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Deck the halls!

9 November 2016 by Stacey

red cream soft heart christmas decoration

Stately Home Heart Decoration, £5 available online and from Lady Lever Art Gallery

Three festive themes for decorating this Christmas!

Christmas is just around the corner and whether your decorations are going up now or you’re waiting until the last minute, you can’t deny it’s exciting choosing which bits and pieces you’re going to decorate the tree with. Many people choose their Christmas decorations based on the style of their home, or simply pick a Christmas theme or colour each year. Read more…

How to choose the purrrrfect Christmas card.

19 October 2016 by Stacey

card with black cats in snow

‘A Black Cat Holiday’ Card

Okay so it’s mid-October but, in my opinion, this is the month when it starts to feel like winter again, with darker nights and colder mornings.

Most people are thinking about Halloween and Bonfire Night, but I’m already making my Christmas list! I love organising what I’m going to give to my friends and family, and one of the first things I do is purchase my Christmas cards. Choosing cards for your friends and family can sometimes be difficult with so many styles and options. I always like to pick designs which I think they will personally like. There are plenty of cards available from National Museums Liverpool, so I make sure our Merchandising and Buying team point me in the right direction. Here is their guide to help you to choose something for each person.

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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…

Have a happy Father’s Day at National Museums Liverpool!

15 June 2016 by Laura

Museum exterior

Last chance to see Merseyside Maritime Museum’s ‘On the Waterfront’.

Dads can be so difficult to buy for. Three times a year – birthday, Father’s Day and Christmas – I find myself agonising over what to get the man who says he doesn’t actually want anything anyway.

Our venues have some cool gift ideas but if you’re also looking for some inspiration on how to spend the day, then look no further, we’ve got a few suggestions! Read more…

A passion for social justice

27 May 2016 by Emma Duffy

four people seated, holidng up campaign signs

Campaigners at the launch of the Federation of Human Rights Museums, including David Fleming, Director of NML, second from right

As we mark 30 years since we became a national museums service in 1986, it’s given us a moment to reflect on the positive work we have done over the past three decades. We believe in the power of museums to help promote good and active citizenship, and to act as agents of social change. From this belief we founded the Social Justice Alliance for Museums (SJAM) in 2013, in response to a growing recognition of the importance of the social value in museums and its impact on the public. Read more…

Your guide to Easter outings

23 March 2016 by Lisa Middleton

CraftsEaster is almost here so time to plan your activities. We’ve got a fantastic line up of exhibitions, free events, and tasty treats for the whole family to enjoy. Read more…

Saving lives

4 March 2016 by Emma Duffy

Two people holding defibrillators standing outside the Walker Art Gallery

Joseph Dixon, National Museums Liverpool, and Janet Graham, North West Ambulance Service, with defibrillators outside the Walker Art Gallery

Fantastic news! We have received thirteen automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, from the North West Ambulance Service, for use in our museums and galleries. AEDs are portable electronic units that can automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrests.
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Mother’s Day ideas at National Museums Liverpool

1 March 2016 by Laura

Mother’s Day is just round the corner. The shops are full of gift ideas but they’re not terribly inspiring or original.

The woman who gave us life, blew our noses, read us stories and waved us off to that music festival with a determined smile but unmistakable look of fear behind the eyes (…just me?), deserves something special.

So we’ve come up with a few ways to spoil your mum this year and because all mums are different we’ve tried to think of something for everyone…

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Autism Champions

15 February 2016 by Emma Duffy

three people holding the autism champions charter

Janet Dugdale, Director of waterfront venues at National Museums Liverpool, with Robin Bush, Chief Executive, Autism Together, and Christina Smith, Customer Services Co-ordinator, Liverpool John Lennon Airport

We have thousands of visitors coming to enjoy our museums and galleries every year, in fact, almost three million of you came to visit us in 2014/15! Ensuring everyone has a positive visitor experience is important to us, so I was really pleased to learn that we have signed up to be an Autism Champion under a new scheme called Connect to Autism. Read more…

A cultural Valentine’s Day

12 February 2016 by Laura

Couple in front of painting

‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ runs until 5 June. Photo © David Jones

Do you want to do something special and a little different for your Valentine? It’ll come as no surprise that we believe our museums and galleries make a wonderfully romantic date but in case you need a little more convincing here are 6 reasons why… Read more…



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