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National Museums Liverpool has Pride!

28 July 2016 by Matt


I remember my first Liverpool Pride, back in 2010. I was finishing off my university year and I stumbled across it quite by accident. Needless to say I had an amazing time and funnily enough I will be having another Pride first this year.

On Saturday, for the first time ever, National Museums Liverpool will have a stall at Liverpool Pride where we’ll be showcasing the work we’ve been carrying out as part of our Pride and Prejudice project. Read more…

Wonderful watercolours and drawings

10 June 2016 by Lisa


Belém Tower, Lisbon (April 30th 1877) by Dr Richard Caton (1842 – 1926)

Curator, Alex Patterson, tells us some of the stories behind the watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection…

“Digitising the works on paper collection is such a great project to work on. I get to see all the wonderful watercolours and drawings that are rarely displayed due to their light sensitivity. Read more…

Symbolism in Art

19 January 2016 by Megan

WAG-304---Love's-Palace-bloHave you ever wondered what something in a painting means, or what the artist intended to say?

Take the image on the left, a detail from J.M. Strudwick’s ‘Love’s Palace’ (in the Drawing Room at Sudley House). Can you see the bubble? Do you know what it means? Read more…

Chinese travelling shrine

2 March 2015 by Tracey

Chinese shrine being cleaned.I have just started getting this intriguing object ready to go out on loan. This shrine is from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, and is of a type typically used on junks by Chinese seafarers in the 18th century.  Read more…

Religion in Art: A focus on William Holman Hunt

24 February 2015 by Megan


The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, Holman Hunt

Holman Hunt was born in 1827 and died in 1910. Around 1848 he helped form the highly influential group of artists called The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, along with John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. One of his aims in painting pictures such as The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple was to create a piece of religious art for the Victorian age. Read more…

New acquisition: a ‘Basaon’ oracle set from Senegal

4 February 2015 by Zachary

Owen Burnham demonstrating how the Basaon oracle is used.

Owen Burnham demonstrating how the Basaon oracle is used.

It is not often that I get offered a really well documented object as a donation to the World Museum’s African collection. Last month I was pleased to accept a unique addition to the collection consisting of a rare divination set, or oracle, from Senegal in West Africa. The oracle, called a Basaon, is used by the Balanta Kanja people of the Casamance region in Southern Senegal and is one of very few remaining oracles of its type.  Read more…

How our Henry VIII portrait inspired ‘Wolf Hall’ costumes

28 January 2015 by Felicity

Image of The Walker Art Gallery's Henry VIII portrait

The Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait

The Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait is one of the most recognisable paintings in our collection. It is derived from the Whitehall Mural, painted by Hans Holbein in 1537.

But did you know that the portrait was used as inspiration for the costumes in BBC drama series, ‘Wolf Hall’?

Clare Vyse, Assistant Costume Designer for the program, tells us how portraits of the king proved to be an invaluable resource when designing his costumes:

“We used all the available portraiture when researching King Henry’s clothes for Wolf Hall, but Holbein’s paintings were particularly influential because his work is so clear and detailed – they are such a valuable resource.

The Henry in our story is younger and slimmer than the one in this portrait, but in later episodes he wears an outfit that is based on this very painting. Read more…

Subtle beasts

7 November 2014 by Zachary

Bakongo Chief's staff collected by A. Ridyard in 1895. WML

Bakongo Chief’s staff collected by A. Ridyard in 1895. WML

Snakes hold a universal fascination, so it is not surprising that our new ‘Sssnakes Alive‘ exhibition at World Museum is drawing large audiences. We all know that some snake species are highly venomous, but people’s fascination with snakes cannot be explained by the fear factor alone.  Read more…

Drawing inspiration from the museum stores

21 August 2014 by Zachary

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store. Image courtesy Pamela Clarkson.

Not all museum projects are part of a long-term plan. Some come about by chance and it was through a stroke of good luck that I was at World Museum when the Ghanaian artist and curator Atta Kwami paid a visit to the African displays in our World Cultures gallery a few months ago. On that occasion I was able to meet Atta over a coffee in the museum café to discuss his current work.  Read more…

Reconnecting with the ancestors at World Museum

30 June 2014 by Zachary

Patrice and Iva

Patrice and Iva in World Cultures Gallery with a portrait of their grandfather and great grandfather.

As curator of the African collections at World Museum I often take groups of visitors round our World Cultures Gallery. I also take individuals and smaller groups, with special interests, behind the scenes to show them our stored collections. Many are students or scholars involved in special research projects, and although they often get excited about what they find in our collections, their interests are mostly intellectual and aesthetic. But recently I had a visit that was rather different because it was from cousins Patrice Wellesley Cole and Iva Johnson.

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