had a sneak peek and it’s looking absolutely amazing, and well worth a visit.
April’s story is one that has captured the interest of many, ever since she was ‘outed’ as transsexual in the Sunday papers over 50 years ago. Since then, her life has been front page news on numerous occasions, yet her irrepressible character has carried her through, making her a true inspiration for many people around the world.
April was born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, so it’s amazing that she’ll be returning to the city of her birth to see this exhibition dedicated to her life.
You could be there too to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, at a special Private View on Thursday 26 September! We have five pairs of tickets available to win, by answering the following question:
Where did April have her gender reassignment surgery?
Please send your answer along with your name and telephone number to email@example.com
The deadline for entries is Monday 23 September at 5pm, and winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 September.
Over the summer lots of people entered our Merseystyle photography competition. As exhibition curator Sharon Brown reports, choosing the winners was a tough job for our judges:
“The exhibition Merseystyle: Photographs by the Caravan Gallery has proved very popular since it opened in the Skylight Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool on 10 May 2013.
As part of the exhibition we ran a photography competition, open to all. We asked people to send in a photograph that reflected a unique and personal view of their neighbourhood in Liverpool or Wirral, using the Caravan Gallery’s unique style as a guide.
We received a fabulous 357 entries. But who would our five winners be? Read more…