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Who was Alphonse Mucha?

25 May 2017 by Scott Smith

Alphonse Mucha sitting in a chair

Alphonse Mucha sat in front of his famous poster ‘Gismonda’ © Mucha Trust 2017

Alfons Maria Mucha, known widely as Alphonse Mucha, is the subject of a major exhibition opening 16 June at the Walker Art Gallery. Mucha was the original father of Art Nouveau and his posters and prints are instantly recognizable to most people today. But just who was the man behind the artist?

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50 is the magic number!

24 May 2017 by Laura

Display case

The Beatles display in our Wondrous Place gallery. Image © Mark McNulty

We’re only days away from the first of Liverpool’s celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the release of the seminal album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’. Read more…

Half-term highlights

23 May 2017 by Megan

 

Family crafts

Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy. Read more…

Making connections through online collections

18 May 2017 by Emma Martin

A chod pan is worn by Tibetan Buddhist monks or lamas during religious ceremonies. The five panels feature the tathagatas or the Five Celestial Buddhas.

Sometimes, correcting mistakes found in the museum’s records leads to new and completely unexpected connections. This recently happened to me. I’ve spent more than ten years working my way through the Tibet collections here at World Museum. As I document the collections I try and fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge: do I know who made the object (often I don’t)? Do I know who once owned the objects (sometimes I do)? How did they collect the object? What do we know about the collector who sold or donated the objects to the museum? Read more…

Coming Out: The Walker prepares to reveal concealed LGBT+ art histories

17 May 2017 by Felicity

Untitled, 1981, Linder © the artist and courtesy Stuart Shave I Modern Art, London

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphonbia (IDAHOT 2017); a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. We thought we’d mark this landmark day, now celebrated in more than 130 countries, by sharing details of our upcoming exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity.

Coming Out, which will open at the Walker Art Gallery on 28 July, will reveal previously overlooked LGBT+ art histories and institutional blind spots, through a really exciting selection of artworks.

The opening will mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts was passed in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act), on 27 July 1967. From David Hockney and Steve McQueen to Anya Gallaccio and Sarah Lucas, the artists represented have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967, after the passing of the Act.  Read more…

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 at National Museums Liverpool

17 May 2017 by Emma Riley

Image © Robin Clewley

This week (15 – 21 May) is Dementia Awareness Week – an annual event organised by Alzheimer’s Society as an opportunity for everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia. Read more…

Museums and galleries brighten LightNight!

16 May 2017 by Andrew

Merseyside Maritme Museum, the International Slavery Museum and Walker Art Gallery join in with this year’s LightNight. The date for your diary is Friday 19 May, when they’ll remain open until 10pm, with some very special free events taking place. Read more…

National Museums Liverpool at IMEX 2017

museum of liverpool dinner event

Our dedicated events create unique events in stunning locations, such as this dinner at Museum of Liverpool. Photographed by Mark McNulty.

National Museums Liverpool is heading to Frankfurt this week, set to do business with more than 9000 buyers and visitors at IMEX, an international exhibition for events, meetings and incentive travel. Staff from National Museums Liverpool are travelling to the German city to promote our upcoming programme of exhibitions and to meet clients interested in booking corporate events in our unique venues.

National Museums Liverpool has a dedicated corporate events team who deliver a wide range of events in their unique museums and galleries, hosting up to 1000 guests at venues such as World Museum and Museum of Liverpool. Read more…

Coming soon: Edo Pop

Utagawa Kunichika. Fire Brigade Standard Bearer 1871: collection Frank Milner

Edo Pop is coming soon to the Lady Lever Art Gallery and we can’t wait.

The exhibition features 19th century Japanese wood block prints that explore tales of celebrity which wouldn’t seem out of place in the pages of today’s gossip magazines. Read more…

Felix Scott: a Victorian life

11 May 2017 by Liz

Clockwise from left: Felix Scott’s Royal Navy Record of service (source: the National Archives); HMS Charybdis, 1870; HMS Tamar, c1880

Today we have a guest blog from Jamie Calladine, a volunteer researcher working with us on the Galkoff’s and Secret Life of Pembroke Place project. Read more…



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