Galkoff's and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place wins National Lottery funding

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Liverpool landmark, Galkoff’s Jewish butcher shop frontage, is to be preserved and protected with a £291,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), thanks to National Lottery players.

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. 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 was a prevalent type of working class home in mid 19th century Liverpool.

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 iconic legacy of Liverpool’s Jewish history. 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 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.   

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool said:

“We are thrilled to receive this endorsement by Heritage Lottery Fund. For the Museum of Liverpool to acquire the tiled façade of P. Galkoff butcher shop, a much-loved Liverpool landmark, and preserve it for the long term, is a wonderful lasting legacy.

“We look forward this project enabling us to explore the history of Liverpool’s Jewish community, as well as the wider story of Pembroke Place, in more detail.”

Nathan Lee, Head of HLF North West said:

“We are delighted to be able to award National Lottery funding to conserve Galkoff’s Jewish butcher shop in Liverpool and we look forward to finding out more about the stories of the people who lived in and around Pembroke Place as they are brought to life as part of this fascinating project.”

Professor Janet Hemingway, CBE, and LSTM’s Director, said:

“We are delighted to have HLF backing for this fascinating historical project. LSTM itself is part of Liverpool’s diverse heritage, born as we were from the city’s international success as a port. This project will allow us to help preserve that heritage and contribute to Liverpool’s continued success.”

Notes to Editors

About LSTM
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is the world's oldest centre of excellence in tropical medicine and international public health. It has been engaged in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases since 1898 and continues that tradition today with a research portfolio in excess of well over £210 million and a teaching programme attracting students from over 65 countries.
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About 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

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. 

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 more than 3 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. 

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