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Museum of Liverpool wins family friendly award

12 November 2019 by Megan

Pictured at the awards ceremony L-R: Julia Bryan, Senior Education Manager, Melody Sparks, Visitor Assistant, Philp Mould, art dealer, broadcaster and host, Chris Kerfoot, Education Team Leader, Museum of Liverpool. © Jayne Lloyd

Some of the team at the Museum of Liverpool were recently invited along to the Kid’s in Museums award ceremony in London. Chris Kerfoot, Education Team Leader takes us through the nomination process and the excitement of the awards.

Acknowledgement can be so powerful and inspiring. Earlier this year, over 800 museums, galleries and heritage attractions across Great Britain were nominated by the public for the Family Friendly Museum Awards 2019. These annual prizes are awarded by the charity Kids in Museums.

From over 800 nominations, fifteen venues were chosen as finalists, amongst them National Museums Liverpool had two venues nominated, World Museum and Museum of Liverpool. The finalists were invited to the Mayfair Hotel in London for the announcement of the winners.

The awards are described as the ‘Baftas of the Museum World’ and venues were split into categories depending upon their visitor numbers for the judging. All the finalists received certificates presented by television broadcaster and President of Kids in Museums Philip Mould. Then the winners in each category were announced.

The winner of the Large Museum category was Museum of Liverpool.

Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award

This wonderful accolade is testament to all the wonderful teams working at the Museum of Liverpool now, in the past and in the developing stages of our Museum. Together we have faced many challenges along the way but have triumphed to be regarded as one of the most family friendly museums in the country.

Thank you to all those people who nominated the Museum of Liverpool, thank you to all the judges, we are glad you enjoyed your visits and thank you for acknowledging all our hard work. We welcome everybody to our Museum and are particularly happy that families feel particular welcome. You are all very welcome to share our Museum and remember acknowledging others can be so important and heartening.

Easter at the Museums

22 March 2018 by Megan

Hop along to your local museum for a free dose of Easter fun! We have a fantastic selection of events, activities and new exhibitions there’s something for everyone to be ‘egg-cited’ about at National Museums Liverpool this Easter. Read more…

Black History Month and family events

6 October 2017 by Sarah

Yazz Vanducci, author of this blog – is an Education Demonstrator at the Museum. Here’s Yazz laying out items for a family session about the Museum and the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade!

This week’s blog is by Yazz Vanducci, Education Demonstrator at the Museum. It highlights our events for Black History Month, as well as updating you on what’s happening for families! –

“What a busy time it’s been for the team at the International Slavery Museum! Firstly, we celebrated Slavery Remembrance Day (our 18th one) on 23 August and now we are in Black History Month.

Before I mention what’s going on for Black History Month, I would like to tell you some the new and exciting projects our team have been working on.

These include new family sessions exploring African myths and legends where we look at the many different stories from all over Africa and then create some of the characters from the stories.

You can also come to our gallery and learn about the Underground Railroad and some of the heroic journeys that people undertook as well as the people themselves like Harriet Tubman and William and Ellen Craft. Read more…

Illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman talks Manga

25 July 2017 by Jo Keenan

Manga Girls by Sally-Anne Hickman

Sally-Anne Hickman is an illustrator who began creating comics in 2001.

She will be delivering two Manga workshops for young people aged 13 years + and adults at the Gallery on 6 August and 9 September as part of the Edo Pop: Japanese Prints exhibition.

Read more…

1856 time capsule – connecting the Abbott family across the generations

2 October 2015 by Kay

photo of 3 women

Sisters Caryl Woof, Susan Towler and Anne Lurcott (Sarah’s mother). Their mother, Dorothy, was Florence’s daughter.

Back in June we put a special time capsule on display which gave us a fascinating glimpse of Liverpool life in 1856. Originally laid on 9 December, 1856 in the foundation stone of the workshop, warehouse and showroom of Abbott’s Cabinet Makers, it was rediscovered by builder John Connell during renovation work at the ‘Scandinavian Hotel’, on the corner of Nelson Street earlier this year.

Sarah Light, from West Sussex, heard about the display and got in touch to tell us that she is a descendant of the Abbot family and was very interested to see that the time capsule had been laid by her great great great grandfather, Samuel Abbott! Read more…

John Moores Visitors’ Choice for families!

24 October 2014 by Laura

Little girl in exhibition

Neal Rock’s 3D work gets this visitor’s vote

Next week, in true X-Factor style, you could be the ‘sixth judge’ for the John Moores Painting Prize, by voting for your winner in the Visitors’ Choice award! Read more…



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