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Beth Tweddle cast as a work of art

13 March 2013 by Sam

Beth Tweddle with her sculpture

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle doesn’t seem to have stood still since winning a bronze medal at London 2012. She became queen of the ice on Sunday, skating to victory in Dancing on Ice with a breathtaking Bolero. This morning she was back home in Liverpool to unveil a new sculpture, with has literally cast her in a much stiller moment.

The limited edition sculpture, ‘Olympian Series II – Beth Tweddle MBE’, which belongs to a private collector, is on temporary display at the Museum of Liverpool. If you come to see it then do pop upstairs to the Wondrous Place gallery, where there is a Locker Stories display about Beth’s gymnastic career. Read more…

The not so beautiful game

29 October 2012 by Richard

Fans watch a football match

Racism still exists in football despite initiatives like Kick it out.


Surely I’m not the only one to have a feeling of déjà vu? In January of this year I wrote a blog about allegations of racist abuse in football which had overshadowed various anti-racism campaigns and initiatives such as Kick It Out. Well here we are again, same old, same old.  Is it too much to ask that those people in the higher echelons of English and European football finally take firm and decisive action around blatant racism on the terraces and on the pitch? 
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Olympian achievements

16 August 2012 by Richard

photo of museum display

Jesse Owens on the International Slavery Museum’s Fight for Freedom and Equality Wall ©Lee Garland


I could not miss the opportunity of an Olympic themed blog.  I enjoyed these past few weeks (I now know about ippon and not to pop out of the room before the 50m freestyle) and am looking forward to the Paralympics. That being said, I am not sure whether the Olympics warranted the lead news item most evenings.   The world does not put everything on hold for such events.

On several occasions the discussion focused on the achievements of Black athletes, in particular sprinters form the Caribbean and the US. A recent programme which featured Olympian Michael Johnson called Survival of the Fastest looked at whether African American and Caribbean athletes are successful as a result of a legacy of transatlantic slavery. Johnson met sport and science experts and leading historians to examine the link between transatlantic slavery, genetics and plantation ‘breeding programmes’. Did the physical stature of many enslaved Africans forced to carry out backbreaking and deadly physical labour have a role to play in altering the genomes of their descendants? Read more…

Sport and the Sea

2 August 2012 by Sarah Starkey

Photograph of people using gym equipment, 1930s

Anchor Line brochure for vessels Cilacia and Circassia showing on-board gym (cropped), reference SAS/33F/1/4.

I do enjoy cycling, so the last few weeks have been fantastic. Not the weather, unfortunately, but watching the exploits of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish and David Millar et al. in the Tour de France and the Olympics.  All topped off with yesterday’s brilliant time trial.  The Maritime Archives & Library are celebrating the Olympics with an online exhibition Sport and the Sea which includes images of on-board sports facilities such as this rather uncomfortable looking gym on the Anchor Line vessels Cilacia and Circassia from the 1930s. Read more…

Rowing Success at the Olympics

2 August 2012 by Rebecca

Liverpool Rowing club

Sir Steve Redgrave unveils Olympic Gold at Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club in 1985. Reproduced with kind permission of Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club

Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History reports:

Yesterday Team GB got their first rowing medals.  Congratulations to Heather Glover and Helen Stanning, who won gold in the women’s pair.  And with the rowing eight “Olympic Gold” on display in the Racing For Gold Olympic themed display, we were keeping a special eye on the men’s eight race. And Great Britain’s men did fantastically well in securing a bronze medal.  The rowing eights take about five minutes to travel the two thousand metres of an Olympic race, and the eight rowers have to be guided by a cox who steers the boat.  You can see film footage of rowing eights being rowed locally by Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club members in the Racing for Gold exhibition, and also online in the Olympic section of our website. Read more…

100 days to go until the Games begin!

18 April 2012 by Lucy

Today marks 100 days until the Olympics, and as the Games creep ever closer, we’re looking back at some of the medal winners who have come out of Merseyside since the first international Olympic Games held in the modern era.

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, yielded a bronze medal winner from Liverpool in the form of Konstantinos Paspatis, who actually won his medal for Greece.

Held in the Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens was unanimously chosen as the host city, as Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games and therefore seemed most appropriate for the inaugural modern Games. Read more…

Fighting for Gold

31 January 2012 by Sam

women boxers in Sierra Leone

Admire Mansaray, Sarah Johnson and Grace Brown of the Sierra Leone Women’s Boxing team in boxing stance. Copyright Lee Karen Stow

It’s all happening at the International Slavery Museum at the mo, with an exciting weekend ahead in the Docklands Extravaganza (keep an eye on the blog for more news about that soon). Hot on the heels of the announcement that the new Capoeira Club will start in March, Vikky Evans Hubbard has news of a great free talk next week: 

 The International Slavery Museum, Liverpool is currently hosting an exhibition called ’42’ Women of Sierra Leone by the photographer Lee Karen Stow. Lee has been photographing and championing the women of Sierra Leone for several years, forming strong friendships with many of them. The exhibition is called 42, not only because it  is made up of 42 portraits of women, but because the average life expectancy for a woman in Sierra Leone is just 42.  During her time there Lee encountered the Sierra Leone Women’s Boxing team and began not only photographing them, but a mission to get them recognised by the Sierra Leone sports council and into the 2012 Olympics. ‘Fighting for Gold’  are the photographs that came out of it.  For her next project she started to document women’s boxing in Hull. The  powerful photographs, ‘Girls in the Ring’ were the result. ‘Girls in the Ring’ features female boxers from across the clubs in Yorkshire, including Nicola Adams from Leeds, ranked third in the world and a London 2012 hopeful, and 82-year-old Barbara Buttrick, born in Cottingham in 1930, and who became the world’s first women’s professional boxing champion.  This project has been awarded the 2012 Inspire Mark. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

‘Girls in the Ring’ is a photographic look at the growing number of amateur female boxers. Lee initiated the project around the time the International Olympic Committee made the decision to lift the ban on women’s boxing for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games.

The decision shows how far women’s boxing has come. According to the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) the number of registered female members (including boxers, coaches and officials) in the ABAE has risen from 50 in 2005 to 868 and there are approximately 16,000 females aged 16 years and over who participate in boxing in some form.
Lee will be talking about both projects at International Slavery Museum on Thursday 9 February, 5.30pm. This is a free event, please ring 0151 478 4456 to reserve a place. Read more…

One game, one clear message needed

6 January 2012 by Richard

people watching football match at Leeds

Crowds prepare to watch the action at Elland Road, Leeds

In 2008 I wrote a blog about my experiences as a Leeds United fan and how Elland Road in the early 80s was a haven of racist abuse and bigotry, usually aimed at opposing Black and Asian players and fans.  I explained how I felt uncomfortable when hundreds of people chanted something racist but at the same time I refused to leave or walk away.  I had as much right as anyone to be there, I was a Black Yorkshireman and proud of it.
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Going for gold!

12 September 2011 by Lucy

On Friday, we were lucky enough to welcome a special visitor to the Wondrous Place Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool.

Curator Paul Gallagher met wrestler Henry Cejudo from the USA, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing. He is the youngest American wrestler to ever win gold for his country.

Henry Cejudo with Paul Gallagher

Olympic Gold medallist wrestler Henry Cejudo from the USA meets Wondrous Place curator Paul Gallagher

Henry is currently touring the North of the UK to get a taste of the country ahead of the London Olympics next year. Read more…

Creating our own Derby Day

25 October 2010 by Lucy

Recently we updated the blog with news of how filming’s going for our football immersive experience Kicking and Screaming in the new Museum of Liverpool, and now it’s your chance to get involved.

Two young actors

TJ and Charlie, two of the young actors who appear throughout the film in the Kicking and Screaming football immersive

A film about football in Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without an insight into ‘Derby Day’, and soon we will be recreating our very own with the help of reds and blues across the city.

It’s true to say that football can unite, but many families across Merseyside are split down the middle, with some members supporting one team, and others pledging allegiance to another. Read more…

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