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1911 census

13 January 2009 by Karen

The 1911 census records for England and Wales have been made public, two years earlier than the 100 year embargo. The returns contain more information than previous years including length of marriage, the number of children in the household, any guests on the night in question and more occupational information. For the first time you can see the actual form your ancestor filled in, complete with crossings out, mistakes and any additional notes not transfered to the official enumerator’s summary. You can search them on the 1911 census website. Read more…

Loo-ney Tunes

19 November 2008 by Dawn

It’s World Toilet Day.  There’s no polite way of introducing it – you’ve just got to say it. You have to wonder who thinks these things up, but then there is a serious and worthy message about the state of the world’s sanitation to be gleaned.

Actually, museums and art galleries have formed a healthy relationship with the toilet that goes back beyond Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ or urinal.  What self-respecting museum would be caught out without the humble (or in some cases the ridiculously ornate) chamber pot? You can see one that was designed for Napoleon, no less, in the Walker’s Craft & Design Gallery. Read more…

Campaign for the Titians

24 October 2008 by Sam

I’m a bit of a fan of Titian – an artist who I must admit I knew very little about before the fantastic Titian exhibition at the National Gallery in 2003. Since then I’ve enjoyed any opportunity to see his work, so was very excited when the painting ‘Supper at Emmaus’ came to the Walker on long term loan the following year (it’s still there – have a look next time you’re in and see if you can spot the cat under the table!) Read more…

Bats about boats in Norway

30 September 2008 by Sam

Here’s a special report from our curator of port history Ian Murphy, who has just got back from Norway:


“I was lucky enough to visit the Norwegian Maritime Museum (Norsk Sjøfartsmuseum) in Oslo last week to attend the opening of their Båtfolk (Boat People) exhibition, which explores the refugee experiences of Norway’s Vietnamese communities. I’d been invited as they had loaned a Vietnamese fishing boat from the Maritime History collection at Merseyside Maritime Museum, which was a centrepiece of the display. Read more…

Lowlands Film Secrets

17 January 2008 by stepheng

photo of four people standing around a old projector and a stack of old film

Representatives of West Derby Community Association at the Antiques Roadshow. They are (l to r) Stephanie Grogan, James Ashton and Stephen Guy, with specialist Jon Baddeley at the far right.

When I, Stephen Guy, discovered a cache of films stored away unseen for more than 40 years, I wondered what to do.

I am a trustee at Lowlands, the Grade II-listed home of the West Derby Community Association, Liverpool – a superb Italianate former merchant’s mansion dating from 1846. It was the home of the basement Pillar Club where many of the major bands of the 1960s played in their early days. The Quarrymen (early Beatles) famously failed an audition there and are thought to have played in the Pillar Club once or twice as the Silver Beetles. Later they became resident band at the Casbah Club, literally over the road, at the home of drummer Pete Best. Read more…

From Preston to Pitt Rivers

26 October 2007 by Richard

Hello there! The various presentations I mentioned in my last blog post about Black History Month, volunteers and lots of talks went really well (I was not jeered anyway). The audiences were all very different and that is one of the things I like about this job. At the Harris Museum in Preston I had to speak for 30 minutes, without using a PowerPoint to hide behind, to a mixed group with several members of the Preston Black community in the audience.  It is not a large community but incredibly varied with a fascinating history. Currently on show at the museum is an exhibition called Bitter Sweet: Legacies of Sugar and Slavery in the Caribbean until March 2008. Read more…

Black History Month, volunteers and lots of talks

16 October 2007 by Richard

Well I have been silent for over a week as I have been on leave. I went back to see my family in dear old Tadcaster. I am sure you have now all seen the fantastic website which shows you that Tadcaster is an ideal holiday location. Forget about Spain, France or the USA, save on your carbon footprint and travel to Tadcaster on the Yorkshire coastliner bus from Leeds station!

The week prior to my mini break was a really interesting one. On Monday 1 October I gave the keynote speech to open Trafford Black History Month at the Imperial War Museum North. It was a diverse audience, with local schoolchildren, civic dignitaries (I had a coffee with the mayor!) and museum professionals. I talked about the development of the International Slavery Museum as well as the need for Black History Month and indeed the teaching of Black history in schools. Read more…

Rocking in Paris

11 October 2007 by Lisa

Feature wall in the 'Rock'n'Roll' 39-59' exhibition

View of the exhibition Rock’n’Roll 39-59 From June 22 to October 28, 2007 Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. Photo : André Morin

I was in Paris last weekend and went to a cool exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, an amazing glass fronted building near Montparnasse cemetery (I had just been to visit the graves of Samuel Beckett, Serge Gainsbourg and Charles Baudelaire). The exhibition was ‘Rock’n'Roll 39-59′, which looked at the birth and evolution of rock’n'roll in the USA from its blues, jazz and gospel roots, right up to the late ’50′s.

I really liked the huge screen with comfy bean-bags you could lie on while watching footage of stars like Chuck Berry and of course Elvis, in a film that told the whole story of rock’n'roll. It made you realise just how crazy singers like Jerry Lee Lewis were and how shocking he probably was in his time. Of course Little Richard seems pretty odd now, so imagine his impact on audiences in the 1950′s! Though where were the female performers? I like Wanda Jackson and she wasn’t in the film, though she was in the music pods that we listened to later on. We also saw some priceless objects, such as the actual guitar that Elvis used during his first recordings at Sun Records!  Read more…

Christ discovered in Manchester while the Scapegoat visits Ghent

5 October 2007 by Sam

Painting 'Christ discovered in the Temple'

‘Christ Discovered in the Temple’ by Simone Martini

Sharp eyed visitors may have noticed that a few of our paintings are not on display in their usual places in the Walker and Lady Lever Art Galleries. Don’t worry, they haven’t gone forever, they are just out on loan to other galleries. Our works of art are always in demand and this autumn is no exception, with National Museums LIverpool making significant loans to three major exhibitions.

The Walker’s Simone Martini painting Christ Discovered in the Temple is one of 18 items from our collections, including paintings, frescoes, ceramics and stoneware, that are now on display just down the M62 in the Art Treasures in Manchester exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. Another eight paintings have been lent to the Millais exhibition at Tate Britain down in London. Read more…

Picture perfect Pendleburys

24 September 2007 by Sam

Nathan in the exhibition 'Begin'

Nathan Pendlebury with one of his paintings

We’ve mentioned before that several of our staff lead exciting creative double lives outside office hours. Take Nathan Pendlebury for example. By day he works in our photography department and by night he takes highly acclaimed photographs of his own, some of which were recently selected for the 2007 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition at the Agora Gallery in New York. He’s also an abstract artist whose paintings have been widely exhibited.

Anyone wondering where he gets his artistic streak from needs to look no further than the Liverpool Academy of Arts on Seel Street, where Nathan’s work is being shown until 5 October as part of a joint exhibition ‘Begin’ with his dad Tony. This is the first time that they have exhibited together and is a fascinating body of work. While each artist has his own distinct style, their work complements the other’s beautifully, as you would expect from a pair who have worked so closely and inspired each other. There’s even a painting that they worked on together. Read more…

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