Tremor: A Biography of Parkinson’s Disease

With Professor Dorothy Porter

Tuesday 16 May 2017

5.30-7.30pm at Liverpool Medical Institution & Conference Centre, 114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5SR

This year’s Frances Ivens annual lecture explores how and why transformations have taken place in the material, cultural and experiential history of Parkinson’s Disease from the time of its first description by James Parkinson as The Shaking Palsy in 1817.

This talk will also focus on the experiences of patients, and examines a range of creatively expressive patients, including Wilhelm von Humboldt, Mervyn Peake, John Betjeman and contemporary artists such as Johanne Vermette.

If you wish to attend the two-course dinner after the lecture, please book via the LMI Admin (£20 per person)

Visit for more information and to register your place.


Dr Tim O’Dempsey, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Dr O’Dempsey at Kenema Ebola Treatment Centre, Sierra Leone, July 2014

Wednesday 8 February, 5.30pm

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa exploited weak health systems and, as the epidemic spread, effectively paralysed the delivery of health services in the affected regions. Unprecedented in scale and impact, by the time the epidemic was declared over on 29th December 2015, more than 28,600 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 11,300 deaths, had been reported. The speaker will discuss the evolution of the epidemic and the role of local, national and international stakeholders, with particular reference to the epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Dr Tim O’Dempsey is Senior Clinical Lecturer in Tropical Medicine and Director of Studies for the DTM&H and Humanitarian Programmes at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Between July 2014 and December 2015, he was seconded from LSTM to assist in the Ebola epidemic response in Sierra Leone. He provided clinical care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease, advised the Government of Sierra Leone, DFID and various international NGOs and Foreign Medical Teams involved in the response and became the WHO Clinical Lead for the Ebola response in Sierra Leone.

Refreshments from 5.00 pm, talks begin at 5.30 pm, at the Liverpool Medical Institution (LMI), 114 Mount Pleasant, L3 5SR. Why not continue the discussions over an informal supper, including wine, £13.50 (students £8).

Places must be pre-booked, via


Tate Liverpool courses with the WEA

Tate Liverpool in collaboration with the Workers’ Educational Association will be hosting the following courses at the gallery starting in January 2017.

Course: Introduction to Printmaking, led by Colette Whittington
Dates: Friday 13 January – 24 February 2017, (10:00-13:00)
Venue: Clore Learning Centre, Tate Liverpool
Admission: £65.10 (free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see WEA website for more information), advanced booking essential.

Against the backdrop of Tate Liverpool’s Collection Displays this 7 week course will introduce the basic techniques of printmaking: focusing on how the process of print media can inform the strategy of art making.
Through a series of practical workshops and group discussions led by printmaker and artist educator Colette Whittington, the course will respond to the Tate collection with hands on printmaking techniques that can be reproduced at the kitchen table at home.
Participants will be introduced to basic intaglio and relief printmaking processes; monoprint, collatype, and lino cutting. They will be guided to produce their own individual design ideas using experimental methods and demonstrating good print practice.
(No previous experience necessary).

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association.

For further information and to book a place follow the link to:

Course: Improvers Printmaking, led by Colette Whittington
Dates: Friday 13 January – 24 February 2017, (14:00- 16:00)
Venue: Clore Learning Centre, Tate Liverpool
Admission: £43.40, (Free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see WEA website for more information). Advanced booking essential.

This 7-week course aims to use the exhibition as a starting point to stimulate critical engagement and creative processes involved in printmaking production.
Responding to Tate’s collection displays, the course will enable participants to fully develop and realise their design ideas, applying the relief printmaking knowledge they have previously gained on the beginners course or elsewhere. The aim of the course is to enable the participants to fully develop their own design ideas, to produce a personal body of work. Perhaps mixing relief printmaking processes or by becoming more proficient in one technique.
Sessions will comprise of practical workshops, group discussions and feedback facilitated by local printmaker and artist educator Colette Whittington.
(Some prior experience of printmaking necessary. Progression from WEA Beginners Course advisable, but not compulsory if some prior printing experience).

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association.

For further information and to book a place follow the link to:

Course: Painting Inspired by Women Artists, led by Maria Tavares
Date: Tuesday 17 January – 28 March 2017, (10:00-12:00)
Venue: Tate Liverpool
Admission: £65.10 (or free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see the WEA website for more information). Advanced booking essential.

Discover and explore women artists and create your own masterpiece inspired by their work. Explore painting techniques, including texture, light and shade, colour, composition, and perspective. Women artists have been marginalised and misrepresented throughout history. This has often been due to socio-political mores of the given era. Through practical workshops and group discussion, students will examine the issues that lie behind this marginalization.

Led by Maria Tavares, artist and art tutor, this 10 week course will explore the history of women in art. Through a series of practical hands-on exercises, students will learn painting techniques using acrylics, as well as having the opportunity to study Tate’s collection of work by women artists.

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association

For further information and to book a place follow the link to:

Course: Exploring Modern Sculpture, led by Ed Bruce
Date: Tuesday 17 January – 28 March 2017, (14:30-16:30)
Venue: Tate Liverpool
Admission: £65.10, (Free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see WEA website for more information). Advanced booking essential.

Duchamp’s conceptual ideas about the ‘Readymade’ profoundly influenced the sculpture of the 1960s and 1970s. This course, taught by Ed Bruce, will explore the ‘expanding field’ of sculptural practice in the period when ‘body art’ performance, and site specific work transformed the idea of the ‘sculptural object’.

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association

For further information and to book a place follow the link to:

Elena Palumbo-Mosca In-conversation

Organised by Tate Liverpool. 

Talk: Elena Palumbo-Mosca In-conversation

Date: Saturday 26 November, (14:00-15:00)

Venue: Auditorium, Tate Liverpool

Admission: £5,

(Advanced booking essential)

Join Elena Palumbo-Mosca in-conversation at Tate Liverpool, as she reflects on her time as Klein’s model, in particular, her involvement in Klein’s experiments with the expressive potential of the body as manifested in his Anthropometries. These paintings, created by the artist choreographed nude models as living paint brushes to transfer blue pigment onto canvas, whilst accompanied by a live orchestra playing his ‘monotone symphony’.

To book and for more information, please follow the link: or call the box office on 0151 702 7400

Hidden Stories of Medicine

Talks to be held at the LMI in the Lecture Theatre.
114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. L3 5SR. 0151 709 9125 Extension 1

Doors open 6.30pm
First talk 7-7.45pm
Second talk 7.55-8.40pm
Refreshments in the Gallery 8.45-9.15pm

These talks are free of charge and open to everyone

Monday 17 October 2016

Helen McKay – 208 Field Hospital (Liverpool). The secret life of Dr James Barry 1795 – 1865

His death lead to a cover-up by the establishment for over 100 years. Born into a family of revolutionaries, he was a passionate and flamboyant doctor who became the Inspector General of Army Medical Services, but he had a secret …

Paul Dufton – Cleanliness is next to Godliness – 19th Century soap advertising with reference to Pears Soap

Wednesday 23 November

Meg Parkes – The Art of Survival: the role of medical illustration in interpreting WWII Far East captivity

Graham Kyle –Mr T W Davies, Surgeon to the Liverpool Coroner in the 1820s
A Doctor with an interesting career, including involvement in a case of body smuggling (for dissection in Edinburgh) and a spell in the Debtors’ section of Lancaster Gaol …

These talks are free to attend. 

Talents Tips: Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts by Peter Talent

Save Time

Essential shortcuts can increase your productivity and speed at which you work. Below are some important PC shortcuts.

Delete with assurance
Backspace can be both helpful and troublesome. Deleting a word or two is straight forward, but anything longer may turn a simple deletion into a difficult operation in stopping the curser before it removes a whole paragraph.
Ctrl + backspace allows you to delete an entire word at a time, or a whole sentence quickly.


From time to time programs crash, and freeze. You can avoid having to shutdown your computer by recovering documents with this three-button combo.

Ctrl+Shift+Escape will open your computer’s Task Manager, allowing you to end theproblem program and continue on.
Learn to Quick-Pick
Alternating between different programs? Don’t let your mouse slow you down. This quick action shortcut allows you to seamlessly work across all of your essential programs without having to use the mouse. keyboard-image-3Holding Alt+Tab brings up the index of currently opened programs, and pressing Tab again allows you to cycle between them.

Changing to the desktop?

You might have more than a few different windows open on your computer. If you need quick access to a file/folder that’s currently on your desktop. keyboard-image-4jpg

Win+D Is the shortcut for you to quickly clear your screen and go to the Desktop screen that you need.

Using the snap key board.
This is a good useful keyboard combination for doing research, or writing. If you’re concurrently working in different windows.
WIN+left/right arrow keys makes the currently selected window “snap” to one half of the screen or the other. Apply left and right positioning to two windows and enjoy a perfect split screen setup.


Peter Talent will be teaching a number of fantastic I.T. courses for Continuing Education this coming term including Become a Proficient User of MS Office 2013 and a Beginners Guide to Intermediate Level Database Use. To view a full listing of our I.T. courses click here


September Lunchtime Lecture Series – Histories of Helping Others by Dr Claire Jones

Liverpool has long been a beacon for philanthropy and service to others. The wealth and squalor of the City in the 19th century, when great privilege and abject suffering existed side by side, meant there were always people who needed help and others with the resources to provide it. Through the 20th century to today, Liverpool and its people have continued to face challenges and develop strategies to meet them, often leading the way for the rest of the UK.

This year, the annual public lecture series organised by National Museums Merseyside and Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool, takes as its theme In the Service of Others. The Museum of Liverpool is a new venue for the lectures; in previous years they have been held at the Maritime Museum. With this year’s focus on society, philanthropy and service, the Museum of Liverpool is an ideal venue. This lecture series is a free public event which traditionally launches the University of Liverpool’s Continuing Education programme. You’ll be able to pick up a copy of the new prospectus for 2016-17 which details the huge range and type of short courses, lectures and events available. You can preview this now by visiting
This year at the Museum of Liverpool, on Thursdays in September at 1-2pm, our expert lecturers will be shining the spotlight on some little-explored issues and histories of helping others. Topics include those connected to Merseyside but also subjects with a different or more national focus.
On September 8, John Lansley will begin the series with an overview of Liverpool: City of Philanthropy. John will be investigating the many social conditions that demanded action, and describing the religious, political and business attitudes of those that responded.
September 15 takes us further afield as Anna Bocking-Welch talks on Youth Against Hunger: Youth Service, Idealism and Humanitarianism in 1960s Britain. As today perhaps, in the 1960s there was widespread concern about youth. Could the solution be solved by diverting young people’s energies to humanitarian action? Anna will be sharing her research into the important role that young people played in 1960s campaigns against hunger in the developing world; she will seek answers to the question ‘did humanitarianism really manage to redirect youthful idealism away from destructive protest towards service to others?’.
September 22 brings us a very different take on helping others in the City. Ben Whittaker, will talk on The Liverpool Pilots: 250 Years of Service, charting its history since 1766 as the indispensable aid to ships navigating in and out of the Port of Liverpool. Why are the pilots so essential and how has their role has changed from the 18th century to the present day?
September 29 brings another perspective again, with Michael Lambert talking about his research on ‘Problem families’ on Merseyside, 1943-74. The idea of ‘problem families’, as well as what help they needed, was pioneered in Liverpool. Using the records of mothers sent to the Brentwood Recuperative Centre, a residential rehabilitation institution, Michael will explore what it meant to be a ‘problem family’ in post-war Merseyside.
There is a warm welcome to all who join us. We’ll be in Education area 3 on the first floor of the Museum of Liverpool, and no booking is required.

The Everyman and Playhouse: The Playwrights Programme 2016 – Applications open

By the Everyman and Playhouse.

Our Playwrights’ Programme is a completely free course for writers and theatre makers in the Liverpool City Region, who wish to develop their playwriting craft.


Up to ten writers will be invited to join the programme, working closely with us to hone playwriting skills and knowledge with a view to writing a full length stage play.

Applicants must be aged 18+ and have some experience of writing for the stage (not necessarily a full production). Talent, full commitment and passion, however, are more important than experience. We’re looking for innovative, original and exciting new writers from Liverpool who are committed to playwriting and making theatre which will delight, engage and challenge audiences.

Application deadline: Fri 5 Aug
Interviews: w/c Mon 29 Aug
Programme starts: Thu 15 Sep

To apply click here

If you have any queries, please contact us via email at



Peoples Heritage – free heritage activities 2016

Workshop 1: Thurs 19 May, 2.30-4pm / Workshop 2: Tues 24 May, 2-3.30pm / Workshop 3: TBC

Merseyside Maritime Museum is producing brand new heritage interpretation for Albert Dock. Installed throughout its colonnades later this year, it will guide visitors through the Dock’s fascinating history.
We are offering a unique chance to be part of this process.
Three workshops will explore the process behind exhibition creation and archive research, drawing on the experience of Merseyside Maritime Museum and Liverpool Record Office staff. They will look at applying these ideas to the themes and stories at the heart of the Albert Dock interpretation project.

Workshop 1: Merseyside Maritime Museum
The first workshop will look at the processes used to put together an exhibition. Maritime Museum staff will explain the steps that they work through when creating a display, using examples and case studies of the Museum’s most recent exhibitions: On the Waterfront and Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

Workshop 2: Liverpool Record Office (at Liverpool Central Library)
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Liverpool Record Office? This session will take you behind closed doors and let you uncover some of the archives relating to the Albert Dock. There will also be information on how to access the archives for general research, with help on hand to answer questions.

Workshop 3: Merseyside Maritime Museum
The final workshop offers an opportunity to discuss the themes of the Albert Dock project in light of the information gained in earlier sessions. Museum staff will discuss the group’s ideas and suggest practical steps for taking these forward, shaping them, and creating a display.

You may book for individual workshops or for the entire series, depending on your availability. We will give first option for places on Workshop 3 to those who have booked for either of the other two workshops once the date has been confirmed.
To book a place, please email Community Engagement Officer:


Monday 23 May & Saturday 16 July, 2pm

This fascinating tour begins with a presentation on the history of Liverpool before the docks were created, moving through to the development of the Albert Dock and the regeneration of the buildings that now house Tate Liverpool. The Tate Liverpool building has gone through several transformations since opening in 1988 and this tour will reveal its secrets.

To book, email Community Engagement Officer:

Bespoke times

Discover the fascinating history of the Albert Dock and its place within Liverpool’s waterfront. Walks last around an hour.
Times can be booked to suit individual groups.
You can also let us know if you have any specific interests that you’d like the walk to include.

Groups of approx. 5-20 people. To book, email Community Engagement Officer: