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Poetic Past

28 September 2017 by Liz

people looking at poetry display in museum

Discover the Liverpool poets in our Wondrous Place gallery. Image © Dave Jones

“Much have I trowelled in the realms of holes”
Liz (after John Keats!)

As we celebrate National Poetry Day it occurs to me that archaeology is a discipline which is romanticised and mused-upon by poets. Read more…

50 years of Mersey Sound

13 April 2017 by Victoria

book cover 'The Mersey Sound'

‘The Mersey Sound’ is a collection of poems by Liverpudlian poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.

It was hugely successful when first published 50 years ago in 1967. Fueled by the craze for The Beatles and ‘Mersey Beat’, the ‘Liverpool Poets’ flourished.

Through their books and live recordings they cemented poetry within popular culture reaching a wider and younger audience than their predecessors and more traditional contemporaries. The book sold over 500,000 copies and it became one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time.

The poems are accessible and unpretentious. They touch on the ordinary and the extraordinary with all the flavour of a John Lennon lyric and open up a world of poetry which uses familiar words to tell illuminating stories. It was, and still remains, poetry for all people.

At the Museum of Liverpool we have a cherished selection of objects on display about the great Liverpool poets in the writers section of our Wondrous Place gallery including an original copy of ‘The Mersey Sound’.  Read more…

World Poetry Day 2017

16 March 2017 by Sophia

people looking at poetry display in museum

Discover the Liverpool poets in our Wondrous Place gallery. Image © Dave Jones

Inspired by my interest in the Liverpool Beat Poets and driven by my love of poetry, on Tuesday 21 March I will be celebrating World Poetry Day at the Museum of Liverpool with some special free events.

I will be taking a closer look at the poets who are featured in the Wondrous Place gallery at 11am and 1pm , delivering talks about Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri – the beat poets who shot to fame with the compelling poetry anthology book The Mersey Sound(1967) selling 500,000 copies.  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…

The poetry of the Albert Dock

24 February 2016 by Emma Walmsley

group photo of school children on stage

This year we held some creative writing workshops linked to the On the Waterfront exhibition at the Maritime Museum. The imaginative pupils from St Vincent de Paul Primary School have indeed come up trumps with their wonderful work produced in response to the exhibition at the Maritime Museum! After their very successful visit to the museum back in January, they followed up their new found knowledge of Liverpool’s maritime past with creative writing sessions back in the classroom with John Hughes from The Windows ProjectRead more…

Last chance to see L8 Unseen

1 September 2015 by Andrew

Tommy Calderbank

A still of Tommy Calderbank from the film of his poetry reading

All good things must come to an end. Sunday 6 September  is your last chance to visit (or revisit) the L8 Unseen exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

Striking large-scale images taken by photographer Othello De’Souza-Hartley, sit alongside interactive displays that reveal the stories and experiences of a diverse range of people from the Liverpool 8 community.  Read more…

Maya Angelou: a soulful life

30 May 2014 by Richard

Maya Angelou at TSGHello,

Sadly, the great poet, author and activist Maya Angelou – born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928 has passed.  She opened the Transatlantic Slavery gallery (predecessor to the International Slavery Museum) in 1994. Tony Tibbles, who later became the Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, worked closely on the development of the groundbreaking gallery and wrote an interesting article on how it came to be.   He notes how they persuaded Maya Angelou to attend the opening and indeed we still have a plaque in our collection which marks this unique event.  Read more…

A walk down Memory Lane

19 November 2013 by Dawn

An older couple looking at objects in a museum gallery

Image by Mark McNulty.

Recently we received a lovely letter from Ellesmere Port & Neston Live at Home Scheme, telling us how much they had enjoyed their trip and lunch at the Museum of Liverpool.

The Museum runs memory walks for older people and a loan service which enables carers to borrow memory suitcases, as an addition to the House of Memories dementia training programme.

We were thrilled that they also shared a poem with us, written by one of their lunch club members, Roy Hammett: Read more…

Remaking the World: writing a new poem for ‘Telling Tales’

29 August 2013 by Angela

Monkey figure from telling tales exhibition

Here’s a blog from Liverpool-based poet, Eleanor Rees who has been collecting stories and tales from visitors to our ‘Telling Tales’ exhibition.

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Knock knock!

22 April 2013 by Sam

hand written poem

Liverpool’s creative talent is celebrated in the displays and exhibitions at the Museum of Liverpool. One exhibition in particular has inspired a poetic response, as Claire Hunter, assistant curator of urban history, explains:

“We have had a very creative response to the ‘Liverpool Doors’ exhibition, which is currently on display at Museum of Liverpool.

‘Liverpool Doors’ is an artistic collaboration between legendary poet Roger McGough, book artist Mark Cockram and students from Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design. Doors from across the city were kindly donated to Roger in order to create this unique display of art and poetry. Read more…



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