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The weird and wonderful jobs of Pembroke Place

9 January 2017 by Liz

Street sign for Pembroke Place

Today we have a guest blog from Richard MacDonald, a freelance historical researcher and Blue Badge Guide. Richard is leading a team of volunteers investigating historic street directories as part of the Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

“Have you ever been in the awkward situation of finding yourself with a filthy ostrich feather and not knowing how best to clean it? Read more…

‘The Star’ and 150 years of the Liverpool Playhouse

20 December 2016 by Laura

Building

The Playhouse as we know it began life as the Star Music Hall in 1866 and became a theatre in 1911.

The Liverpool Playhouse‘s Christmas show, ‘The Star’, is written by Michael Wynne from Birkenhead. In this guest blog Michael reveals how the show came about:


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Magical Meccano Christmas Window

19 December 2016 by Stacey

student-window-display-meccanoHugh Baird University Centre undergraduate designs Blackler’s Santa themed window for Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool’s shop has teamed up with the Hugh Baird University Centre to create a unique Christmas window display to celebrate the iconic Blackler’s Santa, currently on display in the Museum atrium.

First year undergraduates from the Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design – which is validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) – were tasked with a brief by the Museum’s retail team to create a visual display in its shop window. They were asked to reflect an iconic figure from Liverpool’s retail history, the giant Santa that used to stand at the centre of Blackler’s department store. Until its closure in 1988 Blackler’s was located on the corner of Elliot Street and Great Charlotte Street and was famous for its amazing Winter Wonderland Grottos which attracted more than 10,000 visitors a week. Read more…

Pembroke Place – read all about it!

13 December 2016 by Liz

pp-newspaper-headlines

Today we have a guest blog from Lucy Kilfoyle, a researcher in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Lucy is leading a team of volunteers investigating historic newspapers as part of the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.

‘Tragic accidents, grisly murders, heart-rending tales of good people fallen upon hard times: what’s not to like? At first glance, historical newspapers are not exactly the most glamorous of places to find human interest stories from the past. Invariably, old papers and journals are dull and faded and unrelentingly uniform in appearance. The font is often minute and the text packed densely together. Until well into the late 19th century, pictures and graphics were few and far between. Read more…

Bequest saves an original Liverpool Overhead Railway signal

12 December 2016 by Sharon

train on elevated rail tracks above the roofs of buildings

Liverpool Overhead Railway approaching James Street Station. Accession number MOL.2008.97.13

This month we are marking the 60th anniversary of the day that Liverpool Overhead Railway closed, on 30 December 1956. I will be giving a free talk about the iconic railway and the impact it had on the city at 2pm on Thursday 15 December 2016.

You can see highlights from our collection in a new online feature: Liverpool Overhead Railway – the end of the line. I’m also very pleased to bring you news of a new restoration project.

Hidden underground for nearly sixty years, an original wall-mounted signal was one of the few remaining parts of the Liverpool Overhead Railway. It had been in position in the tunnel leading to Dingle Station since the southern extension to the railway opened in 1896 and was part of its innovative signalling system.  Read more…

New LGBT objects uncovered

5 December 2016 by Kay

Shaun Duggan with cup of tea

Shaun Duggan

Two new themes, Love and Relationships and Sex and Eroticism (what everyone’s been waiting for!) have now been launched as part of our Pride and Prejudice research project.

We have discovered some fascinating objects in our collections which tell a range of stories and histories. Some of my highlights featured are – Read more…

Memories of Blackler’s – free events at Museum of Liverpool

1 December 2016 by Laura

Large Santa model

Blackler’s Santa is on display until 30 December.

Anyone who has visited the Museum of Liverpool over the past couple of weeks could not fail to notice our giant new addition! The 18 foot Blackler’s Santa stands proudly in the Atrium and greets visitors with his jumbo smile. Read more…

‘Blind School’ digital trail at the Museum of Liverpool

24 November 2016 by Liz

Steve Binns at Mapping Monday (c) Jack Morgan DaDaFest

Steve Binns at Mapping Monday (c) Jack Morgan DaDaFest

Today we have a guest blog from Kerry Massheder-Rigby, History of Place Project Coordinator:

“For Disability History Month 2016 the History of Place project partnered with the Museum of Liverpool to launch a ‘Blind School’ trail on the Merseyside Map in History Detectives.  This trail, about the history of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool, has been researched by volunteers as part of the History of Place Project, delivered by Accentuate.  History of Place is a nationally significant social history programme which will chart disabled people’s lives from the middle ages until the late 20th century in relation to built heritage. In Liverpool the project is investigating the Royal School for the Blind, established in 1791.  Read more…

Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Matt

logoPride and Prejudice: Bringing stories out of the closet is a groudbreaking project to reveal the sometimes hidden LGBT histories of objects held at National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool. The results of what the team have uncovered can be found on the project web pages, with more to be added at the end of this month.

A two year project, there is still much to come in the next 12 months.

In the next few weeks, there are two opportunities to meet the team at the Walker Art Gallery on 30 November, and the Museum of Liverpool  on 10 December. Come and find out what’s planned for 2017 and see how you can get involved.

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Activism and archives

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…



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