Big events return for the National Museums of Liverpool
The National Museums of Liverpool (NML) saw a return to major events after the G7 summit, which was held at the Museum of Liverpool (pictured).
The museum was the main venue of the 10e edition of the discussions of the G7 Summit of Foreign Affairs and Development Ministers this month. This was the first major external customer event that NML has hosted since the start of the pandemic, with work behind the scenes to prepare for a series of other events slated for 2022.
Despite the continuing challenges of the pandemic, the latest figures show a steady return to growth for NML’s business activity. Its Hosted by NML site rental business is currently on track to end the fiscal year (through April 2022) down 16% from the last pre-pandemic year of 2019 – with new bookings near term for 2022 helping to further close the gap.
Karen O’Connor, Director of Business Enterprises at NML, said: “In addition to welcoming millions of visitors a year, we also run a busy schedule of business events – which help fund our work.
“Our events business was on hold around this time last year, and if anyone had told me we were now going to host a major international event, I wouldn’t have believed it – the international spotlight on Liverpool was a hit. of thumb welcome for the economy and the hotel industry.
O’Connor said NML, which operates seven museums and art galleries in the Liverpool area, has also pivoted the business to support the return of commercial events. Next year it will host the world premiere of Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder at World Museum, as well as The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics exhibit at the Walker Art Gallery.
The NML locations were also chosen as the backdrop for several commercial filming projects this year, including Doctor Who, Peaky Blinders and Silent Witness. One of his sites is also slated to star in the upcoming movie The Batman, following filming last year when NML also hosted a film crew.