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Four more reasons to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery

2 November 2016 by Jo Keenan

young boy with a backpack looking at art gallery displays

Explore the Gallery with a ‘When I was little’ backpack © Pete Carr

The Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery have launched new resources for family visitors as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project work.

The resources link to the recently refurbished South End galleries and are free to borrow from the Welcome Desk on arrival. 

‘When I was little’ backpack and album

‘When I was little’ is an activity for young children aged three to seven and their grandparents (or older friends or relatives) to do together on a visit to the Gallery. You can borrow a backpack from the Welcome Desk when you arrive.

Each backpack contains activities to help you explore the Gallery together and share memories. Children are encouraged to ask their nanas and grandads about their own childhood and the objects they see together in Gallery displays, then write or draw their findings in the album. At the end of the visit you can take the album home as a keepsake.

girl dressed up like the woman in the painting behind her

Dress up like someone from our 18th century paintings with a costume from our treasure basket! © Pete Carr

Story bags

There are three new story bags which are themed on seashells, Chinese dragons and a white horse. Each story bag contains books, toys, costumes, puppets along with suggested activities for families while exploring the Gallery. Here’s what visitors thought about the story bags after using them over half term:

“We loved the Seashell children’s story bag. It was lots of fun. Thank you!”

“The Dragon story bag was very good for my 3 year old.”

Treasure basket

There’s also a treasure basket to borrow, which contains objects which link to our beautiful 18th century gallery and includes costumes, toys and suggested activities for families.

painting of a girl in smart clothes with a dog

Are you ready to dress up as the girl from the painting ‘Quite Ready’, with her pretty bonnet?

Hats and head wear

Liverpool seamstress Jean-Anne Kelly, who created costumes for the BBC drama Poldark, has created a number of children and adult sized hats and head wear for visitors to model during a visit to the Gallery.

All of the head wear can be found in paintings in our collections – like the popular painting ‘Quite Ready’ by Philip Richard Morris.

If you try on our hats and costumes in the Gallery then don’t forget to share your photos with us on social media – you can tag @LeverArtGallery on twitter. We always love to see your pictures.

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