A window of remembrance

labels with the handwritten names of Liverpool soldiers

The Museum of Liverpool has teamed up with the Hugh Baird University Centre to create a unique Christmas window display to commemorate the First World War. First year undergraduates on the Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design were given a brief to create a shop window display to reflect the Museum of Liverpool's First World War exhibitions.

Student Catherine Mooney's winning design was chosen because it was extremely well researched and thought-through, using very simple methods to remember those who fought in the First World War, with sensitivity and respect. It will be on display in the Museum of Liverpool’s shop window until the end of January 2015.

Catherine's display includes handwritten labels with the names of more than 13,000 fallen soldiers, taken from a copy of the First World War Memorial Roll of Honour of Liverpool’s Military War Dead, to signify those who didn’t return home for Christmas in 1914. 

Merchandise including books from the museum's shop will be stacked up to form a tree-like shape, inspired by her discovery that it was virtually impossible to obtain a Christmas tree during the First World War, so people had to be creative in using whatever materials they could find.

"13,000 people from Liverpool lost their lives in the First World War, and many more were affected. I thought it was really important that those people were recognised in this window display. Christmas is a happy time, but also a time to reflect and remember, particularly as we mark 100 years since the outbreak of war in 1914." Catherine Mooney

Every item purchased in the Museum of Liverpool shop supports National Museums Liverpool, with all profit made going straight back into the organisation. 

Many Christmas gifts are available, including a First World War selection inspired by the Museum of Liverpool's current exhibitions.