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Tantalising tygs

27 March 2018 by Clare

It’s always fascinating delving through archive boxes from earlier, past excavations; you never quite know what you’ll come across! While searching through a box of finds from the 1980s Castle Hill excavation in Newton-le-Willows, I came across a few familiar pottery sherds which I recognised almost immediately as being similar to 17th century drinking cups I had excavated a few years ago at Rainford Tennis Courts, in the village of Rainford near St Helens.

These drinking cups were historically known as ‘tygs’ and were generally multi-handled cups made in the 16th–18th centuries. Read more…

Spring in Port Sunlight

23 March 2018 by Ann

Exterior of Lady Lever Art Gallery in the Spring

Exterior of Lady Lever Art Gallery in the Spring

There’s no better time to hop on the train and discover the beauty of Spring this Easter in Port Sunlight.  With two Merseyrail stations in the village (Port Sunlight and Bebington), grab the kids, pack a picnic and explore the tree and daffodil lined avenues while the kids are off school.  With the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Centre to explore, stay a day or stay all week we’ve plenty to keep you all occupied. Read more…

A transatlantic trip for John Gibson’s Tinted Venus

23 March 2018 by Lottie

Last year, the Walker Art Gallery received a request for the loan of John Gibson’s Tinted Venus from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. John Gibson was a neo-classical sculptor who worked from studios in Rome. He first showed this sculpture at the 1862 International Exhibition, where his use of colour on marble caused quite a stir.

While many were critical of this ‘new’ way of presenting sculpture, Gibson was in fact referencing the ancient Greek practice of fully painted statuary. Gibson went on to receive commissions for two more Tinted Venuses.

This particular sculpture hadn’t been on loan since the mid-1990s and required a thorough inspection in order for us to make an informed decision about whether it could be considered for international travel. Read more…

Autism Together

23 March 2018 by Laura

Man on boat

Alex, contributor on ‘Future Visions: Voices of the autism community’

A new film that marks the 50th anniversary of Merseyside-based charity Autism Together is now on display at Museum of Liverpool in The People’s Republic Gallery.

‘Future Visions: Voices of the autism community’ asks local people living with autism to think ahead to what they would like and hope to achieve in the next fifty years, and celebrates their successes so far.

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Easter at the Museums

22 March 2018 by Megan

Hop along to your local museum for a free dose of Easter fun! We have a fantastic selection of events, activities and new exhibitions there’s something for everyone to be ‘egg-cited’ about at National Museums Liverpool this Easter. Read more…

A meeting of minds

22 March 2018 by Liz

In the current television series, Civilisations, David Olusoga has explored the idea that art and creativity are always on the frontline when cultures meet. Olusoga observed that through history encounters between different peoples have been be for many reasons, and have resulted in peaceful exchange or violent clashes. Read more…

What’s on at the Walker over the next 12 months?

21 March 2018 by Felicity

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, The May Queen, 1900. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

We’ve just announced our upcoming exhibition programme for the next 12 months. Highlights for early 2019 include a major showcase of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh as well as a display of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection Trust.

The John Moores Painting Prize will take centre stage in summer 2018, celebrating 60 years of the Prize. It opens in line with an exhibition of early works by Sean Scully, who is a former John Moores prize winner. The exhibitions run from 14 July, coinciding with the opening of Liverpool Biennial 2018.

We’ll continue to work with contemporary artists as part of the Arts Council Collection’s National Partners Programme and will present works selected by Leo Fitzmaurice from our own collection as well as the Arts Council Collection in a new display opening on 29 September 2018. Read more…

Double Fantasy John & Yoko

20 March 2018 by Laura

John and Yoko

Photo by Keith McMillan (c) Yoko Ono

On what would have been the couple’s 49th wedding anniversary we are very proud to announce a major new exhibition, telling the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono Lennon’s profound personal and creative chemistry at the Museum of Liverpool. Read more…

A tour for the senses

19 March 2018 by Steven Williams

Museum display with wooden flaps to lift with smells of goods from Liverpool's docks

The ‘Smells galore’ interactive in The Great Port gallery is just one of the sensory experiences at the Museum of Liverpool.

Liverpool is a city that has undoubtedly left its mark on history: world famous long before The Beatles, its rise, fall and rise again is a rich story of innovation and struggle, suffering and prosperity.

The Museum of Liverpool exists to tell this story, displaying a diverse selection of objects in a modern, purpose built museum for all to see. But what if you couldn’t see the objects, what if you couldn’t hear the audio descriptions or engage with the interactive exhibits?

These questions led to the development of ‘sensory tours’: an opportunity to be guided around the museum discovering artefacts and exhibits that can be interacted with in a number of different ways. Read more…

Tickets available for after-hours Terracotta Warriors events

16 March 2018 by Eleanor Webster

terracotta-warriors-world-museum

© Gareth Jones

Since our China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition opened at World Museum, visitors have hailed the exhibition as a ‘once in-a-lifetime experience’. The exhibition not only showcases a number of objects which have never been seen before in the UK, but it is also just the third time that the terracotta warriors have been on show in the UK – and the first time they have come to Liverpool – since their discovery in 1974.
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