Posted on Thursday 19th May 2016
Francess Ngaboh-Smart copyright Lee Karen Stow
Catch Lee Karen Stow’s moving exhibition before it closes
Poppies: Women and War, a moving photographic exhibition exploring the personal stories of women affected by war, closes at the Museum of Liverpool on 5 June 2016.
More than 550,000 people, who have visited the Museum since the exhibition opened, have had the chance to see the striking portraits of women whose lives have been affected by conflict, from the First World War to present day, and which are accompanied by botanical images of poppies; the symbol of remembrance.
Described by visitors as “thought provoking” and “moving”, the exhibition throws a spotlight on the stories usually lost behind headlines from the battlefields. Lee Karen Stow’s compelling images gives these women a voice and offers viewers a different perspective.
Following Poppies is the next exhibition from National Museums Liverpool’s programme commemorating the centenary of the First World War, First World War: Charity and Liverpool’s Home Front. Running from 17 June to October 2016 the exhibition examines the work of some of the charity organisations formed at this time, who gave much needed assistance to the returning soldiers and their families. Featuring photographs, oral histories and case studies it also explores how those charities continue to carry out essential work today.
Also in its closing weeks is the very popular display, Roman Treasures of Cheshire, which finishes on 19 June 2016. The display is a look at the Cheshire Hoards; the collective name of the two remarkable groups of Roman artefacts, discovered in recent years by local metal detectorists. Not to be missed, the coins and jewellery items give fascinating insight into wealth, trade, lifestyles and identities of people in the North West in the early Roman period.
The Cheshire Hoards were reported to archaeologists through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and declared treasure. They were acquired in partnership between the Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum to be preserved and displayed to the public of the North West with a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Notes to Editors
Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool is one of the country’s most visited museums outside of London. It is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. The first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, it showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. It has attracted more than two million visitors since opening in July 2011. The prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 was awarded to the Museum for its commitment to human rights as well as its work with children and families from all backgrounds.
The Museum has received generous support from several major funders, and grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and individual donations. Major funders include the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS),Garfield Weston Foundation and the Clore Duffield Foundation.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) was responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England’s Northwest and had five key priorities: Business, Skills and Education, People and Jobs, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.
The European Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the North West is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government – for further information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf.
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.5billion across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk
About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract nearly 2.8 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.