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Share a moment at a museum this Valentine’s Day

9 February 2017 by Laura

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Lady Lever Art Gallery makes a perfect destination for a romantic date this Valentine’s. Image © Pete Carr

It’s that time of the year again… when I try and convince you to give something money can’t buy this Valentine’s Day – the pleasure of your company in surroundings full of beauty, culture and history. Read more…

Love is in the Liverpool air!

8 February 2017 by Eleanor Webster

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Sweethearts and Wives by John Ingle Lee greeting card, £2.50

Valentine’s Day is famous for corny gifts, cheesy cards and overpriced flowers, and while some of you may love anything remotely romantic, we prefer unique and meaningful gifts with a twist. We have shops in five of National Museums Liverpool’s venues all offering a different array of gifts, meaning there is something on offer for everyone, love or hate the most romantic day of the year.

You might just want to say it with a card, like this lovely Sweethearts and Wives design, but for those who are struggling to find the perfect present for their loved one, look no further than our gift guide, with products available to buy online now.

 

 

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New Year, New Jewellery!

30 December 2016 by Stacey

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Shrieking Violet Mixed Flowers Bracelet, £45 available online and from Walker Art Gallery and Museum of Liverpool

Post-Christmas sale shopping is always manic and we think it’s better to treat yourself to something you really want, rather than making impulse buys you might regret later.

With this in mind, our retail team have been selecting beautiful, high-quality gifts that reflect the artistry and creativity of our museums and galleries. Throughout the year, they have been busy sourcing new jewellery so that ladies from across the Liverpool region can sparkle in 2017. They have come across some fantastic jewellery companies based in the UK, each with their own individual story. Below Karen Taylor, our Assistant Merchandising Manager, tells us more about these unique jewellery suppliers and picks her favourites from each hand-crafted collection.

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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…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

28 November 2016 by Stacey

liverpool-liverbirds-red-blue-ceramicIt’s less than a month to go until Christmas day and we’re beginning to get more serious about our Christmas shopping lists to try and avoid any last minute buying. Thankfully, as Scousers we are always very proud of our city so great Liverpool-themed gifts are always a huge hit! Here’s our guide to the perfect Scouse gifts your friends and family will love to find under the tree this year…

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Fantastic Gifts and Where to Find Them

18 November 2016 by Stacey

museum-shop-harry-potter-productsLiverpudlians with a passion for Harry Potter will no doubt be aware that our city has played a part in the hugely successful film franchise, with cast and crew visiting Liverpool back in 2009 to film scenes for The Deathly Hallows Part 1 in our very own Queensway Tunnel. Fans of the wizarding world may also know that in early 2016, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Limited loaned Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar to Museum of Liverpool, as part of our Reel Stories: Liverpool and the Silver Screen exhibition. While unfortunately we could only keep this fantastic piece of local film history until June this year, fans will be delighted to know that our shop at Museum of Liverpool still has a range of magical gifts on offer to anyone who may be looking for a perfect Potter piece this Christmas. Read more…

Deck the halls!

9 November 2016 by Stacey

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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

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‘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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Top five gift picks for Animal Mummies Revealed

14 October 2016 by Stacey

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Egyptian Bast Cat Plush Toy

Animal Mummies Revealed opens at World Museum today, and alongside the exhibits on display, there’s the perfect range of gifts and souvenirs to take away from our pop up shop on gallery.

We are really excited by the exhibition, Retail Assistant Merchandising Manager, Karen Taylor particularly. She studied Egyptology prior to joining the museum and used her insight and passion to select the gifts for visitors to the exhibition. Here are Karen’s top five picks.

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Toymark award for Museum of Liverpool shop

7 October 2016 by Stacey

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Hannah McColgan, Retail Operations Manager blogs about the Museum of Liverpool’s very own toy story:

“Last week the Museum of Liverpool was thrilled to be awarded a Toymark Award for Good Practice 2016 by consumer action group Let Toys Be Toys, in recognition of how all toys and books in our shops are offered to both boys and girls regardless of the item’s gender stereotype.

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