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By jove! Our members were tickled by tales of Ken Dodd!

4 December 2013 by Sam

Ken Dodd tickling Stephen with a tickling stick

Ken Dodd with photographer Stephen Shakeshaft at the exhibition opening in November

Fundraising and membership officer Sarah Houghton has news of a special event that was held for our members yesterday:

“Members enjoyed a really tattyfilarious event last night at the Museum of Liverpool. It was an evening which tantalised members with a fascinating insight into ‘The King of Knotty Ash’- Ken Dodd, to accompany the great new exhibition By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft.

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Entering this year’s Bug House photography competition? Don’t miss these top tips…

11 November 2013 by Felicity

close-up

Ready for a close-up!

Wondering how to capture that perfect shot for the Bug House photography competition? Bug House demonstrator Laura Carter shares her top tips here…

“Our Bug House photography competition is all about discovering the amazing six, eight and many legged creatures all around you and having a little fun along the way. You don’t need to go to the ends of the earth or have an expensive camera to take amazing photos. Read more…

Calling all budding bug photographers!

1 November 2013 by Felicity

A Vapourer Moth, captured on camera by Laura

A Vapourer Moth, captured on camera by Laura

The World Museum Bug Photography Competition is back! Here’s Laura Carter, our Bug House keeper, with the details…

“We’re excited to announce that our bug photography competition is relaunching! You might already have a favourite shot you’ve taken over the summer, but it’s not too late in the year to still get some nice shots of our six, eight and many-legged friends. Read more…

By Jove! It’s a competition!

30 October 2013 by Lucy

Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd (c) Stephen Shakeshaft / Liverpool Echo and Post

Next week, our exhibition of Ken Dodd photographs opens at the Museum of Liverpool.

You can visit ‘By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft’ from Friday 8 November, but a lucky few can also be part of the Private View the night before.

We have five pairs of tickets to give away for the Private View of the exhibition on Thursday 7 November from 6 – 8pm.

All you have to do to enter, is email press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk with the answer to the following question:

How many years has Ken Dodd been tickling our chuckle muscles for?

Send your answer, name and telephone number by 5pm on Monday 3 November to be in with a chance to win. Winners will be notified on Tuesday 4 November.

Good luck!

Celebrating Merseystyle

21 October 2013 by Sam

woman presenting another woman with a large framed photograph

Jan from the Caravan Gallery presenting Cassie Hodge, one of the Merseystyle competition winners, with a framed print and certificate

The Caravan Gallery’s Merseystyle exhibition closes this Sunday, 27 October, after delighting and amusing many visitors to the Museum of Liverpool.

To mark the end of the exhibition Jan and Chris, the inquisitive photographers behind the The Caravan Gallery, held a celebration event at the Museum of Liverpool to thank the many people who have been involved in the exhibition and the many associated events over the summer. Read more…

Rankin: “ALIVE was a journey of highs and lows. I’ve laughed and cried.”

4 October 2013 by Dickie

Photographer Rankin reflects on the ALIVE: In the Face of Death exhibition in our latest blog. The exhibition featured images and stories of people ‘running out of time’ and challenged our perceptions of life and death.

head and shoulders black and white photo of a man (rankin) staring at the camera

Rankin (copyright Rankin)

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April Ashley Private View competition

19 September 2013 by Lucy

Image of April Ashley

April Ashley: portrait of a lady opens Friday 27 September

Next Friday 27 September, April Ashley: portrait of a lady will open to the public at the Museum of Liverpool, in partnership with Homotopia.

We’ve had a sneak peek and it’s looking absolutely amazing, and well worth a visit.

April’s story is one that has captured the interest of many, ever since she was ‘outed’ as transsexual in the Sunday papers over 50 years ago. Since then, her life has been front page news on numerous occasions, yet her irrepressible character has carried her through, making her a true inspiration for many people around the world.

April was born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, so it’s amazing that she’ll be returning to the city of her birth to see this exhibition dedicated to her life.

You could be there too to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, at a special Private View on Thursday 26 September! We have five pairs of tickets available to win, by answering the following question:

Where did April have her gender reassignment surgery?

Please send your answer along with your name and telephone number to press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

The deadline for entries is Monday 23 September at 5pm, and winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 September.

Good luck!

 

Merseystyle photography competition winners

18 September 2013 by Sam

people sitting at a table with coffee, looking at photos

The Merseystyle competition judges

Over the summer lots of people entered our Merseystyle photography competition. As exhibition curator Sharon Brown reports, choosing the winners was a tough job for our judges:

“The exhibition Merseystyle: Photographs by the Caravan Gallery has proved very popular since it opened in the Skylight Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool on 10 May 2013.

As part of the exhibition we ran a photography competition, open to all. We asked people to send in a photograph that reflected a unique and personal view of their neighbourhood in Liverpool or Wirral, using the Caravan Gallery’s unique style as a guide.

We received a fabulous 357 entries. But who would our five winners be? Read more…

“Weirdly Wonderful” – what it meant to be part of ALIVE

13 September 2013 by Dickie

Photo of Phil next to Rankin in Walker Art Gallery in front of a large photograph of Phil.

Phil Kelly with Rankin at the ALIVE exhibition

Guest blog from Phil Kelly who was photographed by Rankin for the ALIVE: In The Face of Death exhibition. Phil has myeloma, a rare form of incurable cancer. It is a life-limiting condition but he is fighting back through music. Read more…

Disaster averted

29 August 2013 by Sam

archive photo of a ship and a tug

‘Kirriemoor’ ship in the Mersey

Curator of Photographic Archives Anne Gleave has found a photograph amongst the Maritime Archives and Library collections which depicts an incident  that occurred on this day 63 years ago: Read more…

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