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Refugee Week – Anny’s sewing machine

24 June 2014 by Kay

o_cadf12a78d565460-0kjRefugee week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.

In The People’s Republic gallery in the Museum of Liverpool there are many personal stories and objects which help reveal migration journeys to the city.

One of these special objects is this Pfaff sewing machine which was brought to Liverpool by Anny Foa who fled Turin, Italy in 1939 when life was blown apart by the turmoil of the Second World War. Read more…

Why every care home needs new digital memory app

16 June 2014 by Dickie

A man and elderly lady smiling looking at app

People enjoy our new app

Today (Tuesday 17 June) we are at the House of Commons to launch My House of Memories; a digital memory app for people living with dementia. Read more…

Liver Bird in the making – the Bromsgrove connection

10 June 2014 by Kay

Liver Bird 1910 0012This fabulous photograph of one of the Liver Birds being constructed in the Bromsgrove Guild Workshops, 1910, was recently sent to us by Charles Bateman from Bromsgrove.

The Bromsgrove Guild were awarded this important new commission by The Royal Liver Assurance Company who wanted two mythical Liver Birds to be mounted on the twin towers of its new head office at the Pier Head when it opened 19 July, 1911.

The Illustrated History of The Bromsgrove Guild reveals that the Liver Birds presented various design problems during construction, both because of their large size and the height at which they were mounted – 300 feet from the ground. They also had to withstand extremely high winds without being too heavy. Read more…

When April met Winston

2 June 2014 by Lucy

Image of April Ashley meeting Sir Winston Churchill

April Ashley meeting Sir Winston Churchill in 1964

A new photograph showing April Ashley meeting Sir Winston Churchill has gone on display in the April Ashley: Portrait of a lady exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

This rare press image shows April and Winston meeting for the first time in April 1964 and was only recently re-discovered in time to mark 50 years since the event took place.  Read more…

Jane’s jigsaw – ‘From There to Here’

28 May 2014 by Kay

jigsaw with photos of different people and objects

This jigsaw is one of 8 unique and wonderful artworks on display in the exhibition From There to Here: the hidden history of People with Learning Difficulties in Merseyside, Museum of Liverpool.

The artworks celebrate the lives and experiences of the people who helped to make the exhibition. Each participant met and briefed local artists who designed and made the pieces, using the participant’s oral testimonies and interviews as inspiration.

The special jigsaw represents things very close to participant Jane Fradley’s heart – Ant and Dec, Prince William… and her boyfriend Neil! It was made by local artist Annette Jamieson. Read more…

Meet me at the museum

25 May 2014 by Dawn

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the Museum

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the museum

One of our Visitor Hosts, Jill Ireland, has been telling us about a new and friendly drop-in event at World Museum and Museum of Liverpool, called Meet me at the museum, which has been developed with older visitors in mind:

“Working on ‘Meet me at the museum’ has given me a fascinating insight into memories, and how simple things get us all talking, sharing stories and enjoying the company of strangers. The idea of the project is to engage with older visitors and take a nostalgic look back. It has attracted a wide and diverse audience, from older adults to grandparents with their grandchildren, and even some family groups. Read more…

Download our free ‘My House of Memories’ app

22 May 2014 by Dawn

A smiling gentleman and lady looking at a tablet

Dave and Eileen helped to the create the My House of Memories app

Dementia Awareness Week has been incredibly exciting so far, with lots of brilliant work going on in the city, not least the launch of the new Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance.

In London, there was also the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Community Awards where House of Memories was Highly Commended in the national category – this is a fantastic accolade and we are really thrilled.  Read more…

The eagle has landed…

21 May 2014 by Lucy

image of people looking at eagle

(l-r) Chris Lee and Chris Bliss (Liverpool ONE) and Paul Gallagher (Museum of Liverpool) admire the eagle

Today, we welcomed a new feathered friend to the Museum of Liverpool, who might just rival our life-size Liver Bird in popularity.

You may not know this, but in 1790, only seven years after winning its independence from Britain, the United States of America chose Liverpool as the site for its first ever consulate. The city’s growing transatlantic trade made it a vital partner for the USA, keen to exploit further commercial opportunities with Liverpool, Britain and beyond.  Read more…

Vote for us to be a National Treasure!

20 May 2014 by Lucy

Image of the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is up for a ‘National Treasure’ title

The Museum of Liverpool has been selected as one of the best National Lottery funded projects of the last 20 years. We’re one of 12 projects in England competing for the ‘National Treasure’ title in a public vote.

The winner will be selected in a public vote, so we need your help to take us to the top by voting online.

More than £21 billion has been awarded to amazing projects across the UK since the National Lottery launched in 1994. The Museum of Liverpool received £11.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its creation, and a number of other fantastic projects we’ve worked on have received funding including April Ashley: Portrait of a lady in partnership with Homotopia.

Voting is now open and closes at midnight on Tuesday 27 May. So what are you waiting for?

International Day against Homophobia

17 May 2014 by Kay

Copy of DSC_0767Today is International Day against Homophobia. It marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation took homosexuality off its list of mental illnesses. This rainbow flag, which was the first ever to be flown above Liverpool Town Hall for International Day against Homophobia on 17 May 2009, is on display in The People’s Republic gallery, Museum of Liverpool. Read more…

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