Liverpool Lifestyle magazine December 2020

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HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS Blackler’s Santa is coming to the Museum of Liverpool

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iverpool’s festive favourite, Blacker’s Santa, will once again be welcoming visitors to the Museum of Liverpool. With hopes of reopening the museum after lockdown, and in line with government guidelines, our festive favourite will delight and uplift visitors amid what has been a very uncertain time. Since arriving into National Museums Liverpool’s collection in 2013, Santa has delighted visitors towering over the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium during the festive period and welcoming families in from the cold. Made in 1957 by Peter Blazey and his colleagues in the Blackler's Display Studio. Santa was originally part of the famous Winter Wonderland Grotto experience until the store closed in 1988. Peter donated his head, hands and boots to the Museum, before faithfully restoring him. The transformation, which was generously funded by

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former Trustees of National Museums Liverpool, Phil and Alexis Redmond, included a faithful recreation of his body and costume. Kate Johnson, Head of the Museum of Liverpool said: ‘We are delighted to have Blackler’s Santa back on display for the fifth year running. He brings festive cheer every year to us all. ‘We love hearing our visitors’ stories about how much they loved seeing Santa on display in the famous Blackler’s department store. It’s

wonderful that he is back this Christmas time to bring those memories back for our visitors, whilst creating new ones for the younger generation.’ Did you visit Santa when he lived at Blackler’s Department Store or in the Museum of Liverpool when he was on display? If you did, share your photos and stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, remember to tag @MuseumLiverpool and @NML_Muse. While our museums and galleries are currently closed, explore the venues at your own pace with online 3D virtual tours www.liverpoolmuseums. org.uk/virtual-tours.

Giant Santa on display at the Museum of Liverpool © Gareth Jones


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