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Outer appearances

9 March 2016 by Liz

Buddhist monks dress with conformity to help a simple and meditative life

Buddhist monks dress with conformity to help a simple and meditative life

In modern society many of us try not to make too many assumptions about people based on what they look like, and doing so is a point of debate. Modern campaigns promote body positive attitudes regardless of physical appearances, and work to prevent the imposition of gender stereotypes on the way children are dressed.
However, the fashion and associated industries are heavily based on the assumption that we want to make ourselves look certain ways to express something of our identities. People dress to please themselves, to fit in with like-minded people, to attract a partner, and to enhance their careers. Read more…

Women of the Vietnam War

7 March 2016 by Sam

nurse in a hospital with patients

1st LT Diane Carlson Evans at a hospital in Vietnam, 1968. Courtesy of Diane Evans

Photographer Lee Karen Stow will travel to Washington DC soon as part of the continuing  Poppies: Women and War. project. You can find out about the evolving project in her upcoming talk on Saturday 19 March, as part of our International Women’s Day events. Here she tells the story of some of the women she is going to meet:  Read more…

‘Women on The Waterfront’ weekend for International Women’s Day

2 March 2016 by Sarah

Liverpool Roller Birds' A team, Sisters of Mersey,

Liverpool Roller Birds’ A team, Sisters of Mersey, skate out before a game. Image by Taut Clothing.

Our ‘Women on The Waterfront’ weekend on 5 and 6 of March will showcase local women’s achievements from the past and present, ahead of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March.

From suffragette performances to roller derby demonstrations, the weekend will include many special events. Enjoy talks, family friendly craft sessions and information stands that celebrate the achievements of women.

There’ll also be events throughout March, including a talk about female artists on 8 March and a talk by photographer Lee Karen Stow on 19 March. Read more…

National Museums and Wellbeing Week

29 February 2016 by Dawn

happy museum visitors

Museums can enhance feelings of wellbeing

This week is the first ever ‘National Museums and Wellbeing Week’.

Visiting museums and participating in the arts has been shown to alleviate stress, combat isolation and increase levels of satisfaction and happiness.

Read more…

Remembering Concepcion Picciotto

25 February 2016 by Sam

tent surrounded by protest signs and banners

Protestor Tent outside the White House, Washington DC. Copyright Lee Karen Stow

Photographer Lee Karen Stow talks about her continuing work on the Poppies: Women and War project – something which you can find out more about in her free talk and exhibition tours on Saturday 19 March, as part of our International Women’s Day programme of events:

“My work for the Poppies: Women and War project has not ceased since the images were hung on the walls of the Museum of Liverpool. Stories of women and war, and peace, are coming at me more strongly than ever, so I have decided to pursue them.

Perhaps because the women themselves are reaching a time in their lives when they want to share what they have experienced. Read more…

Pride and Prejudice project – first objects revealed!

24 February 2016 by Kay

feather-boas300Today, in celebration of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) History Month, we are excited to launch our online collections which showcase items with LGBT connections, from across our fine and decorative art, Art Galleries and Museum of Liverpool collections.

The items are wide ranging – from fun feather boas from Garlands nightclub to magnificent Renaissance artworks. They form just a small selection of the first set of items we have discovered as part of the Pride and Prejudice project. This two year funded project involves unearthing, researching and publishing objects which relate to LGBT history and culture. Read more…

Works begin on Museum of Liverpool steps and terraces

9 February 2016 by Lucy

Image of Museum of Liverpool

Works on the steps and terraces outside the Museum of Liverpool begin this week

This week, we have started work on the external steps and terraces at each end of the Museum of Liverpool.

On completion in December this year, the north and south ends of the Museum will feature seating, terraces and steps, leading to two viewing platforms offering unique observation points of the city, River Mersey and Liverpool Bay. Read more…

Brookie: A few LGBT ‘firsts’ and a kiss that went global

5 February 2016 by Matt

Phil Redmond sitting by a 'Brookside Close' street sign

© Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

Working on the Pride and Prejudice project means that I spend a lot of my time thinking about the story of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans people in Liverpool. February is LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom and this means a whole month where a lot of people are thinking about the history of LGBT people.

Sometimes LGBT history can crop up in rather unexpected places. Did you know that the Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside was responsible for a few LGBT ‘firsts’ not just in the UK but internationally?  Read more…

Explore our Roman past

3 February 2016 by Liz

Roman coins

Roman denarii coins from the Malpas Hoard

To coincide with our forthcoming exhibition, Roman Treasures of Cheshire, there’s a great opportunity to explore the Roman past of north west England in detail at a forthcoming day conference. The Cheshire Hoards and the Romano-British North West conference will run on Saturday 27 February at the Museum of Liverpool. Archaeologists from around the country will present the latest research about finds and explore the context of settlement in this region.

The Cheshire Hoards are two groups of Roman Treasure, the Malpas Hoard and the Knutsford Hoard.  These have both recently been reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and have now been acquired by Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum jointly through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Read more…

Poppies – a botanist’s view

1 February 2016 by Geraldine

pressed yellow poppies mounted on paper

Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica. This specimen was collected in May 1949 from Hawkshead, Cumbria. Accession number 1987.376.98

As a botanist I was fascinated to see the Poppies: Women and War exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool, which includes botanical photographs of poppies in the field and draws on themes of strength and resilience inspired by the flower.

Poppies always invoke for me a feeling of happiness, large colourful flowers in bright garish colours. ‘Poppy’ refers to a group of species that cover a number of genera in the family Papaveraceae. The one that springs to mind for most people is Papaver rhoeas which is used as the symbol of remembrance and hope.  Read more…



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