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Quieter mornings at the Walker Art Gallery

2 November 2018 by Ann

A friendly welcome awaits you at the Walker

Did you know we’ve been running a programme of relaxed sessions for visitors with Autism and learning disabilities across our museums and galleries?

As part of our work with Autism Together and Autism in Museums we’ve been learning what we need to do to extend our welcome to visitors with Autism and learning disabilities, their friends and families.  As a result we’ve started hosting regular events which you can find on our website and written a series of Welcome Guides for our museums and galleries which aim to take the guess work out of a visit and seek to answer some of our most frequently asked questions which arise when anyone is thinking about visiting.  You can view and download a guide before you visit or borrow one from the information desk during a visit. Read more…

50 years of children’s books, music, ghosts & limitless inspiration this half term

19 October 2018 by Ann

All the Year Round (c) Quentin Blake

The first half-term back at school always feels like the longest.  The summer sun and heatwave seem a distant memory as the nights draw in, jumpers and blankets are found at the back of cupboards and the heating is reluctantly switched on.

To counteract the impending gloom the Lady Lever has opened it new exhibition Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 years of Children’s Books, a riot of colour and joyful illustrations to put fun firmly at the centre of half term! Read more…

Everyone welcome – especially unicorns

28 September 2018 by Ann

Unicorns learning about life in the Eighteenth century!

The Lady Lever Art Gallery was named in memory of Lord Lever’s wife Elizabeth and was built to house an art collection to share with Lever’s soap factory workers.  It’s always been about community and inclusion and today is no different.  It’s not uncommon for us to hear parents say they don’t think the gallery is for them as they fear they’ll be too noisy or it’ll go over the kids’ heads.  We’d like to shout from the top of our beautiful glass domes that we love noise, creativity and little ones and we’d love you to come and visit! Read more…

Countdown to launch!

14 September 2018 by Ann

It’s only three days to launch for a new programme of Planetarium shows! From Monday 17 September you can explore the mysteries of the universe and the wonders of the night sky with our mind blowing shows without leaving the comfort and safety of your seat. Our shows explain the latest scientific discoveries for young and old alike and feature current scientific research that helps us learn more about planet Earth and our universe.

For only £3 for Adults and £2 for children (aged 3+) and concessions, far less than a ticket on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceflights, let us take you into space and widen your horizons.

Better still National Museums Liverpool members can now see Planetarium shows for free, just collect a ticket from the ground floor information desk on the day before you jet up to the fifth floor Space and Time gallery.  Read more…

Summer holiday space exploration at World Museum

25 July 2018 by Ann

Out of this world at World Museum’s Planetarium

The temperature is not only building outside World Museum during the heatwave but inside with the summer holiday programme of Planetarium shows.

With mini documentary shows for adults, cartoon based shows for preschoolers and fun informative shows for older children with an interest in space and astronomy we have something for every space explorer.

Screenings start at 10.30am with a ten minute introductory show looking at The Sky at Night and run through until 3.45pm with our longer, more informative shows. Tickets must be purchased from the ground floor information desk so make that your first stop of the day.

National Museums Liverpool members  can now see Planetarium shows for FREE so arrive early, collect your ticket from the information desk (subject to availability) and take some time out of your day to explore the final frontier.

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Tanabata day at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

3 July 2018 by Ann

Tanabata or the Star festival

Tanabata, or Star Festival, is traditionally held on the evening of the 7 July in Japan, but can continue throughout August.  This year we are celebrating Tanabata day at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in the Family Activity Rooms on Saturday from 1-4pm.

The Festival traces its origins to a romantic legend that the Weaver Star (Vega) and the Cowherd Star (Altair), had been separated by a god of the sky, called ‘Tentei’, and only permitted to reunite once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.

According to legend, the two stars fell in love and married but were cast apart by the bride’s angry father, because the bride was so much in love that she neglected her weaving of shoes or cloth. Read more…

Teens takeover Port Sunlight!

28 June 2018 by Ann

Kids in museums takeover day

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.  This year the pupils of Bolton School, from art gallery founder William Hesketh Lever’s hometown in Lancashire will takeover the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Sunday 1 July.

Students from year groups across the school have planned a day of music, drama, craft and creative celebration as part of their ongoing Leverhulme Festival.

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Architectural lines – a drawing and print workshop with Kathryn Edwards

17 May 2018 by Ann

Workshop leader Kathryn Edwards

Kathryn Edwards is an Artist and Musician. She will be delivering line drawing workshops at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on 9 June and 24 July as part of the Whistler and Pennell: Etching the city exhibition.

In this blog we give a background to Kathryn as a workshop leader, an insight into how the work of Whistler and Pennell sparked the inspiration for these workshops, which are suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike and all about creating confidence. Kathryn’s art is about interpretation and in this free workshop she wants visitors to feel every line created is the right one, no erasers needed!

Places on the workshop are free but spaces are limited, advance booking via Eventbrite is essential.

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New resources and quiet sessions for visitors with Autism and learning difficulties

10 May 2018 by Ann

Welcome guides for World Museum, Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum

National Museums Liverpool, working with partners Autism Together, has signed up to the Autism Charter to help make our museums and galleries more autism-friendly for visitors, families and colleagues living with autism and learning difficulties.

We have produced a new range of Welcome guides for the museums and will be rolling out new guides for the galleries later in the year.  We’d love you to take a look and let us know what you think of them.  We hope they will help visitors prepare for a visit and answer many of your questions during a visit.  They can be downloaded from our website or copies can be borrowed from the information desks at World Museum, Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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From New York to London via Port Sunlight

2 May 2018 by Ann

A first glimpse of the exhibition

We’re preparing to bring a little bit of city life to Port Sunlight  and the Lady Lever Art Gallery this week as we countdown to the opening of our spring exhibition Whistler & Pennell: Etching the city on Friday 4 May.

Profiling the work of American artists; James McNeill Whistler and Joseph Pennell who made London their home, the exhibition reveals their passion, innovation and influence upon an artistic technique that at the time was in decline.

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