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A year in blogs – our top 5 stories from 2015!

31 December 2015 by Lisa

Mother and sons with Jubilee decorations

Silver Jubilee street party, June 1977, Old Swan, Liverpool

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re looking back on some of the most popular stories from the blog this year. We began the year by revealing how the Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait was used as inspiration for the costumes in BBC drama series, ‘Wolf Hall’ – and we ended the year with our celebrations at World Museum for the amazing blast off of Tim Peake!

But which are the stories that have captured your imagination this year? Here are are the top five stories from our blog that you’ve been enjoying the most in 2015… *drum roll please*

5. Is this you in the photograph?

Curator, Kay Jones, tries to find out the identity of the children  in this  photograph (above) from the Museum of Liverpool‘s collections. Is this you at a Silver Jubilee street party in June 1977, in Old Swan, Liverpool?

4. On the Waterfront

Another photograph, this time from the Maritime archives, got you very excited as we received lots of comments for our curator, Sarah Starkey. Sarah chose an image of George’s Dock (from about 1874) as her favourite from the On the Waterfront exhibition, which is on at the Merseyside Maritime Museum until 19 June 2016.

Chris Stevens in his studio.

Chris Stevens in his studio.

3. “…a collection of my favourite contemporary British paintings”

In this guest blog, curator and artist Chris Stevens took us behind the scenes of ‘REALITY’ at the Walker,  a varied exhibition of striking – and at times gritty – paintings, by some of the most exciting new and established names in British art.

2. Exciting plans for World Museum’s Ancient Egypt galleries

We revealed plans for a massive new project to develop our popular Ancient Egypt galleries at World Museum, which are now closed until autumn 2016. You were keen to read about the new ‘Mummy room’ and find out how the galleries will be restored, as we bring back the grandeur that was lost when the Museum was hit by a bomb during World War II .

German wartime identity card with portrait photo of a Black woman

1. Black Germans and the Holocaust

Our ‘most read’ blog of 2015 came from Professor Eve Rosenhaft from the University of Liverpool. Professor Rosenhaft gave us an insight into the stories of the families and individuals of African descent, who were in Germany during World War II. A moving and revealing read.


So that is what grabbed your attention in 2015 – we think you’ll agree that’s a pretty varied list of stories from our blog. Here’s to more interesting behind the scenes stories from our museums and galleries in 2016. In the meantime, we’d like to wish you a happy new year!

  1. Julie Howard says:

    Hi, I am the lady in the photograph of the Silver Jubilee in Ulster Road, Old Swan. I am thrilled to have seen this in the Echo.
    My name was Julie Scott I was 17 years old and the 2 boys are my nephews Lee and Shaun Deens. I lived in 11 Ulster Road.
    This has made my day and I will be happy to give you any further information that I can.
    Julie Howard

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Julie, we’re really glad you found out about our appeal to find you! Lovely to hear from you – we look forward to finding out more about the photograph and your family. Best wishes, Lisa.

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