Posts by Sam
31 October 2013 by Sam
Sharp eyed visitors to the Walker Art Gallery may have spotted that two paintings by Poussin and Turner are not currently on display, and may be wondering where they are. With Shakespearean flair, our Senior Paintings Conservator David Crombie has pointed out that a more apt question would be “Wherefore art thou, Poussin?” – I’ll let him explain why:
“Two major works from the Walker Art Gallery were recently sent on loan to an exhibition in Verona, Italy. Nicholas Poussin’s ‘Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion’ and Turner’s ‘Landscape with River and Distant Mountains’ are part of Around Monet: the Landscape from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century currently showing at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the city until February 2014. Read more…
21 October 2013 by Sam
The Caravan Gallery’s Merseystyle exhibition closes this Sunday, 27 October, after delighting and amusing many visitors to the Museum of Liverpool.
To mark the end of the exhibition Jan and Chris, the inquisitive photographers behind the The Caravan Gallery, held a celebration event at the Museum of Liverpool to thank the many people who have been involved in the exhibition and the many associated events over the summer. Read more…
Over the summer lots of people entered our Merseystyle photography competition. As exhibition curator Sharon Brown reports, choosing the winners was a tough job for our judges:
“The exhibition Merseystyle: Photographs by the Caravan Gallery has proved very popular since it opened in the Skylight Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool on 10 May 2013.
As part of the exhibition we ran a photography competition, open to all. We asked people to send in a photograph that reflected a unique and personal view of their neighbourhood in Liverpool or Wirral, using the Caravan Gallery’s unique style as a guide.
We received a fabulous 357 entries. But who would our five winners be? Read more…
Ship and historic models conservator David Parsons has news of a very delicate piece of conservation work that he has been working on:
“Oceanic 2 was built for the White Star Line by Harland & Wolff in 1899, it was commissioned as a merchant-cruiser in the First World War but sank soon after.
I’ve been working on the conservation of the builder’s model of Oceanic 2 for some time now and I’m getting towards finishing it. One of the early decisions I made was to leave the most complicated parts until last, and one of the most complicated things was replacing missing gratings.
5 August 2013 by Sam
Captain Jo Connor, Education Manager at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a fun weekend:
“On Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August Merseyside Maritime Museum welcomed all pirates to join the World Pirate Navy.
We had a different pirate band each day and visitors joined in the fun and the muster marches. Read more…
25 July 2013 by Sam
Here’s an update from Kerry Massheder, Community Archaeology Trainee, on this week’s events at the Museum of Liverpool:
“Yesterday Clare Ahmed, Archaeological Project Officer, and I ran the first of two ‘Help an Archaeologist’ sessions this week. The interactive family sessions are being held as part of the Festival of Archaeology events at the Museum of Liverpool.
We had a really busy afternoon with lots of children and their families taking part in different hands-on activities, including a handling session involving Roman artefacts, sorting Post-Medieval finds, drawing, weighing and describing Roman and Post-Medieval finds to record them and helping on a simulated dig. We also had a number of craft activities including colouring sheets, worksheets, cutting and glueing tasks and quizzes. Read more…
11 July 2013 by Sam
Chris Moseley, Head of Ship and Historic Models Conservation, reports on a historic ship model that was recently conserved ready for a new display that opened this week:
“The ‘Leader’ was the very first ship model presented to National Museums Liverpool’s collections in 1862. It has gone on display this week in the Art and the Sea gallery in Merseyside Maritime Museum, as part of a small display about the Liverpool pilots, marking the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Edmund Gardner pilot ship.
2 July 2013 by Sam
Here’s a sneaky preview of a new display at Merseyside Maritime Museum, from Head of Organics Conservation, Tracey Seddon:
“As we have no textile conservators I get to do sewing again this week. Last week was a 500 year old tapestry. This week I had a rather chic silk scarf from the 1970s.
The scarf was a souvenir from the glamorous QE2 liner. It was designed by the London fashion house, Liberty, with a print featuring Art Deco style images of planes, liners and beaches occupied by beautiful people generally having a fabulous time. Read more…