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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…

The Irish Connection

16 March 2012 by Lucy

Tomorrow is one of my favourite days of the year (except for Christmas and Derby Day). It’s St Patrick’s Day, and if you’re not in Ireland, Liverpool really is one of the best places to celebrate.

The early 19th Century saw half a million Irish people settle in the city, and the country’s music and culture has thrived here ever since. So much so, that we have our own Irish Festival, which takes place in October each year. Read more…

Liverpool Doors now open

24 February 2012 by Sam

Roger McGough by poetry-covered doors

Roger McGough in the workshop with some of the doors for the exhibition

The latest exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Doors, combines the creative talents of Poetry Society President Roger McGough, book binder and artist Mark Cockram and the students at Liverpool John Moores University, to magical effect. The instalation of doors from across the city – transformed by the team and covered in verse, random objects and lashings of humour – has been described as delightful, “amusing, engaging and very Liverpool” by Seven Streets.

The exhibition opens at 10am today and there is a special gallery talk by Mark Cockram at 2pm.

There will also be a special Private View at the Museum of Liverpool to celebrate the opening on the evening of Thursday 1 March and we have five pairs of tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, just fill in your details on this contact form and send it to us by the closing date – Wednesday 29 February at 12noon. Read more…

Peace of mind at Sudley House

13 August 2010 by Lisa

Here is the Senior Education Manager for all our art galleries, Nicky Fawcett, to tell us about some of the important community work that goes on at Sudley House…

Gallery with mannequins

Image by Simon Breedon.

Sudley House has been providing a safe and welcoming setting for a range of people dealing with mental health issues for a while now. We have developed an ongoing partnership with Mersey Care NHS Trust and every year they use our Learning Suite to deliver a series of art projects for those who use their services. Two of the facilitators of the group are Sue Williams and Steve Rooney – from TAG (The Artists Group). We also worked with them on an exhibition called ‘unfolding’ in 2008. This featured amazing paper sculptures inspired by their work with former patients of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre at Mossley Hill Hospital.

Our Visitor Services staff at Sudley House do a great job in supporting the group and we always aim to exhibit the work produced. Last week we held an event to celebrate a mini costume display that you can see in the picture above. Ralph Killey was part of this group and spoke passionately about how much the project had helped him. He wrote a fantastic poem, which I’d like to share with you, below. Ralph also has a slot reading his work on the Linda Mac show on Radio Merseyside every month. 
Our Painting Session. Where’s my Depression? Read more…

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