Podcast: Episode 3 - Work

In episode three of the National Museums Liverpool Podcast, Jane Garvey introduces stories on work, each with their own unique link to the museums and Liverpool.

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Transitioning on the Force

Christian Owens holding a Pride plus Merseyside Police flag

Detective Sergeant Christian Owens was the first person to transition on Merseyside police and as such has turned his experiences into lessons for forces across the country. In this story he details how difficult it can be to be both trans and a police officer.

Story by: Ellie Field

Christian's Website: https://www.genderspaceuk.com/

Unemployment on Merseyside

Unemployment on Merseyside, a mural by Mike Jones


Mike (Mick) Jones’s huge mural hangs in the People’s Republic Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool. It depicts Liverpudlian’s fight for the right to work in the 20th Century taking in post-WWI marches as well as Liverpool’s lowest ebb, the 1980s. We hear the stories of those who fought for work and those who helped.

Story references:

The storming of the Walker: https://inspidered.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/the-storming-of-the-walker-art-gallery/

A brief history of Blackburne House: https://www.blackburnehouse.co.uk/about

Mick Jones' obituary: https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2012/sep/09/mick-jones-obituary

The Sun of Europe

Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Elisabetta Sirani
Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Elisabetta Sirani courtesy of the Walters Art Gallery > https://art.thewalters.org/detail/9874/judith-with-the-head-of-holofernes/

Elisabetta Sirani (1638-65) was a 17th Century Baroque artist whose success defied her era in which women were denied academy training. Lead Curator of International Fine Art at the Walker Art Gallery, Kate O’Donoghue, talks us through Sirani’s remarkable but tragically short life.

The Walker Art Gallery has some works on paper of Sirani's that are not currently on display.


Host: Jane Garvey
Produced by: Daniel O’Connor
Stories: Daniel O'Connor and Ellie Field
Post Production: Onomatopoeia Post Production
Theme Music: Big Giant Circles
Creative Director: Scott Smith