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Rare chandelier discovered at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

25 March 2016 by Felicity

Terence installing the chandelier in the new galleries c. Gareth Jones

Terence installing the chandelier in the new galleries c. Gareth Jones

Restoring the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s new South End galleries, which open to visitors today, has been an incredibly exciting, and revealing, process!

In reversing many of the changes that were made to the Gallery in the 1960s, we’ve made some fantastic discoveries. We’ve found elaborate wallpaper hidden behind casing – even ‘secret doors’ which we’ve been able to reopen!

Perhaps one of the most exciting discoveries, though, relates to a very much overlooked rare chandelier. Read more…

Meeting Mr Miller – our new research on a Pre-Raphaelite patron

3 March 2016 by Felicity

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Ahead of an exciting free lecture taking place at the Gallery on Saturday, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, shares some of the findings of her research into Liverpool collector John Miller: Read more…

Tim Peake to call World Museum from the International Space Station!

25 January 2016 by Felicity

Primary school children also celebrated Tim Peake's launch into space at World Museum

Primary school children also celebrated Tim Peake’s launch into space at World Museum

Exciting news just in! World Museum has been selected as the only venue in the UK to host a live educational in-flight call with Tim Peake during his mission on board the International Space Station. Read more…

The Newsround crew join 300 excited school children for blast off!

16 December 2015 by Felicity

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Yesterday World Museum shared the amazing moment that astronaut Tim Peake blasted off on his journey to the International Space Station with 300 extremely excited Merseyside primary school children!

We were also joined by CBBC’s Newsround crew, which only made the moment more memorable for the children – we had lots of fans of the show in the room! Read more…

Paul Scott’s ceramics inspired by Liverpool’s past

19 November 2015 by Felicity

Image of Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

The Walker Art Gallery’s Craft and Design Gallery is an impressive place to be, with ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, furniture and even musical instruments on display; together covering some three hundred years of design history.

No wonder then, that internationally-renowned ceramic artist Paul Scott found ample inspiration from these collections when he visited! So much so, that it inspired him to create a piece that is on show until 28 March 2016 as part of a display in room 13 here at the Walker. Read more…

Cataloging the John Moores Painting Prize

16 October 2015 by Felicity

A range of John Moores Painting Prize catalogues can be seen alongside a selection of first prize winning works in room 11 at the Walker Art Gallery

A range of John Moores Painting Prize catalogues can be seen alongside a selection of first prize-winning works in room 11 at the Walker Art Gallery

We’re now getting into the final weeks of call for entries for the John Moores Painting Prize 2016. Alongside the exhibitions, the John Moores catalogues are one of the most hotly anticipated aspects of the prize. In this blog, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, tells us what makes them so iconic. There’s also an opportunity to win a copy of the 2014 catalogue, signed by first prize-winning artist Rose Wylie, by clicking here. Read more…

Tide predicting machines restored and re-displayed

26 August 2015 by Felicity

Test programming of the Roberts-Légé tide predicting machine (left to right: Steve Newman, Metals Conservation at National Museums Liverpool; Sylvia Asquith & Valerie Doodson (daughter-in-law of Arthur Doodson), both part of the original team of programmers of the machines, and Ian Vassie and Prof. Phil Woodworth, tidal scientists formerly working for the National Oceanographic Centre.

Test programming of the Roberts-Légé tide predicting machine (left to right: Steve Newman, Metals Conservation at National Museums Liverpool; Sylvia Asquith & Valerie Doodson (daughter-in-law of Arthur Doodson), both part of the original team of programmers of the machines, and Ian Vassie and Prof. Phil Woodworth, tidal scientists formerly working for the National Oceanographic Centre.

Restoring two of the most significant tide predicting machines ever built to their former working glory was a challenge recently undertaken by members of our conservation team. In this post, Steve Newman, head of metals conservation at National Museums Liverpool, talks us though the importance of the machines, which are now on display at the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) on Brownlow Street, part of the University of Liverpool campus. Read more…

“Intense, complex and immensely fun” – installing Mayas: Revelation of an Endless Time at World Museum

22 July 2015 by Felicity

Image of Penelope Arque in the Mayas exhibition

Penelope Arque takes in the finished exhibition

World Museum’s new exhibition, Mayas: Revelation of an Endless Time, is the largest temporary exhibition that the Museum has ever hosted. In this blog post, Penelope Arque tells us about the role she played in the project team:

“When you decide to study a degree specialising in Maya art and architecture you do it for the love of the art and deep admiration of a civilisation. If you had told me fifteen years ago as I trekked through dense jungle towards the ancient ruins of Yaxchilán that one day I would be working on the largest Maya exhibition this country has ever hosted, I would never have believed you. But that is exactly what happened. Read more…

Launching this Autumn: Destination Space at World Museum!

15 July 2015 by Felicity

Image of Tim Peake, the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut

Tim Peake, the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut © European Space Agency

This week, we’ve been able to reveal some very exciting news! World Museum has joined forces with the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to run a fantastic new programme at the Museum, providing children and families with an opportunity to learn all about human space flight and follow life on the International Space Station.

We’re one of 20 centres taking part in the national programme, called ‘Destination Space’, which is backed by the UK Space Agency. Last night, Tim Peake officially announced the programme at the UK Space Conference 2015, held here in Liverpool! Read more…

Walker displays rare Picasso drawing for the first time

13 July 2015 by Felicity

Image of the drawing, Study for Temptation of St Anthony (1909), by Pablo Picasso

Study for Temptation of St Anthony (1909), by Pablo Picasso

We’re thrilled to have acquired a drawing by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, which will go on public display for the very first time from 14 July – 31 October 2015.

The drawing, Study for Temptation of St Anthony (1909), will be on show as part of a new display ‘Picasso on Paper‘ at the Walker Art Gallery.

Formerly owned by the great British painter and collector Lucian Freud (1922-2011), the drawing was gifted to National Museums Liverpool by Arts Council England as part of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. Read more…



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