Our venues

Blog

REALITY: “…a collection of my favourite contemporary British paintings”

14 July 2015 by Lisa

Chris Stevens in his studio.

Chris Stevens in his studio.

The REALITY exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery is now open and we’ve already had some brilliant feedback. Visitors have been tweeting about their experiences:

” #REALITY exhibition @walkergallery is a great testament to British artists.”

“‘Consulting the Oracle’ by Caroline Walker really moved me…”

If you’ve not yet been to see this varied exhibition of striking – and at times gritty – paintings, here’s an introduction to the show by curator and artist, Chris Stevens:  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 tomorrow.

The drawing, Study for Temptation of St Anthony (1909), will be on show as part of a new display at the Walker Art Gallery, Picasso on Paper, which runs until 31 October 2015.

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…

We dig football!

13 July 2015 by Liz

old map showing houses and fields, with one property highlighted

Detail from James Newlands’ 1847 map of Liverpool showing the Queen’s Head. Courtesy of Digital Archives Association http://digitalarchives.co.uk/

This weekend, on Saturday 18 July, our archaeologists will be heading out looking for a pub – but this one won’t serve them a pint, it’s the site of an important historical event, and is under the ground!

The Museum of Liverpool archaeology team will be leading a community excavation in search of the Queen’s Head, Village Street, Everton in partnership with Friends of Everton Park . We’re looking to find the spot where the agreement was made to rename St Domingo’s Football Club – it became Everton FC in 1879, and from this time grew in size, and became a founder member of the Football League in 1888.

Local historian and former Liverpool Echo sports editor Ken Rogers, author of the best-selling ‘Lost Tribes of Everton’ books has undertaken considerable research about the building, and has discovered Read more…

Transatlantic 175 birthday celebration

10 July 2015 by Ellie

Maura on the Liverpool Waterfront

Maura in Liverpool on 4 July 2015. Image courtesy of Kate Warner.

One lady who enjoyed the Cunard Transatlantic 175 events last weekend is Maura Doyle. Her family arranged for her to spend her 95th birthday celebrations in Liverpool so that she could mark the special anniversary, including a visit to Merseyside Maritime Museum. Read more…

Lusitania 100 years later: never forget

9 July 2015 by Sam Vaux

Propaganda poster of the Lusitania sinking liner.

Following the war, the Lusitania was used as a propaganda tool. This dramatic image shows the sinking liner, while encouraging Irishmen to join an Irish regiment and ‘avenge the Lusitania’. © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division/J Kent Layton Collection

This is the tenth and final blog post in a series by J Kent Layton, maritime historian and author of ‘Lusitania: an illustrated biography’, to accompany the exhibition Lusitania: life, loss, legacy at Merseyside Maritime Museum:

“The Titanic remains the most famous ocean liner disaster in history. Yet the sinking of the Lusitania is a subject that still fascinates us today. While both she and the Titanic suffered untimely demise, their lives and deaths could hardly have been more dissimilar. Read more…

Visions of Venice, a watercolour challenge?

9 July 2015 by Ann

Watercolour of a Venetian scene by Steven Hersey

Watercolour by Steven Hersey

Would you like to explore your creative side and spend a few hours painting with watercolours in the inspiring setting of the Lady Lever Art Gallery?

As part of our Picturing Venice exhibition free, event programme we have linked up with Wirral artist Steven Hersey to run watercolour workshops exploring painting composition and technique. 

The first of two workshops was held this week and resulted in some beautiful artworks from our participants, all of whom honed their artistic skills with guidance from Steven by focusing on image making techniques in the free 3 hour workshop.

Vision of Venice participants workAll participants created a watercolour painting of a typical Venetian scene, which they were able to take away with them.  This free workshop will be repeated on 22nd July, 1  – 4pm and can be booked online.

Do come and join us!

Quotes from this weeks group included:
Lovely way to spend an afternoon!  Inspirational. Thank you Steve.”
  “Really enjoyed the workshop and learnt new techniques.”
Excellent tuition in easy stages.” 
   “First class! Pace and content well judged. Great and well worth attending.”

 

Encounters – Broken Lives

7 July 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Photograph of a JoginiTo accompany our powerful new exhibition Broken Lives: slavery in modern India, we have a series of talks and events exploring the themes and issues in the display. The next talk on Saturday 11 July will highlight how some Dalit women and girls are forced into ritual sex slavery as Joginis and what is being done to combat this exploitation. Later on in the year on 21 November, author David Skivington will be talking about why modern slavery in India is central to his writing.

Here, David tells us more about what inspired him to use his second novel to raise awareness of the Jogini system: Read more…

Scouse hair-rollers from the past

6 July 2015 by Liz

small ceramic bar

18th century wig curler found during excavations before the construction of the Crown Court in Liverpool

The HAIR exhibition in the Museum of Liverpool explores how Black hair styles have evolved and how they reflect wider social change and political movements. It considers the ways in which hairstyles have reflected status, identity and creativity from early African origins to the present. As an archaeologist this got me thinking about what we might be able to interpret about Black British people’s hairstyles from archaeological evidence.   Read more…

Cunard 175: The ship that started it all

3 July 2015 by Jen

Model of PS Britannia

Model of PS Britannia. Accession number 33.97

If you’ve been in Liverpool over the last couple of months it will have been hard to miss the city’s excitement. Cunard, one of the world’s most famous shipping lines, is celebrating their 175th anniversary right here in their home city and, like everything Cunard does, they’re doing it in style. The Three Queens (Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2) made their magnificent entry to the city on 25 May, but Cunard’s beginnings 175 years ago were on a slightly smaller scale. Read more…

Liverpool Grand Prix

2 July 2015 by Liz

trophy with a man waving a flag on top

Aintree Circuit Lap Record Trophy. On display in Wondrous Place gallery in the Museum of Liverpool

I’m an archaeologist at the Museum of Liverpool, so this blog relates to history which is a bit modern for me, but in my down-time I follow Formula One motorsport and have an interest in its history.

This weekend’s British Grand Prix marks the 60th anniversary of the first time a British Driver won a Grand Prix on home soil.  Read more…

About our blog

Welcome to the National Museums Liverpool blog! Written by our staff and volunteers, we’ll give you a peek behind the scenes of our museums and galleries.

Award-winning blog

corpcomms awards winner logo

Subscribe

RSS RSS Feed

Disclaimer

We try to ensure that the information provided on our blog is accurate and that appropriate permissions to use images have been sought. The opinions in each blog are very much those of the individuals writing.