Family spends a night on the tiles at special launch

PRIDE: Members of the Galkoff family at the exhibition’s launch

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THE famous tiled facade of Galkoff’s butcher’s has gone on display at the Museum of Liverpool.

‘Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place’ exhibition was launched last week with members of the Jewish community standing alongside members of the Galkoff family, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and local Liverpool City councillors.

National Museums Liverpool director Laura Pye said that she had only been in her post for two months, but had heard lots about the project.

She thanked everyone involved in making the exhibition a reality, including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the local Jewish community and the steering group.

Amy McEvoy, of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “What started out with five volunteers ended with 70 volunteers giving their skills and talents.”

Lawrence Galkoff, the great-grandson of original owner Percy Galkoff, expressed the family’s gratitude to the museum and also thanked project curator Poppy Learman and Elizabeth Stewart, curator of Archaeology and the Historic Environment, without whom “the amazing restoration job and this exhibition would not have happened”.

Janet Dugdale, director of the Museum of Liverpool, exclaimed: “Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place has been a hugely rewarding project to work on with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

“With National Lottery support, and the help of enthusiastic volunteers, we have been able to develop research with the existing local community in and around Pembroke Place, giving this display a strong sense of place and authenticity.

“The careful research into the Galkoff family and the Liverpool Jewish community enriches the display and forms a powerful legacy.”

Galkoff’s, the once bustling kosher butcher’s shop, closed years ago, but its green and gold lettering remained a landmark.

A reconstruction of the shop’s frontage is at the heart of the exhibition, with the 1930s emerald green tiles having undergone careful conservation, resulting in a life-sized reconstruction of the iconic façade with the original gold art deco embellishments and Hebrew signage.

The exhibition also features photographs, objects and personal memories, as well including the story of Liverpool’s Jewish community and its long history of migration.

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