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Father’s Day at National Museums Liverpool

4 June 2019 by Megan

The countdown is on. Father’s Day is round the corner and it’s safe to say most of us need a plan!

Don’t panic though National Museums Liverpool has something for even the pickiest of pas. So if he is a car enthusiast, art lover, astronomy nerd or would love a Sunday feast overlooking our beautiful waterfront take a look below at what we have on offer. Read more…

Volunteer Spotlight: Amani Magdoubi

Volunteers are an integral part of National Museums Liverpool, and without them, important work would not be able to take place. As part of the Volunteer Spotlight series I am meeting up with volunteers who have been making outstanding contributions to the organisation and finding out more about the work that they do.

Amani and Jacinta

If I’m being truly honest, coming away from this month’s Volunteer Spotlight interview with Amani Magdoubi left me full of inspiration. Amani is an extremely well deserving nominee for the Spotlight, not only because of the valuable support that she offers us here at National Museums Liverpool, but for the support that she offers other organisations and communities around Liverpool.

Amani has been volunteering since she was at college and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities that have come her way. Many of Amani’s volunteering roles have introduced her to new contacts through networking which have turned into new roles; this is how she started with us at National Museums Liverpool. Amani met a member of the Development team at the SheTrades event in Liverpool, who told her about roles within the department, this then led to Amani’s current role in the Finance team. Amani also volunteers with Tate Liverpool as part of the Tate Collective and a local women’s community group as well as roles with the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and the Sony Photography Awards to name but a very small few.

Volunteering with the Finance department has provided a great number of career development opportunities; Amani has been able to learn how to use the SAGE finance system which is something that she had previously wanted to use and gain experience in a finance, office environment. Typical day to day tasks include researching new suppliers and categorising the information, proof reading, analysing data and working with foreign currencies. Amani has played an integral part in the organisations set up of the Approval2Buy scheme, having watched the project develop, she is now tasked with facilitating communications with teams who want to use the new scheme, this has helped her get to know other people in the organisation. Amani strikes me as a meticulous individual who takes pride in her work, explaining that she wants the work that she does and the data that she handles “to be of value”.

One aspect of volunteering for National Museums Liverpool that Amani has really enjoyed has been the family-like atmosphere that she has felt from her team. She explains that everyone has been lovely and very understanding, Amani’s supervisors Sam and Jacinta have provided her with professional support and help with her CV; Amani and Sam meet regularly to discuss her development, provide feedback and any other support that she may need. It was lovely hearing how valued Amani is in her team, Sam explained that he trusts Amani to make progress and that it is a relief to have her support projects; they are able to help her to make her next career steps but she is also helping them to improve: it is mutually beneficial. The role that volunteers play is vital to the organisation and helps to make it what it is. Something that has set National Museums Liverpool a part from other places that Amani has volunteered has been the recognition programmes, such as the monthly rewards scheme that we have signed up to through THRIVE. By having a long term volunteering role, Amani explained that she feels valued, and having access to an email account makes her part of the team.

Amani’s education background is in accounting, finance and business management but has fallen into arts and culture through her volunteering roles almost accidently. She has now developed a passion for the arts which also feeds in to her interests outside of volunteering (where she finds the time I do not know), her hobbies include various crafts including sewing and she is currently enrolled on to a course to help develop skills that she can hopefully turn into an entrepreneurial project. Creativity aside, she also keeps up to date with the business world through podcasts, talks and networking.

When asked why others should volunteer Amani was incredibly poised when she explained that despite people saying “it’s not worth it” or that “it’s a waste of time”, volunteering actually helps you to develop your professional skills and is a stepping stone to help you find a your career direction. Furthermore, volunteering helps you to find your feet before you find a job, so that the world of work doesn’t seem like such a shock. Amani explained that she still plans to volunteer when she is in a job because she wants to give back.

Jacinta is an advocate for volunteers within the organisation and has always embraced embedding volunteers and those on placements within her team; Sam is here as part of the Civil Service Fast Streamers programme and this is the first time he has had supervisor responsibility and is enjoying helping Amani to develop her skills.

Get festive this Christmas at National Museums Liverpool

13 December 2018 by Megan

Tis the season to be jolly and here at National Museums Liverpool we have a whole host of festive activities that’ll appeal to everyone.

Santa is back at the Museum of Liverpool. The giant Blacklers Santa is on display in the Atrium for all visitors to see. Once you’ve seen Santa and told him your Christmas list for this year, head up and see the Education team who are showing how Christmas was celebrated over 1,000 years ago. Find out some of the ancient and interesting roots of many Christmas traditions.

Over on the Wirral at the Lady Lever Art Gallery we have a wonderful exhibition celebrating a unique, artistic partnership between illustrator Quentin Blake and children’s author John Yeoman, this exhibition will showcase more than 40 Quentin Blake works, including the beautiful illustrations featured in Yeoman’s magical storybooks.

If you’re in the city centre and would like some stories, the Walker Art Gallery have them. Once upon a time… In a magical place called Big Art, tales of wondrous lands, enchanted kingdoms and mythical characters can be found. Come along for fairy tales, traditional stories and family favourites.

Many Christmas traditions as we know them today were invented by the Victorians. Join the staff at Sudley House for an afternoon of Victorian themed Christmas crafts (15 December) and activities, including making your own Victorian Christmas card to take away or send to a loved one.

Get creative at the Merseyside Maritime Museum with some crafts. Make and decorate your own crafts using the collections for inspiration.

Heading into the New Year we are making badges at Seized! Get thinking of that New Year’s resolution, dream or goal and design your own badge to take away with you (28 & 29 December).

Our delicious range of festive savouries and cakes are back by popular demand for 2018! Fans of our freshly-made sandwiches, rolls and paninis will be keen to try our Christmas creations this year,

Find the perfect Christmas gift online or in venues, with a wide variety of coasters, prints, mugs and nostalgia gifts to suit everybody.

Every purchase supports National Museums Liverpool.

Find out more about Christmas at National Museums Liverpool here

 

The year of the dog

15 February 2018 by Scott Smith

February marks the start of the new lunar year, and it’s during this time that millions of people across the world will gather to celebrate Chinese New Year. Starting on 16 February, we’ll have seven days of joyous festivities filled with fireworks, lanterns and revelry as the city is lit up in red.

This year is the beginning of the Year of the Dog, defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Dogs are the eleventh sign in the zodiac and are seen as independent, sincere and decisive. Honest and loyal, dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partners. Those born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 all fall under the year of the dog.

To celebrate man’s most faithful of friends, we’ve pulled together a list of dogs from across National Museums Liverpool’s collections and exhibitions.

‘Table d’Hote at a Dogs’ Home’ by John Charles Dollman

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Our advent calendar is going to the dogs!

30 November 2017 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

With Christmas approaching it’s time for one of my favourite annual traditions – the unveiling of National Museums Liverpool’s free online advent calendar! Each year we ease you into the festive season with daily treats from our collections and displays, including a few surprises, incredible tales and fascinating facts along the way.

Last year’s advent calendar featured cats from our museums and galleries, so to restore balance to the universe, the theme for 2017 is dogs. Read more…

Clothing out of the closet

2 May 2017 by Andrew

Punk bondage suit

“Clothes, fashionable or otherwise, and whether we realise it or not, almost always have a message”, says Senior Curator of Art Galleries, Pauline Rushton.

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Focus on JMW Turner

9 February 2017 by Megan

The Wreck Buoy

‘The Wreck Buoy’ by JMW Turner

Joseph Mallard William Turner, well known for his landscape paintings, was in fact a controversial painter back in his day. Now he is regarded as the painter who put landscape paintings in the spotlight.

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Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Sam

logoPride and Prejudice: Bringing stories out of the closet is a groudbreaking project to reveal the sometimes hidden LGBT histories of objects held at National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool. The results of what the team have uncovered can be found on the project web pages, with more to be added at the end of this month.

A two year project, there is still much to come in the next 12 months.

In the next few weeks, there are two opportunities to meet the team at the Walker Art Gallery on 30 November, and the Museum of Liverpool  on 10 December. Come and find out what’s planned for 2017 and see how you can get involved.

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Focus on: Viscountess Folkstone

10 November 2016 by Megan

sudley2blogThe conservation treatment of Gainsborough’s Viscountess Folkestone during the refurbishment of Sudley House (2007) provided an ideal opportunity to examine the materials and technique of this remarkable portrait. Read more…

Focus on: ‘Sunday morning’ by Alma-Tadema

21 October 2016 by Simon Birtall

sundaymorning-blog

Sunday Morning, Alma-Tadema

With the recent rediscovery of a ‘lost’ work by Dutch artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow it brought to mind another overlooked treasure by Alma-Tadema. Read more…



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