Re:PRESENT: Episode 1 - Love

In this first episode of the National Museums Liverpool Podcast, Re:PRESENT, Jane Garvey introduces three stories on love each with their own unique link to the museums and Liverpool.

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Act One: Hello Sailor! 

Crew Drag show
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Drag show onboard a ship © Michael Rudder

 

Michael Rudder and Dominic Brown both started a life in the Merchant Navy at the age of 17 in 1969. At sea they both found an openness that would have perhaps been a little more difficult to come by at home. 

The pair have featured in both our Hello Sailor! exhibition and Life on Board gallery in the Maritime Museum. 



Act Two: The Loves and Loss of Glyn Philpot

Portrait of Marchioness of Carisbrooke by Glyn Philpot
Marchioness of Carisbrooke by Glyn Philpot, 1925 about


Early 20th Century British artist, Glyn Philpot was revered by the aristocracy for his stunning portraiture. But portrait painting was just his job, his passions lay elsewhere.

The jumping off point for this story is the above portrait of the Marchioness of Carisbrooke that hangs in our Lady Lever Gallery. 

References: 

Portrait of Henry Thomas

Portrait of Frank Coombs

Vivian Forbes painting in House of Commons

Royal Academy secretary, Walter Lamb’s Letter to Philpot about the Summer Exhibition

Henry Thomas's note on grave

The Loving Cup at Brighton Museum and Gallery




Act Three: Love abound the Lusitania

Archive photo of the Lusitania


The sinking of the Lusitania is one of the most tragic maritime disasters of all time. 1,191 souls that lost their lives, on May 7, 1915 when the German submarine, u20 fired a single torpedo off the coast of Ireland. 

There were countless acts of heroism amongst the sinking including Harold and Alice Smethurst, who found each other in a life boat after Harold had helped several people, including his wife, to board before jumping from the back of the ship and swimming amongst the debris of the Irish sea. 

However, the story we're to focus on here is that of John Henry Hayes, a 5th engineer who lost his life that day. At home in Bootle his wife, Jeanetta, was to give birth to his first child just 20 days after the sinking. Jeanetta was one of the last remaining widows of the Lusitania to draw a pension from Cunard. 



If you're writing your own love story and would like a unique wedding venue, consider hiring one of ours: https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/venue-hire/weddings

Credits
Host: Jane Garvey
Produced by: Daniel O’Connor
Post Production: Onomatopoeia Post Production
Theme Music: Big Giant Circles