Posts by Matt
In our museum we tell the story of the city of Liverpool, a city that has been shaped by people from all around the world. This year we are launching a new public session for those who might want to improve their spoken English. Jess from our education team tells us more-
“When I used to come the Museum of Liverpool on class trips as an English language teacher, I really noticed how much my students enjoyed it. They seemed really engaged in the objects and displays, and our visits often led to great conversations where they talked about a much wider range of topics than in class. I found that the museum is a great place to improve language skills, because it’s full of real and engaging collections, which help learners to connect new words to their own lived experiences. Read more…
On 26 May 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono-Lennon began their Bed-In in Montreal. The Bed-In was a new and innovative way to campaign for an end to war and to promote global peace.
To mark and celebrate 50 years since the Montreal Bed-In we would like to celebrate with a sing-in at the Museum of Liverpool on 26 May 2019. To do this we need your help and so we are inviting choirs, bands, and individual performers to come and share their songs or music inspired by the themes of love and peace on the day. If you would like to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17 May and let us know a bit about your performance and any requirements you might have.
The Montreal bed-in was initially planned to take place in the USA but John experienced visa problems and so the couple had to reschedule to Montreal, Canada. From 26 May 1969, for 7 nights, the newlywed couple invited press and media in to their bedroom. They called for global peace and an end to war. In this time they collaborated with other activists and created the peace anthem, ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which they recorded in Montreal on 1 June.
Please help us celebrate this amazing message, please get in touch.
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
IMAGINE PEACE: Think PEACE, Act PEACE, Spread PEACE.
While you’re at the Museum of Liverpool make sure you check out the original bedspread the couple sat under and the guitar John played during their bed-in. Both objects are on display in the Double Fantasy exhibition, which tells the story of this amazing couple’s relationship.
1 March 2019 by Matt
This International Women’s Day we are ‘kicking off’ a new project looking at the stories of women football fans. Researcher Jacqueline McAssey tells us more-
“In 2013, to highlight the lack of visibility of female football fans, and to give them a sense of belonging in a predominantly male dominated environment I began photographing women and girls of all ages and ethnicities at football grounds in the U.K. At the end of each season I published the photographs in a fanzine called ‘GIRLFANS’ – most recently at Celtic FC in their double-treble winning season.
As the project developed I always enjoyed talking to supporters, particularly older women; season ticket holders who travelled home and away, who still wore football shirts and who knew everything about football. They told me of the deep bonds they had made with their club, their families and friends because of football, and I felt as though these stories and experiences had not been told before. In the race to attract new fans to football I often thought of them as the forgotten supporters; the over 40s, over 60s, over 80s even.
In a 2017 interview with Mundial Magazine I talked about a new sister project; a ‘prequel’ to the original photo-fanzine. This project, ‘GIRLFANS UNTOLD’ would document the experiences of older fans who watched football before the Premier League formed in 1992, or before England won the World Cup in 1966 – as far back as possible.
It is especially significant to be able to launch this project at the Museum of Liverpool, in a city where terrace culture, terrace style and the escapades of male fans have been well documented, and are still talked about today. In an attempt to redress the issue of womens’ experiences going unheard, ‘GIRLFANS UNTOLD’ is a collection of stories by life-long female supporters of Everton, Liverpool, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United.”
On 9 March at our Girl fans kicking off event we will be showing some of the images Jacqui has already collected as well as showcasing some vintage football shirts from some favourite teams.
Kick-off is at 11am and Jacqui will be on hand to talk about her project and let you know how you can get involved. If your team has played at any point in the Premier League please come and share your experiences of what it means to be a female football fan with Jacqui.
‘GIRLFANS UNTOLD’ is supported by Liverpool John Moores University and Studio Dotto.
20 August 2018 by Matt
Summer holidays are fun at the Museum of Liverpool! From 20-27 August we will be running lots of great activities to celebrate the history of transport in Liverpool. Join us for tours exploring our Great Port Gallery, lots of fun craft activities (including the chance to make your own Lion locomotive or Ford Anglia) and the opportunity to handle and talk about some of our favourite transport related objects. Read more…
3 August 2018 by Matt
Think of the 1960s and The Beatles won’t be far from many people’s thoughts. Their appearances at the London Palladium and the Ed Sullivan Show made them nationally and then internationally famous.
While all that was happening there was another influential figure emphatically putting Liverpool on the map. Bill Shankly’s Liverpool were on the rise, playing a brand of swashbuckling football under their manager’s passionate and charismatic leadership. 1966 may be the year England won the World Cup but for us it was the year that Everton won the FA Cup and Liverpool won the league championship 3-2 against Sheffield Wednesday.
There was no denying it: Liverpool was cool. It’s that coolness that we’ll be celebrating with a week of free activities in our 1960s extravaganza from 6 August!
Make your own Ford Anglia, an iconic 1960s car made right here in Liverpool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Try your hand with real 1960s games like the Etch-a-Sketch and Spirograph from Monday through to Thursday.
Celebrating 50 years since the launch of The Beatle’s White Album by making your own album cover craft work on Tuesday and Thursday.
We’ll have handling objects for you to relive the decade with, including records, radios, toys, games, clothing, and even some things to get you remembering your school days.
5 March 2018 by Matt
This week we are celebrating International Women’s Day at the Museum of Liverpool. We are proud to say that we will be delivering an event on 10 March with the local Women’s Institute. Claire from the WI tells us more –
“To celebrate International Women’s Day and the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, Central Liverbirds Women’s Institute will be hosting a stand in the museum on Saturday 10 March from 1pm to 4pm. We will be giving short talks on four inspirational women who have impacted the lives of women on Liverpool and nationwide, as well as inviting people to meet our members and learn about our organisation and our local group.
We will be wearing period clothes while delivering our short talks on the four pioneering women: Mary Bamber, Bessie Braddock, Eleanor Rathbone and Kitty Wilkinson. All four women have strong links to Liverpool, and all individually and actively campaigned for women’s rights.
As members of the Women’s Institute, itself an organisation set up to help women in 1915 during the First World War, we think this a fabulous opportunity to link the work the WI has done over the years to celebrations of women gaining the vote and International Women’s Day. From the very beginning through its government sponsorship the WI helped to educate women in rural areas, helping them grow and preserve food to boost food supplies for the nation during the war. Our organisation has developed considerably over the years but education and skill sharing are at its heart as well as campaigning for issues that concern our members.
To be engaged in these activities on 10 March is a privilege and as a group which seeks to improve the lives of women all over the world we recognise the importance of the occasion. We are delighted to share in the celebrations of these important dates, and the milestones in women’s rights. Most of all we look forward to sharing the lives of these very special women with their strong links to Liverpool and whose impact is still felt in our lives today.”
26 January 2018 by Matt
On 10 February the Museum of Liverpool will begin its celebrations for Chinese New Year with a special day of free events organised with Liverpool’s Confucius Institute. There will be lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese traditional music and dancing. The performances will be from 1pm to 3pm. There will also be a Chinese Calligraphy workshop from 12noon to 4pm. Please come and share the day with us. Read more…