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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…

A romantic proposal at the Walker Art Gallery

21 May 2015 by Felicity

She said yes!

She said yes!

Love was well and truly in the air at the Walker Art Gallery earlier this month, when our Visitor Services team were called upon to help out with a very special visitor request…

Meghan Crockett, Assistant Visitor Services Manager, tells us how the plan came together – with very happy results!

“We had a phone call on Saturday afternoon from a man named John who was planning to propose to his girlfriend Jennifer at the Gallery. Read more…

Art inspires art at the Walker Art Gallery

22 April 2015 by Felicity

Image of David's painting of the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus

David’s painting of the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus

In this blog post, Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Classical Antiquities, tells us how National Museums Liverpool’s sculpture collection inspired art student David Brown:

“Museum curators are in a constant dialogue with people and we are always keen to explore how collections can inspire people with different skills.

Recently I was approached by David Brown, a Level 3 City and Guilds Art and Design student who wanted to know more about a sculptural bust that he thought he saw in World Museum. The bust is actually on show in the Sculpture Gallery at the Walker Art Gallery and it one of the pieces from the collection of Henry Blundell. Read more…

Exciting plans for World Museum’s Ancient Egypt galleries

27 February 2015 by Felicity

Image of a mummy from World Museum's collection

A new ‘Mummy Room’ will house 12 mummies

Fantastic news! World Museum has received a grant of £300,000 towards the expansion and improvement of our much-loved Ancient Egypt galleries.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation have endorsed the exciting project through the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, which includes plans to build a new ‘Mummy Room’ and to redisplay 4,000 incredible objects, some of which have never-before been publically shown. Read more…

Guest blog: how our Henry VIII portrait inspired ‘Wolf Hall’ costumes

28 January 2015 by Felicity

Image of The Walker Art Gallery's Henry VIII portrait

The Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait

The Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait is one of the most recognisable paintings in our collection. It is derived from the Whitehall Mural, painted by Hans Holbein in 1537.

We were thrilled to hear that the portrait inspired Clare Vyse, Assistant Costume Designer for BBC/ Company pictures’ Wolf Hall – one of this year’s most talked about new dramas!

In this guest blog, Clare tells us how portraits of the king proved to be an invaluable resource when designing his costumes:

“We used all the available portraiture when researching King Henry’s clothes for Wolf Hall, but Holbein’s paintings were particularly influential because his work is so clear and detailed – they are such a valuable resource.

The Henry in our story is younger and slimmer than the one in this portrait, but in later episodes he wears an outfit that is based on this very painting. Read more…

Last chance to see Downton dresses on display!

9 January 2015 by Felicity

Image showing a selection of dresses worn by some favourite characters from the series

A selection of dresses worn by some favourite characters from the show

If you haven’t made it to the Lady Lever Art Gallery to see Style from the Small Screen yet, then hurry! The exhibition closes on Sunday 18 January.

Featuring exquisite costumes from the incredibly popular television series, Downton Abbey, expect to step into an era of elegance and glamour. Read more…

My reason for joining the Centenary Club – by Gavin Hunter

8 December 2014 by Felicity

Image shows Historian Gavin Hunter at the Gallery

Historian Gavin Hunter at the Gallery

Lever historian Gavin Hunter is a regular visitor, and speaker, at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Here he shares what he loves most about the Gallery, as well as his very special reason for joining the Centenary Club: Read more…

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