Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place

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Tiled shop front with decorative hoarding

Galkoff’s butcher’s shop today - behind protective hoarding, courtesy of LSTM

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and National Museums Liverpool (NML) are working together to preserve, record and display the heritage of two important sites on the LSTM campus. Galkoff’s was a former Jewish butcher’s shop that emerged in the early 20th century. Since the 1970s the building has deteriorated and is unfortunately beyond repair. LSTM acquired the building in 2012, and working in partnership with NML intend to remove the famous tiled frontage from the building, re-present it within the Museum of Liverpool and tell the fascinating history of the business and its place within the local Jewish community.

  small courtyard surrounded by brick housing

Reconstruction of court housing, Museum of Liverpool © Mark McNulty

Remnants of the last remaining example of court housing left in Liverpool 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. This proposed project is planning to bring to life the stories of the people who lived in and around Pembroke Place by undertaking social research and archaeological investigations, which will also form part of the new Museum display.

In order to proceed with this project and engage people across Liverpool and beyond with these important parts of the city’s heritage LSTM, with partnership support from NML, is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding.