Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place

Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today, behind protective hoarding. Image courtesy of LSTM

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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool are working together to preserve, record and display the heritage of two important sites on the LSTM campus.

replica of doorways round a tiny brick walled courtyard

Reconstruction of court housing, Museum of Liverpool
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P Galkoff kosher butcher shop is an iconic building fronted with highly decorative green tiles. Originally a house, the P Galkoff business opened around 1908, and the amazing tiles were added in 1933. LSTM acquired the building in 2012. It is located just a few doors away from the last remaining area of Liverpool court housing (back-to-back houses standing around courtyards). This type of house - a full scale reconstruction of which can be found in The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool - was a prevalent type of working class home in mid19th century Liverpool. 

National Lottery funding

Thanks to the support of HLF, work by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Museum of Liverpool can now go ahead to preserve this will iconic legacy of Liverpool’s Jewish history.

The Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project has been awarded a £291,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The project aims to:

  • carefully remove and conserve the historic tiles from the façade of Galkoff’s.
  • use information obtained from the geophysical surveys done in and around the vicinity, conduct an archaeological digto uncover more remnants of the court housing and understand more about people's lives there.
  • research the lives, business and homes of Pembroke Place and surrounding area; building up a better picture of what made this such a vibrant community from the 18th century onwards. From roller skating Victorians to grizzly murders and the site of a former zoo, preliminary research indicates this area is rich in stories.

The culmination of this work will be the recreation of the tiled frontage of Galkoff’s, returned to its original finery, at the Museum of Liverpool, as part of an exhibition which will reveal the Secret Life of Pembroke Place, due to open in October 2018.   

Get involved

Education activities, including workshops and talks, will allow the public and local schools to learn more about this unique history and become involved with the project. 

If you would like to share your memories of Pembroke Place or find out more about the project, then you can contact the project curator Poppy Learman by email or phone 0151 478 4573.

You can also see updates and pictures from the project, as well as share your own memores, on our Pembroke Place project facebook page.

All work on the Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project is supported by a team of volunteers.

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Blog posts

Looking back on back houses

6 April

I was fortunate enough to make a research trip to New York recently, with my colleague Poppy Learman. This was supported by the Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant, and the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project. Read more about Looking back on back houses

Hard sweat: Liverpool’s garment district

16 March

Today we have a guest blog from Susan Bennett, volunteer researcher working on the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project. Read more about Hard sweat: Liverpool’s garment district


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