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The evolving story of Poppies: Women and War

19 May 2016 by Sam

close up detail of a bright orange poppy

© Lee Karen Stow

There is not long left to catch the incredibly moving and inspiring exhibition Poppies: Women and War, which closes on 5 June 2016 at the Museum of Liverpool before going on tour. Photographer Lee Karen Stow reflects on the exhibition and her plans for the future in her latest blog:

“As the Poppies: Women and War exhibition comes to a close at the Museum of Liverpool, so the poppy flowers begin to bud and bloom in the gardens and fields of England. I’ve planted a few seeds and plants myself this spring, to see and capture the pink, tangerine, blue and black poppies.

For this story is evolving. Read more…

Winning On the Waterfront photograph by Bernard Rose now on display

11 May 2016 by Sam Vaux

Winner, Bernard Rose with his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972, holding his original Nikon F camera he used for the photograph in 1972.

Winner, Bernard Rose with his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972, holding his original Nikon F camera he used for the photograph in 1972.

It’s been a busy week at the Museum in the lead up to LightNight this Friday, with a brand new addition now finding pride of place in our On the Waterfront exhibition.

Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972 by local photographer Bernard Rose is the winning photograph in our recent On the Waterfront photography competition, hotly deliberated by our judges from almost 500 entries.

Bernard, accompanied by his wife Enid met deputy director of Merseyside Maritime Museum, Ian Murphy to see his winning entry, which is now on display as part of the exhibition until it closes on 19 June 2016.

Bernard reveals the fascinating story behind his winning photograph Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972: Read more…

On the Waterfront photography competition winner

4 May 2016 by Sam

children running on the ferry as it goes past Liverpool's waterfront

The winning photograph – ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey 1972’ by Bernard Rose

Our competition to find a photograph to display as part of the On the Waterfront exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum attracted almost 500 entries. This meant that our three judges –  the exhibition curator Sarah Starkey, Ian Murphy, deputy director, Merseyside Maritime Museum and exhibition officer Katherine Lloyd – had a very tough but thoroughly enjoyable job to whittle these down to just one winning photograph for the exhibition.  Read more…

Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American community

18 April 2016 by Sam

picture of a girl behind rows of barbed wire

Depiction of a girl on the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial © Lee Karen Stow

As part of her ongoing research for the Poppies: Women and War project, photographer Lee Karen Stow has travelled to America. In her latest blog post from her travels, she tells of an encounter with a woman whose life was turned upside down as a result of the Second World War:

“Unexpectedly, whilst visiting Bainbridge Island in America’s Pacific North West, I met Kazuko ‘Kay’ Nakao. Now 97 years old, Kay was one of 227 Japanese-Americans forcibly removed by armed US Army soldiers from their homes on the island one morning in March 1942, to be interned in concentration camps Read more…

Remembering some remarkable women

7 April 2016 by Sam

rows of headstones in Arlington National Cemetery

© Lee Karen Stow

Photographer Lee Karen Stow has travelled to Washington DC in America for the latest stage of research for her ongoing Poppies: Women and War project. She has met and photographed many women on her travels and was also keen to pay tribute to those who are no longer with us. This brought her to Arlington National Cemetary, as she explains:

“At Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC, the final resting place for more than 400,000 military service people and veterans, a handful of notable women are buried. Read more…

Photography competition – be part of our exhibition!

24 March 2016 by Sam Vaux

The print shows two Stevedores standing inactive at the Albert Docks, Liverpool (a stevedore is someone who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships). In the middle distance a ship is moored. This image was also reproduced as a postcard.

Stevedores, Albert Dock, 1945 by Edward Chambré Hardman © National Trust Images; The Hardmans’ House, Liverpool

Could you be the next Edward Chambré Hardman? Our current On the Waterfront exhibition in the Quayside Gallery explores significant changes on Liverpool’s waterfront. Our visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Albert Dock are part of that story, and we’d like to include you in this exhibition too! Read more…

Photographic inspiration

22 March 2016 by Ann

Port Sunlight village by Ian RobertsonThe Lady Lever Art Gallery was built for the residents of Port Sunlight village and opened in 1922.  At the time residents were workers in William Hesketh Lever’s soap factory.  Over the years the village has changed but retained a strong community at heart.  It’s no longer a requirement for village residents to work for the factory and villagers come from all walks of life.

Ian Robertson, a regular visitor to the Gallery and current resident, writes on how the village and Lever’s collection have inspired him.  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…

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…



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