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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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Spring in Port Sunlight

23 March 2018 by Ann

Exterior of Lady Lever Art Gallery in the Spring

Exterior of Lady Lever Art Gallery in the Spring

There’s no better time to hop on the train and discover the beauty of Spring this Easter in Port Sunlight.  With two Merseyrail stations in the village (Port Sunlight and Bebington), grab the kids, pack a picnic and explore the tree and daffodil lined avenues while the kids are off school.  With the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Centre to explore, stay a day or stay all week we’ve plenty to keep you all occupied. Read more…

17 March 2018: One-day Conference: Slaves of Fashion: Archives, Art and Ethics

2 February 2018 by Ann

To accompany The Singh Twins’ major new exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins at the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool School of Histories, Languages and Cultures are hosting a one-day conference, open to the public to explore the issues raised by The Twins’ new artworks.

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A golden touch for The Scapegoat

15 December 2017 by Ann

As one of the most recognisable works from the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s collection and among William Holman Hunt’s most famous paintings The Scapegoat often attracts a lot of attention.  In art gallery circles this results in frequent requests to loan the painting for exhibitions across the world.  It is our role at National Museums Liverpool to ensure above all that artworks are accessible to as many people as possible, and that they are preserved for generations to come to enjoy as we do today.

Here we give an insight into how we care for such famous and well loved works of art from the perspective of Roy Irlam our frames conservatorRead more…

Remembering the past with tea and biscuits!

26 October 2016 by Ann

Jill and a visitor enjoying a recent Remembering the past session.

Jill and a visitor enjoying a recent Remembering the past session.

Remembering the past is a series of free events for older people where you can enjoy a nostalgic look back at the past with our Visitor Hosts.  Each session has a different theme and everyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

You can come on your own and make new friends or bring a friend with you.  There’s no need to book and refreshments are free so drop in and join us. If you want to speak to us ahead of your visit, call our education team on 0151 478 4143. Read more…



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