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Free national dementia workshops for family carers

9 September 2016 by Sam Vaux

Carers holding a vintage hairdryer

Carers discover a vintage hairdryer © Pete Carr

Sunday, 11 September 2016 marked National Dementia Carers’ Day, which recognises the important contribution family and informal carers make by caring for people living with dementia.

To mark the occasion, National Museums Liverpool has been funded by the Department of Health to launch free dementia workshops for family carers, partnering with museums across the country.

House of Memories dementia awareness for family carers workshops build on the success of our award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme, which has been running at the Museum of Liverpool since 2012. Read more…

Museums are dementia experts

5 September 2016 by Sam Vaux

Health care professionals and person living with dementia using My House of Memories app

House of Memories © Robin Clewley

September 2016 marks World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge stigma.

Here in the UK, National Museums Liverpool has trained more than 10,000 carers across England, through its House of Memories dementia awareness training programme. We’re proud to share that House of Memories has become the first to pilot a ‘Tier 2’ dementia training programme within health and social care settings across the North West of England.

This latest development represents an exciting step for museums and cultural organisations working closely with the health and social care sector, to help people live well with dementia. Read more…

Somme centenary: the final attack on Guillemont

2 September 2016 by Karen O'Rourke

barren landscape with bare tree trunks stripped of branches and leaves

Guillemont after the September 1916 Somme battles

On 3 September 1916, after four unsuccessful attacks on the village of Guillemont, the British Army, as part of a wider push, launched another assault. Once again, men from the King’s Regiment were involved, this time from the 12th Battalion.

The Battalion had been in and out of the trenches to the west of the village from mid August and had already experienced some casualties. On 3 September, at 12 noon, the Battalion went ‘over the top’ to capture Guillemont. They moved through Trones Wood and across the exposed flat land to the west of the village. Read more…

University of Liverpool lecture series at the Museum of Liverpool

1 September 2016 by Laura

Image of the Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

Dr Claire Jones of the University of Liverpool tells us more about a series of lectures this month at the Museum of Liverpool which explore the histories of helping others in a variety of settings both in Liverpool and beyond:

“Liverpool has long been a beacon for philanthropy and service to others. The wealth and squalor of the city in the 19th century, when great privilege and abject suffering existed side by side, meant there were always people who needed help and others with the resources to provide it. Through the 20th century to today, Liverpool and its people have continued to face challenges and develop strategies to meet them, often leading the way for the rest of the UK. Read more…

Galkoff’s – find out more and get involved!

31 August 2016 by Kay

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today – behind protective hoarding, courtesy of LSTM

We will be holding a public engagement event at the Museum of Liverpool on Sunday 18 September, 2pm, open to anyone who wants to discover more about the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project, provide feedback or register as a volunteer.

As you may know, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool recently received initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support us looking at two important heritage sites on LSTM’s campus – court housing and the former Galkoff’s butchers shop. Read more…

The making of the cityscape

30 August 2016 by Liz

I was honoured to be among the first people to see the astounding views from the Museum of Liverpool’s second floor windows. I visited the building when it was still a building site, and the windows hadn’t even been put in! I’d been working on plans of the galleries for years but this hadn’t prepared me for the beautiful views on a bright sunny day. It was literally breath-taking, my gasp was audible! Read more…

A friendship was forged and history was made.

24 August 2016 by Laura

Stage

St. Peter’s Church Hall stage

Sometimes there is no mistaking which objects belong in a museum’s collection. The object may not be particularly old. It needn’t be ornate or fragile. It might look to anyone else like a very ordinary thing. But if it tells a story, that’s interesting. If it tells a story which has repercussions across the world, that is very interesting. Read more…

Lunt Meadows opens to visitors

18 August 2016 by Ron

view of archaeological excavations at Lunt Meadows

The nationally important Lunt Meadows prehistoric hunter-gatherer settlement has been under excavation for the last few years in a wetland nature reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust.

Recently, the official opening of the reserve marked a new phase in the site’s development with the provision of information boards and viewing facilities including those overlooking the archaeological site. Read more…

Museum of Liverpool reaches Window with a View finals

17 August 2016 by Laura

Large window

View from The People’s Republic in Museum of Liverpool. Image Ant Clausen

We are thrilled to have won the regional competition and now be the North West’s entry for the UK’s Best Window with a View. The race is now on for an overall winner so we’re asking for your help again! Read more…

Love our Liver birds

15 August 2016 by Laura

Girl and bird sculpture

Life-sized Liver bird looking out of our window

We know them so well. They appear all around the city, sometimes in the most unexpected of places. They have become part of the fabric of the place, so much so that perhaps we don’t always appreciate them but that is all due to change this week as we celebrate our wonderful, unique and inspirational Liver birds! Read more…



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