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Fascinating facts and great memories in Members’ Week

25 June 2014 by Lynn

Visitors at Grayson Perry exhibition

Curator Pauline Rushton talks to visitors at our Grayson Perry exhibition

Sarah Houghton, Fundraising and Membership Officer gives us the low-down on our recent Members’ Week:

“Our members enjoyed a fantastic week long programme of events recently as part of Members’ Week. Over 170 members took part in 12 exclusive events across all of our venues and learnt some interesting and unusual facts on our collections. For example, did you know that we own 3 of the 4 Wedgwood fireplaces in the world? I didn’t! We also found out how the Mende people in Africa represent an idealised opinion of women on a mask. One of the features is a small mouth which represents spirituality and reserved silence as opposed to a loud-mouthed gossip!

One of our most popular events was an out-of-hours viewing of the Grayson Perry exhibition, “The Vanity of Small Differences“. Pauline Rushton, Curator of Costumes and Textiles, told the story behind of each of the tapestries which sparked a very interesting and lively debate on class and taste amongst members. I was interested at how strong people’s emotional response were to both the exhibition and the talk, particularly Grayson’s comment on social class:

“More than any other factor – more than age, race, religion or sexuality – one’s social class determines one’s taste”, Grayson Perry.

What do you think – do you agree?

Other events included a tour of the Paintings Conservation Studio, a talk on the Lusitania and a Big Art event for our family members. All in all, the week was a great success with members giving us some really positive feedback saying they were made to feel very special a ‘part of a community’. They also said that they ‘will take away great memories’ and look forward to next year.”

Come and join us so you don’t miss out next year! Find out all about the benefits of becoming a member of National Museums Liverpool.

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