Posts tagged with 'social history'
You may not know this, but in 1790, only seven years after winning its independence from Britain, the United States of America chose Liverpool as the site for its first ever consulate. The city’s growing transatlantic trade made it a vital partner for the USA, keen to exploit further commercial opportunities with Liverpool, Britain and beyond. Read more…
I don’t remember the first time I heard about my Maroon ancestry, Mother would talk about Jamaica often, stories about farming, school or just sitting on the veranda watching the sun set but the Maroon heritage heartened every story. Bump Grave, the blowing of the abeng, warriors disguised as trees; stories of real people, their customs and traditions passed down to me through my Mother. I do remember feeling the immense pride in belonging to a group of such resilient, resourceful and spirited people. Read more…
15 April 2014 by Lucy
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.
Across Liverpool, people will be paying their respects by taking part in a minute’s silence at 3:06pm, the time the match was abandoned on 15 April, 1989.
All National Museums Liverpool venues will be recognising the minute’s silence.
11 April 2014 by Lucy
15 April 2014 will mark 25 years since 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Hillsborough during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
The Museum of Liverpool – dedicated to telling the story of Liverpool and its people – is commemorating this date for all to see, recognising its significance and the city’s united grief for those who were lost but will never be forgotten. Read more…
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…