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European Shark Week!

12 October 2012 by Lisa

Girl getting her face painted

There’s something fishy going on… it’s shark week at World Museum! Here’s Education Demonstrator Alyster Chapman to tell us more:

It’s that time of year again when Europe celebrates European Shark Week. We will be having shark activities this weekend, 13-14 October, at World Museum. 

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Edward Lear: Artist, Explorer and Poet

6 June 2012 by Lisa

Cartoon of man walking

Cartoon by Edward Lear.

Edward Lear had a vast and varied career as an artist spanning six decades.  To mark 100 years since Lear’s birth the Walker Art Gallery has developed a small display of five of Lear’s most stunning watercolours from his years spent travelling from 1837 to his death in 1888.  
Lear annotated his sketches with notes and descriptions, giving the works a highly personal quality. He deliberately misspelt words and played with repetition and senseless phrases, creating his own unique language.  Today he is best remembered for his nonsense poetry and caricatures, which demonstrate his offbeat humour and personality. 
Lucy Gardner, Assistant Curator of Fine Art, was so inspired when researching the display she took to writing her own nonsense poetry which sparked an idea for our latest competition!
See below for details and how to enter…

Competition

Are you a hiding a talent for nonsense poetry?  
Send us your own four line poem (with or without accompanying illustration) inspired by the works of Edward Lear to be in with a chance of winning the richly illustrated book, ‘A Passion for Natural History’.
It explores the life of the 13th Earl of Derby (owner of nearby Knowsley Hall) and his relationship with Edward Lear. 
Send us your entry by Friday 21 September 2012, entries should be sent to: prizedraw@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk 
To get you started here’s Lucy’s poem: 

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Celebrate World Oceans Day

6 June 2012 by Lisa

Our staff from the aquarium don’t just work at World Museum, they also head out into the city – and sometimes to the River Mersey – to help spread the word about the importance of looking after our marine life.

This week Alyster Chapman, an Education Demonstrator at the aquarium, is looking forward to celebrating World Oceans Day…


World Oceans Day 2012

On Friday 8 June, the aquarium team will be heading down to Liverpool One with some of our more outgoing animals to celebrate World Oceans Day.  Come down and find us for the chance to get up close to our rock pool animals and even touch some of them!  Read more…

Reflecting on the Jubilee: West African Portrait Figures of Queen Victoria

1 June 2012 by Lisa

Did you know that we have quite a few regal objects at World Museum? We started thinking about our royalty-related artefacts this week in the run up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and we thought we’d share a couple of them with you.

Both these carvings are on display in the World Cultures gallery in the World Museum, so why not come along and see them this weekend as an alternative to all that bunting!

Here’s our Curator of African Collections, Zachary Kingdon to tell us more about them… Read more…

The mystery of Mrs Wells

22 May 2012 by Lisa

Here’s a blog by Sarah Hardy who is helping out at the Lady Lever Art gallery as part of her Art History masters degree. 

Sarah will be giving a talk about Zoffany’s portrait of Robert Badeley at 1pm on Wednesday 23 May 2012.


Painting of a man

Robert Baddeley as Moses in Sheridan’s ‘The School for Scandal’ c1781, by Johann Zoffany (1734/5 – 1810).

I am currently working on a project through my Art History masters degree at the University of Manchester. My task is to write all the labels for three 18th century art and furniture rooms at Lady Lever Art Gallery. So if you come and visit in the near future, the labels you read in rooms 22-24, will have been written by me! 

I am thoroughly enjoying this experience and look forward to my Wednesday visits, when I am let loose on the archives to uncover the history of some incredibly rare and valuable art works. Using this information to tell you the story of our art has been incredibly rewarding. Read more…

Spring arrives at Sudley House

8 May 2012 by Lisa

One of the most unique things about Sudley House is its wonderful grounds and the garden, which visitors can really make the most of now that the weather is improving! Here is Visitor Host Simon Breedon to tell us more…


Member of staff looking in the pond

Visitor Host Simon Breedon admiring Sudley’s pond.

Fantastic news – Spring seems to have finally sprung here at Sudley House! Tiny creatures are swimming merrily around the pond in the courtyard; birds are tweeting in the trees (who’d have thought that they carry mobile phones!) and the Rhododendron bushes are starting to bloom. 

In fact most of the trees in the grounds are slowly putting out leaves, giving the whole estate a beautiful ‘countryside’ feel. There are two magnificent and mighty Tulip trees which are well worth heading over to see, especially in a couple of months when the lovely little tulip-like flowers are in full bloom. Read more…

Win a mounted print of the RMS Olympic ship!

10 April 2012 by Lisa

RMS Olympic ship

White star liner Olympic – sister of Titanic – looking aft (1920). Reproduced by permission of English Heritage: BL24990/021

To commemorate the Titanic centenary, we’re offering you the chance to win an A3 mounted print of either Titanic’s sister ship RMS Olympic or the White Star Line’s Liverpool offices! 

One runner up will receive a copy of ‘Titanic and Liverpool’ by Alan Scarth and a photography book which accompanies our current exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

To enter, you need to answer this question:

Which photographer(s) were commissioned by the White Star Line to photograph RMS Olympic in 1920?  Read more…

Getting to know the Ancient Greeks

2 April 2012 by Lisa

Here’s Education Demonstrator Angelica Vanasse to tell us about some of the fun school sessions that have been going on over the past few weeks at the Walker…


Children dressed up in costume at the gallery

Pupils from St Monica’s have fun learning about Greek mythology.

St Monica’s RC Primary School visited the Walker Art Gallery last month to learn about Greek mythology.  We looked at the painting ‘Atlanta and Meleaga’ by Charles Le Brun, which shows the legendary Caledonian boar hunt, as part of our introduction. Telling the tales behind the character’s lives and the story of the hunt, we discovered lots about the mythology behind the painting.  Read more…

Earth hour at our museums and galleries

26 March 2012 by Lisa

Earth Hour 2012

Earth Hour 2012 is taking place on Saturday 31 March at 8.30pm and here at National Museums Liverpool, we are proudly joining in! We will be switching off all external lighting at our museums and galleries where possible, including at World Museum and the Walker Art Gallery. Internal lights will be switched off at Museum of Liverpool.   

To get involved all you have to do is switch off your lights for one hour! More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011

The lights at the following landmarks were also switched off in 2011: Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, The Forbidden City, Buckingham Palace, Golden Gate Bridge and Christ the Redeemer statue. 

It is hoped that this event sends a powerful message for action on climate change and shows how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.   Read more…

How many planets can you see?

5 March 2012 by Lisa

It’s planet-hunting time! Here’s John Moran from the planetarium to tell us what to look out for this month…


Planets in the night sky

Planetary conjunction with Venus and Jupiter. Image courtesy of Peter Vandevelde from the astronomie.be website.

During March there will be more planets on view that you can shake a reflecting telescope at! Even if you have an obstructed view of part of the sky there will still be a planet or two to look at in the part of the sky that you can see.

At around 9pm we will still have Venus shining bright in the extreme west of the sky; in the south there is Jupiter, south-east there is Mars and finally in the east we have Saturn. If that doesn’t get you excited then nothing will. It’s at times like this that I wish I had a telescope with ‘go-to technology’ – just press a button and it finds your target instantly. Plus, you can also hook it up to a laptop. Sounds brill doesn’t it? 

On the 13 March we have a planetary conjunction with Venus and Jupiter. This is when two or more planets come very close together in the sky from our viewpoint, at which point they will be less than the width of a full moon apart. So, if you look through a telescope or binoculars they will be in the same field of view as each other. Try and notice from now on these two planets as they draw ever closer to each other. Read more…

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