Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place

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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.

Galkoff’s butchers shop opened in 1907 and was a supplier of kosher foods to the passenger ships that sailed to and from Liverpool. The 1930s green faience tiles are a distinctive feature on Pembroke Place, but have been falling off the derelict building over the past 20 years. LSTM acquired the building in 2012.

Remnants of the last remaining example of court housing left in Liverpool, and one of the few examples of this housing type that remains in the UK, are located nearby, at Pembroke Place. This type of property - a full scale reconstruction of which can be found in The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool - was used as a form of high density, low quality housing which became widespread in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Research project

The Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project is planning to bring to life the stories of the people who lived in and around Pembroke Place by undertaking historical research and archaeological investigations.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded this collaborative project development funding of £52,400. This will help LSTM and National Museums Liverpool to carry out exploratory work with local people and organisations, to progress plans and apply for a full grant in 2017.

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Reconstruction of court housing, Museum of Liverpool
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If successful in attracting further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will undertake extensive research into both sites on Pembroke Place, revealing stories of life in this area from the late 19th century to present day. Archaeological investigations will unearth evidence of how people lived in the court housing. 

The proposed project would see the removal of Galkoff’s historic tiles from the rapidly deteriorating building. We would then conduct essential conservation works and remount the tiles in a new installation, alongside a Secret Life of Pembroke Place display within The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool. 

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. 

All work on the Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place project will be supported by a team of volunteers. We are particularly interested in working with people from Liverpool's Jewish community and local historians who are familiar with the area and may have knowledge of the secret life of Pembroke Place.

If you would like to get involved, register as a volunteer, 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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