Posts tagged with 'social history'
7 February 2014 by Kay
February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans History Month. To help represent and celebrate the lives and achievements of Liverpool’s LGBT community we are highlighting this story of Private William Mason, a King’s Liverpool Regiment soldier who served in the First World War.
Aged just 19, William Mason committed suicide in July 1916. William, from Birkenhead, had enlisted the previous year in Liverpool. He is one of almost 80,000 soldiers listed on our Kings Regiment World War I database. The following information is taken from a Liverpool Echo article, Tuesday 18 July, 1916, featured on the database. Read more…
23 January 2014 by Lucy
On 27 January each year, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked to remember the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
In partnership with the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) there will be a variety of talks and tours taking place between 11am and 4pm, with a particular focus on memories of the Kindertransport. Read more…
17 December 2013 by Kay
In 2007, Craig, a Lance Corporal with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, led his men during a rooftop battle with insurgents in Basra. The 21 year-old was blinded by an exploding rocket-propelled grenade. After many months in hospital he recovered from his injuries but did not regain his sight. Read more…
10 December 2013 by Kay
Jack Brunel Cohen was born in 1886. He was the Jewish great-nephew of Liverpool department store owner David Lewis. Jack and two of his brothers fought with the 5th Battalion, King’s Regiment during the First World War. He was wounded in action at Ypres and had both of his legs amputated. Read more…
25 November 2013 by Kay
UK Disability History Month is celebrated every year 22nd November-22nd December.
The theme for this year is ‘Celebrating our Struggle for Independent Living: No Return to Institutions or Isolation’.
Objects and people’s stories on display in the Museum of Liverpool will be featured on this blog throughout the month to celebrate.
The first is Mary’s story, which is featured in the Growing Up and Growing Older section of The People’s Republic gallery.
Mary discusses her life as a blind person and the limited expectations other people have of disabled people. (This is a shortened version of what is on display).
“I was born at the Women’s Hospital in August 1950, three months premature. I grew up in Aigburth. It was considered advisable that disabled children should go to school, mostly residential schools early as it was felt that parents couldn’t properly meet their needs, and they would be better socialised. I started school aged three at St Vincent’s. Most of the children lived in. Very few went home each weekend, like me, as it was frowned upon. I was taught Braille. The education was pretty abysmal. Most paritally-sighted children leaving school went into factory or shop work. It was expected they would have children. Those of us without sight weren’t expected to have children or relationships. Read more…
7 March 2013 by Kay
It is International Women’s Day tomorrow and we are celebrating all week with various talks and events at the Museum of Liverpool.
Today’s talk, ‘Our Amazing Liverpool Women’ at 3pm will include many inspirational women featured across the museum. Just one example is Catherine Harvey, who aged 24 was one of 25 women to join the 1981 People’s March for Jobs to protest against injustice and to demand the right to work. You can see the sash, which Catherine made and wore on the march on display in The People’s Republic gallery. Read more…
22 January 2013 by Kay
Yesterday the Museum of Liverpool hosted ‘Never Forget’, a Holocaust Memorial Event in partnership with the Liverpool Association of Jewish Refugees. It was a very moving day where holocaust survivors, including Inge Goldrein who came to Liverpool aged 8 on the Kindertransport from Vienna, told us their experiences.
At the end of the day Dr Sylvia Jayson presented a special tablecloth to the Museum of Liverpool, which she had personally embroidered with the names of 42 Holocaust survivors who came to Merseyside. It is a wonderful addition to the museum’s collections and will help to ensure that their stories are never forgotten. Read more…
31 July 2012 by Lucy
On Friday, we hosted a very special event, marking the beginning of an exciting project that will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.
The event led by Homotopia Liverpool, took place to announce the ground-breaking project that will tell the story of the life of Miss April Ashley, utilising her unique collection of photographs, letters and personal documents supplemented with archive materials from Liverpool records Office, National Museums Liverpool and other sources.
April attended the event herself, and took part in a Q&A session with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips, which inspired everyone who came along to hear about the project and April’s life. Read more…
24 January 2012 by Sam
Curator Bill Longshaw has this news of a new display and event for Hollocaust Memorial Day:
“In December the Museum of Liverpool was delighted to accept a Holocaust Memorial Book into its collection. The book, created by Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), tells the stories of many of the children who escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s and settled in Liverpool.
We were presented with the book at the AJR’s annual Hanukkah party. It was a fantastic afternoon, with traditional Jewish food and music and it was a privilege to meets some of the refugees who settled here more that seventy years ago. Read more…
12 August 2011 by Kay
This silver porringer was presented to Percy R Agnew for services rendered as a special constable at the Liverpool branch of the Bank of England, Castle Street during the 1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike.
Despite the massive police presence in the city, they were under such pressure that many men acted as special constables, 40 of whom were from the Bank’s Liverpool branch. Due to the mass rallies of Liverpool people who came out in support of the strike, reinforcements had to be sent from other parts of the country. Read more…