and the secret life of Pembroke Place
From 26 October 2018
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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.


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.

Court housing

The last remaining area of Liverpool court housing (back-to-back houses standing around courtyards) is on Pembroke Place. 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 mid 19th century Liverpool. 

About the project

Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Museum of Liverpool are now able to deliver the Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.  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 dig to 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. This will feature as part of the Secret Life of Pembroke Place exhibition, opening 26 October 2018.

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

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

Frequently asked questions about the Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project.



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Get involved

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.


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Pembroke pubs

Today we have a guest blog from Daniel Edmonds, Research Lead on the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project:“Throughout its history Pembroke Place has been home to a number of different types of leisure activities, from roller-skating rinks to zoos.

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Looking back on back houses

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.

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