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Victorian Treasures showcases new William Holman Hunt acquisition

9 February 2017 by Felicity

The painting is unwrapped for installation at the Walker Art Gallery’s Victorian Treasures exhibition

It’s very rare for the Lady Lever Art Gallery to acquire a new work, as the gallery was built to house the incredible collection amassed by William Hesketh Lever, the 1st Viscount Leverhulme. However, it recently acquired a painting by William Holman Hunt, which was fitting for the gallery due to its connection to the Lever family. The painting, Tuscan Girl, can be seen at the Walker Art Gallery until 7 May as part of its Victorian Treasures exhibition. Read more…

Share a moment at a museum this Valentine’s Day

9 February 2017 by Laura

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Lady Lever Art Gallery makes a perfect destination for a romantic date this Valentine’s. Image © Pete Carr

It’s that time of the year again… when I try and convince you to give something money can’t buy this Valentine’s Day – the pleasure of your company in surroundings full of beauty, culture and history. Read more…

Love is in the Liverpool air!

8 February 2017 by Eleanor Webster

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Sweethearts and Wives by John Ingle Lee greeting card, £2.50

Valentine’s Day is famous for corny gifts, cheesy cards and overpriced flowers, and while some of you may love anything remotely romantic, we prefer unique and meaningful gifts with a twist. We have shops in five of National Museums Liverpool’s venues all offering a different array of gifts, meaning there is something on offer for everyone, love or hate the most romantic day of the year.

You might just want to say it with a card, like this lovely Sweethearts and Wives design, but for those who are struggling to find the perfect present for their loved one, look no further than our gift guide, with products available to buy online now.

 

 

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St John Plessington’s Fresh Perspective

7 February 2017 by Megan

With the exhibition underway we thought it would be good to get the views of the teachers and students who are involved in Fresh Perspectives. Read more…

A warrior with some marker pens, glue and a photocopier!

6 February 2017 by Kay

red ribbon design with hearts

Our second blog post from one of our excellent speakers from OUTing the Past: The 3rd National Festival of LGBT History conference, which is coming to the Museum of Liverpool on 25 February, is Andrew Dineley. Andrew is the Creative Director of Soft Octopus Design Studio and will be discussing his activism and work designing, amongst many other things, Liverpool’s influential first HIV/AIDS public health materials in the 1980s. Read more…

Spotlight on: Roman Sculpture

2 February 2017 by Chrissy Partheni

Statue of Athena (the 'Ince Athena')

Statue of Athena (the ‘Ince Athena’)

Ancient marble sculpture is irresistibly attractive:  there are strong, ideal and sensual bodies, elaborate folds and drapery, complex hairstyles and realist or ideal faces to admire at.  For centuries Ancient Classical sculpture came to epitomise beauty, to connect physical beauty with spiritual one and often to promote virtue and good citizenship.  But is there more than meets the eye?

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Members wowed by Victorian Treasures

1 February 2017 by Sarah Houghton

Members event at the Walker Art GalleryOur members enjoyed a great evening last week when they had the opportunity to view our new exhibition Victorian Treasures before it opened to the public. This beautiful exhibition brings together more than 60 Victorian paintings and watercolours from the art collections here at National Museums Liverpool that have never been displayed together before.

During this out of hours event members enjoyed a complimentary drink in the café before hearing from renowned art historian and curator Christopher Newall. Christopher explained the early discussions he’d had with Sandra Penketh, our Director of Art Galleries, about putting together an exhibition of beautiful Victorian paintings, solely from our collections. He also enthralled members with tales from Japan, where the exhibition toured. Read more…

‘Corruption of public morals’! – OUTing the Past

31 January 2017 by Kay

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International Times with ‘Busted’ headline. Courtesy Liverpool John Moores University

In the run up to our free conference OUTing the Past: The 3rd National Festival of LGBT History on 25 February, we will be publishing some special guest blogs by our exciting speakers to give you a flavour of the day and to find out more.

Our first is Valerie Stevenson, Head of Academic Services, Liverpool John Moores University who will be revealing the prosecution case of the International Times newspaper and the ‘corruption of public morals’. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: Looking North artist Jason Thompson

27 January 2017 by Scott Smith

Artist Jason Thompson with his work in the Looking North exhibition

Artist Jason Thompson with his works in the Looking North exhibition.

Jason Thompson is one of the artists featured in Looking North, a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that presents work by artists from the North-West of England.

Jason was born in Liverpool and still lives and works there. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design London both for his BA (1990-93) and MA (1993-94). Jason currently works for National Museums Liverpool and is based at the Walker Art Gallery.

We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 31st January… Read more…

Caught by the Wolf: remembering the SS Matheran

26 January 2017 by Ben

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Prisoners on the deck of SMS Wolf. © IWM (Q 53085)

In today’s Times newspaper, there is a small but poignant notice:

“BOY ABDUL, Indian Merchant Service. Sole casualty, SS Matheran, Brocklebank Line, Liverpool, Captain Maurice Addy. Sunk by a mine off Cape Town, SA, 26 January 1917. Remembered today on the Seamen’s Memorial in Mumbai and by his Captain’s family.”

100 years ago today, the Liverpool ship SS Matheran was sunk by a mine laid by one of Germany’s most notorious ships – the SMS Wolf.  Read more…



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