Half Term Fun at NML

logoNational museums Liverpool – HALF TERM FUN, May 2009
Free activities for all the family at National Museums Liverpool
This half term, National Museums Liverpool is hosting free events, exhibitions and workshops for all the family throughout the week including:

International Slavery Museum

Shoot Nations

Until 26 July

Open daily 10am – 5pm
An exhibition of photographs taken by young people as part of the Shoot Nations global photography competition. The images capture the impact of our changing environment, particularly the effects of global warming and intensive farming.

My Life, My Words
Until July
Open daily 10am – 5pm

My Life, My Words is a small display exploring the lives and experiences of elders from Liverpool’s Black community and their relationship with an ever-changing city.

Carnival crafts
1–4pm   May 28  
Join us for an arts and crafts session inspired by the colourful world of the carnival. (suitable for all ages)

African beats
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm     May 25, 26      
Feel the beat with an afternoon of African drumming and tribal dance. (suitable for all ages)

Destination freedom
2 & 3pm         May 24*
Based on the true story of William and Ellen Craft, this performance tells of Ellen’s personal journey from enslavement to freedom.
*2pm performance on May 24 will be BSL interpreted                                                                         

Lady Lever Art Gallery

French Impressionists
Until 31 May

Open daily 10am – 5pm
An exhibition of masterpieces by world renowned French artists, including Renoir, Degas and Monet. 13 treasured works from the collections of the Nationalmuseum Stockholm and the Walker Art Gallery will be on show together for the first time as part of an international exchange.
Exhibition organised in collaboration with Nationalmuseum, Stolkholm.


Open daily 10am – 5pm
Want to explore the gallery in a different way?  Each of our storysacks explores a theme in the gallery including farm animals, music and the French Impressionists.  Choose a bag at the information desk and then find your artwork.  (Suitable for under 5s)

Tales to Impress
1, 2 & 3pm              May 30
Explore the people and places in our French Impressionists exhibition with our resident storyteller. (over 5’s)

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Magical History Tour
Until 27 September

Open daily 10am – 5pm
Take a trip in our time travelling taxi and celebrate 800 years of Liverpool’s colourful history, from fishing village to modern metropolis. Find out what happened to the long-lost Liverpool Castle and discover the secrets of the Pool, the muddy river inlet that gave the city its name.

Hands-on with the Vikings
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm     May 26, 28
Learn how the Vikings lived in this interactive session (suitable for all ages).
*1.30pm performance on April 15 will be BSL interpreted

Deeds Not Words
1, 1.30, 2, 3pm      May 24*
On 6 February 1918, the right to vote was finally granted to women in Britain.  Hear the fascinating story of the suffragettes’ struggle and discover more about their activities in Liverpool. *1.30pm performance on May 24 will be BSL interpreted

Monsters of the deep
1-4pm                   May 25
What could be hiding in the murky waters? Drop anchor and create your own nautical monster. (suitable for all ages)

Walk, talk & explore
2, 3 and 4pm            May  23, 24
Join our resident expert to learn more about Liverpool’s historic waterfront. (Over 15’s)

Titanic – The quartermaster’s story
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm     May  25
Robert Hichins was at the wheel when Titanic hit the iceberg. Hear his fascinating story told by our resident actor. (suitable for all ages)

Spotlight on the Titanic
11am            May 23, 25, 30
1pm                May 30
2pm                May 30
3pm                May 30
Join our resident demonstrator and hear facts and myths that surround the sinking of the Titanic. (suitable for all ages)
*1pm performance on June 28 will be BSL interpreted.

The Leaving of Liverpool
1.30, 2.30, 3.30pm              May 26, 27
Join our three travellers and listen to their tales of hope and fear on the way to the new world. (suitable for all ages)

Wartime at the Piermaster’s House
1-4pm                   May 26, 27
Meet Rose the Piermaster’s wife as she prepares for another day of rations and blackouts. (suitable for all ages)

Sea Urchins
11am                    May 25
Story-time fun for your little ones at our early years gallery on the first floor.  (suitable for all ages)

Take the Six Knot Challenge
11am & 1.30pm   May 27  
Are you smart enough to take the six knot challenge? Join nautical craftsman Dave Walker and find out. (suitable for all ages)

1-4pm           May 23
Discover the skill of traditional woodcarving with our nautical craftsman. (suitable for all ages)

Seized! Revenue and Customs Uncovered

Inside Merseyside Maritime Museum

1, 1.30, 2, 2.30, 3 & 3.30pm    May 31
Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Customs Officer? Come and search our ship to see if you can spot any signs of smuggling. (suitable for all ages)
Pick up a free ticket at the welcome desk

Explore Customs
1-4pm           May 27, 28
Get your hands on our collections and explore the issues of endangered animals, smuggling and fakes. Includes dressing up for under 7s.

SOS – Save our species
1-4pm           May 25
Our demonstrators will explain how customs protect endangered species and help you make a souvenir to take away. (suitable for all ages)

That felt good
1-4pm                   May 30
Have fun making your own felt creation. (suitable for all ages)

Seized! Caught in the act
1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm     May 23
Get in on the act in this fun filled theatre workshop but be prepared it’s not called a ‘work’ shop for nothing!

Mother Redcap
1, 2 & 3pm                      May 28
Mother Redcap will be on the gallery to captivate you with stories and songs about the dark and dangerous world of smuggling.
*3pm performance on April 15 will be BSL interpreted

Dodgy Dan – the booze and fag man
1, 2 & 3pm                                     May 29
Dan’s the name and dodgy dealing is his game. Find out if Dan is up to his old tricks.

Storytelling with customs
1, 2, 3pm               May 24*
Join our storyteller to hear tales about some of the flora and fauna that Customs Officers try to protect.
*3pm performance on May 24 will be BSL interpreted

National Conservation Centre

Sound and Vision: Music and Fashion photographed by Francesco Mellina, Liverpool, 1978-82
Until 31 August

Open daily 10am – 5pm
Francesco Mellina’s previously unseen black and white photography captures the excitement and diversity of the Liverpool music scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. From Punks to New Romantics, the photographs document the looks and sounds of performers and fans.

On closer examination
1-4pm           May 30  
Take a close look at some collected objects and see how many secrets you can discover. (suitable for all ages)

Moulding and casting
1-4pm           May 26, 27, 28
Find out how conservators make use of moulding and casting in this fun family session. (suitable for all ages)

A touch of colour
1-4pm           May 23
Could you retouch a damaged painting? Our interactive family session will test your skill. (suitable for all ages)

Walker Art Gallery

Fashion V Sport
Until 31 May

Open daily 10am – 5pm
There’s a pair of trainers or a hoodie in everyone’s wardrobe and Fashion V Sport examines how the worlds of sport and fashion are linked. Sportswear designed by some of fashions biggest names, rare customised clothes and even diamond encrusted trainers all feature in this fascinating exhibition.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Street fashion photography
Until 31 May

Open daily 10am – 5pm
Liverpool street fashion will be on display in two exhibitions by students from Liverpool Community College. Inspired by Fashion V Sport, the striking images explore current fashion trends among young people today.

George Always: Portraits of George Melly by Maggi Hambling
Until 31 May

Open daily 10am – 5pm
Portraits of the artist, writer and jazz musician, George Melly by close friend and celebrated artist Maggie Hambling.

Sports craze workshop
10.30 – 3pm             May 27
Use a variety of textile/fashion mediums and techniques to decorate a stylish sports bag that you can take away. (over 14’s)

Fashion frenzy
1-4pm           May 28, 29
Design a wooden photo-frame inspired by clothes in Fashion V Sport or your favourite Walker characters like Henry VIII.  Take your people-shaped frame home and fill it with a photo of your choice! (over 5’s)

Big Art for Little Artists
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Craft activities 11am – 4pm
Big Art for Little Artists is our dedicated children’s gallery that brings art to life through paintings, sculpture, toys and costumes.

World Museum Liverpool

Ancient Egypt
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Enter the world of Ancient Egypt and journey back to the age of the Pharaohs and pyramids at our exciting new gallery.

The Beat Goes On
Until 1 November

Open daily 10am – 5pm
Our exhibition dedicated to 60 years of the city’s music shows why Liverpool deserves its name in lights. The Beat Goes On is a colourful, interactive exhibition that explores the energy, edginess and creativity that make Liverpool the capital of pop..

Liverpool musical memories
12, 1.30 & 3pm  May 24, 25     
Think Liverpool pop music is all about the Beatles? Think again. Join us for a musical history tour from the 1950s to the present day.

Free Planetarium
Travel to outer space without even leaving your chair in our incredible space and astronomy show for adults and children over five. Tickets available from 10am and up to five minutes before each performance from the welcome desk.
Mon to Fri      2.30 & 3.15pm
Sat & Sun       2.15, 3.15 & 4.05pm

Special programme

Mon to Fri      4.05pm The Winter Night Sky, for over 7s
Sat & Sun       1.15pm The Sunshine Show, for under 7s.
                      1.45pm The Winter Night Sky, for over 7s

Additional shows at holiday times

Treasure House Theatre
We’ve got a packed programme of free events in our 80-seat theatre. Pick up a ticket from the welcome desk. Our 09 programme includes:

Death on the Nile
Two bungling robbers have sneaked in to the museum, but they get more than they bargained for, when one of them opens an ancient scroll. (over 5’s)

World on film
Catch one of our 20-minute films and travel to Ancient Egypt or discover the story of the Saxons, Vikings, and Romans in Britain. (over 5’s)

Food for thought
Visit our Time Travel café where our intrepid chef and waiter will take you on a journey through the history of food. (over 5’s)

Molly the friendly blue whale
Join Rosie or Captain Undersea in this tall tale of a brave whale that escapes a cruel captain (boo), and saves her friends in a storm (hooray). (under 5’s)
For above dates and times call 0151 478 4393 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Samurai armour
Examine the armour of a Samurai warrior in this demonstration using replica 16th century armour. (suitable for all ages)