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International Women’s Day at Sudley

3 March 2014 by Louise

Picture of Emma Holt as a child

Young Emma Holt

International Women’s Day has been recognised since the early 1900s and is now officially takes place on 8 March every year. The day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements that women have made and also highlights the areas that need attention. Read more…

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

28 January 2014 by Louise

Picture of the lion dancers with the front end of the lion stood on a barrell while the laughing monk watches

See this spectacular dance performed at the Lady Lever!

New Year may seem a distant memory, but this Friday sees another round of festivities begin with Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Horse. Read more…

‘Le Plongeur’ by David Hockney

15 November 2013 by Louise

Picture of a man in a seat viewing Hockney's 'Le Plongeur'

‘Le Plongeur’ by David Hockney

David Hockney’s ‘Le Plongeur’ is part of the Walker Art Gallery’s new exhibition, ‘David Hockney: Early reflections’. It looks like a painting; however, Tuesday’s talk from Jill Iredale (Curator at Cartwright Hall in Bradford) revealed that Hockney actually created the image from pulped paper. After using a thin layer of white paper as a base, Hockney made coloured paper pulp, poured this into a metal stencil and then later pressed the mixture. Read more…

Happy Durga Puja!

10 October 2013 by Louise

Picture of the hindu idols Mother Durga and Mahishasura

Mother Durga and the demon Mahishasura

Earlier this week, three Hindu idols which are traditionally used in the festival’s celebrations, were put on display in the atrium at the Museum, coinciding nicely with the beginning of Durga Puja. The idols were donated to us from the Bengali Association of Merseyside, who use statues like this every year during Durga Puja. Read more…

Discover the Walker’s highlights

12 September 2013 by Louise

Self portrait of Rembrandt with light falling over the left side of his face

‘Self-portrait as a young man’, Rembrandt Van Rijn

The Walker Art Gallery now proudly sports an audio guide which provides a brilliant introduction to the gallery’s highlights. It only costs £1.95 and there’s enough on there to get several visits worth out of it if you don’t want to listen to everything in one go. Read more…

Celebrate Liverpool’s heritage!

11 September 2013 by Louise

Picture of Sudley House

Take a grand tour of Sudley’s grounds

Every September sees hundreds of historic cultural venues open to the public for Heritage Open Days and here at the museums, we’re extending our celebration of the Liverpool’s heritage with activities and events taking place throughout September. Read more…

We’re on Pinterest!

22 August 2013 by Louise

Painting of lots of small handles

‘Handles’ by Lisa Milroy

Lovers of Pinterest will be pleased to know that you can now find the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House on there! For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s an online collection of ‘pin boards’ where you can collect and organise pictures from the web by ‘pinning’ them onto themed boards. To make this nice and easy, Pinterest provide a bookmarklet that you drag and drop onto your browser, you then click this to pin a picture to one of your boards. This ‘pin’ is a link back to where the picture has come from. This means you can find out more about the picture or search for others.  Read more…

Sudley Mini Beast Safari

26 July 2013 by Louise

Picture of a harlequin ladybird on a leaf

A harlequin ladybird

Here’s a post from Simon who is Visitor Host at Sudley House:

“Several local primary schools recently had the chance to go on a “Mini Beast Safari” around the grounds of Sudley House. The leader of the expedition was Paul Finnegan from the Education Team at the Bug House at the World Museum. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite Festival

24 June 2013 by Louise

Picture of a painting showuing an angel leading Dante to his dying lover Isabelle

‘Dante’s Dream’, Rossetti, 1871

With ‘The Drawing of Edward Burne-Jones‘ now open at the Lady Lever Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite art is some of the best loved around. Here at the museums, we’ve just published a new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool‘. Written by Laura MacCulloch, the book gives a neat overview of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which began in 1848 and details some of the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite works in the National Museums Liverpool collection. Read more…

LightNight at the museums

14 May 2013 by Louise

Museum of Liverpool exterior at night

Dusk at Museum of Liverpool (c) Ben Kirkpatrick

There’s not long to go until Liverpool’s one-night arts festival, LightNight this Friday and here at the museums we’ve got plenty to offer.

Museum of Liverpool are celebrating ancient history with Big Heritage’s Roman Medicine Roadshow from 4-8pm. There’ll be the opportunity to join a workshop with a bone specialist who will demonstrate how we can learn about past lives from human remains; then watch Roman Gladiators fight it out and have their wounds healed using Roman herbal remedies. You can even look like you’ve been part of the battle by paying a visit to make-up artists, So Coco Rouge who will be using their skills to inflict battle wounds and scars on willing visitors. Read more…