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Main image: Striped evening dress. Bronte Parsonage Museum. Image credit: Simon Warner. 

Exhibition: Defying Expectations, Brontë Parsonage Museum

March 9, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition: Defying Expectations, Brontë Parsonage Museum

Charlotte Brontë is an icon to many for her writing. But a new exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum is set to focus on another aspect of Charlotte’s life.

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Gina Shaw and Graham Gavin take a virtual trip on the Liverpool Overhead Railway. Picture by Gareth Jones

“Museums are experts at recording and caring for people’s memories.” Carol Rogers, Director of House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool

February 16, 2022 Comments Off on “Museums are experts at recording and caring for people’s memories.” Carol Rogers, Director of House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool

House of Memories is an award-winning dementia awareness programme created by National Museums Liverpool.

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Withington Against the Poll Tax banner, 1990. Image courtesy People's History Museum

Exhibition: People’s History Museum’s 2022 Banner Exhibition, Manchester

January 11, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition: People’s History Museum’s 2022 Banner Exhibition, Manchester

The People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is preparing to launch its Banner Exhibition for 2022.

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Max Dunbar (front centre) with the design team behind the new Manchester Jewish Museum

“I knew it was a challenge worth taking on.” Max Dunbar reflects on 10 years as Manchester Jewish Museum’s Chief Executive

December 22, 2021 Comments Off on “I knew it was a challenge worth taking on.” Max Dunbar reflects on 10 years as Manchester Jewish Museum’s Chief Executive

Ten years ago, I was offered the job of chief executive at Manchester Jewish Museum.

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The Beatles case Wondrous Place Museum of Liverpool CREDIT Gareth Jones

Wondrous Place: Celebrating the City at the Museum of Liverpool

December 2, 2021 Comments Off on Wondrous Place: Celebrating the City at the Museum of Liverpool

It’s more than 60 years since Liverpool’s original pop pioneer, Billy Fury, released his sinuous version of the song Wondrous Place, and its title continues to be a gift to Mersey mythologists in search of a name for their next civic-minded project.

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Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

August 10, 2021 Comments Off on Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

The Jewish people have more history than most.

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Review: Use Hearing Protection – The Early Years of Factory Records, Science & Industry Museum, Manchester

June 22, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Use Hearing Protection – The Early Years of Factory Records, Science & Industry Museum, Manchester

Back at the start of last year, Northern Soul spoke to curator Jan Hicks about the then-forthcoming Science and Industry Museum exhibition about Factory – that’s to say, Tony Wilson and co’s now-legendary northern music empire.

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Bronte Parsonage Museum

Keeping the Brontë spirit alive during Covid: Rebecca Yorke from the Brontë Parsonage Museum talks to Northern Soul

June 21, 2021 Comments Off on Keeping the Brontë spirit alive during Covid: Rebecca Yorke from the Brontë Parsonage Museum talks to Northern Soul

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, had attracted Brontë fans from across the globe. Its collections are the largest and most important in the world and continue to inspire scholars, writers and artists. But The Brontë Society, which was founded in 1893, is a charity. While it receives public funding from Arts Council England, it relies heavily on admissions and the generosity of members for its income. During lockdown, the museum was forced to closed for the first time in more than a century.

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Elizabeth Gaskell's House. Credit: Mark Tattersall

Review: Online tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester

May 17, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Online tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester

As the interactive virtual tour came to an end, our digital guide remarked that they hoped visitors to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House would receive as authentic an experience as “it would have been in Elizabeth’s lifetime”.

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Image Gallery: The Female Form Through Time, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

April 21, 2021 Comments Off on Image Gallery: The Female Form Through Time, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Instagram filters are not the first tool to be used to distort and manipulate the female form.

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