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Liverpool’s Dancing Queen!

22 November 2019 by Lisa Peatfield

Norah standing with dance students

Image courtesy of Norah Button

The Museum of Liverpool’s oral history project, Liverpool Voices, collects and preserves the stories of Liverpool and its people. As part of this project we recently recorded Liverpool resident Norah Button talking about her pioneering work at the Liverpool Theatre School on Aigburth Road.

Norah took over the running of the Liverpool Theatre School, founded during the Second World War by her grandmother, Anastasia Morrisey, when she was just 15 years old. She told us how she combined her own dance training with running the school and taking on paid work to support her family following the death of her father. “I knew I had to get a job but I still wanted to train [as a dancer] so I got a job, you mention it, I got it: canteen assistant, cleaning, washing glasses in the priests’ house, all sorts”. Attracted by its £100 prize money Norah also entered and won the 1962 Miss Liverpool beauty pageant. She went on to win numerous other beauty competitions, using the prize money to support herself and the school. Read more…

Welcoming the Chinese new year of the pig

5 February 2019 by Ann

Happy Chinese New Year!

As we say farewell to the year of the dog and welcome the year of the pig we are looking forward to our annual celebrations at the gallery.  Did you know we have two galleries dedicated to Lord Lever’s Chinese ceramics which highlight his collection of 17th and 18th century porcelain which dates back to the 2nd century BCE ? Read more…

Museum Dance Off – we need your votes!

18 April 2018 by Matt

Face in cut out

Museum of Liverpool’s Museum Dance Off entry 2018 was inspired by exhibition, Tales from the city.

The education team at the Museum of Liverpool have always held a secret talent for dance (honest!). Read more…

Elroy Josephz: “The most charismatic and wonderful teacher”

12 February 2014 by Dickie

Image of man in dance pose with museum cases showing off items such as a hat

Display about dance great Elroy Josephz at the International Slavery Museum (on show until 23 March 2014)

The late, great, Elroy Josephz would have been 75 next week (20 February). He came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s and went on to change the way dancers and choreographers thought about movement. Elroy was a dancer, actor, producer, and teacher. Here, one of Elroy’s former students remembers him fondly as mentor and friend. Read more…

The magic of Elroy Josephz – “The more we find out, the more fascinating he becomes.”

31 December 2013 by Dickie

Guest curator Ramsay Burt on the visitor response to our British dance: Black routes exhibition which looks at the experience of Black British dancers including the late, great, Elroy Josephz.

Dance legend Elroy Josephz bare chested dancing on stage

Elroy Josephz. Photo from Elroy Josephz archive coutesy of Sue Lancaster and Steve Mulrooney.

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New exhibition celebrating Black British dancers

6 September 2013 by Lucy Johnson

A dancer from the Jiving Lindy Hoppers performing at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

This week we have been taking down Oil Boom, Delta burns: photographs by George Osodi at the International Slavery Museum. It’s always sad to see a display close, but also a chance to put up an exciting, new exhibition! Read more…



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