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Art inspires art at the Walker Art Gallery

22 April 2015 by Felicity

Image of David's painting of the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus

David’s painting of the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus

In this blog post, Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Classical Antiquities, tells us how National Museums Liverpool’s sculpture collection inspired art student David Brown:

“Museum curators are in a constant dialogue with people and we are always keen to explore how collections can inspire people with different skills.

Recently I was approached by David Brown, a Level 3 City and Guilds Art and Design student who wanted to know more about a sculptural bust that he thought he saw in World Museum. The bust is actually on show in the Sculpture Gallery at the Walker Art Gallery and it one of the pieces from the collection of Henry Blundell. Read more…

Private tours of conservation studio this members’ month

3 April 2015 by Sarah Houghton

Paintings conservator at work in the studioDid you know that there are 3250 paintings in our collections which are all looked after by our paintings conservation department?  This year during members’ month in May, our members can immerse themselves into this fascinating world of paintings conservation and enjoy a private tour of the studio, something that isn’t available to the general public. Read more…

Our international collections: Liverpool, Cleveland and Southport!

10 March 2015 by Ann

Antiquities blog

Here’s  our curator of classical antiquities, Chrissy Partheni, to tell us about where some of our ‘travelling’ collections will be on show:

“At National Museums Liverpool we always strive to increase access to our collections in different ways. We display our collections at our various venues as a way of facilitating public access and interpretation, but we also share our collections with other institutions ( museums, galleries, heritage and other public venues ). Recently the Cleveland Museum of Art, USA and the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport have borrowed significant pieces from our Ince Blundell collection.  Read more…

International Women’s Day – Bessie Braddock

2 March 2015 by Kay

portrait photo of Bessie Braddock

Bessie Braddock, MP (1899-1970)

International Women’s Day, 8 March, celebrates women’s achievements, so this week on the blog we are looking at a couple of inspiring Liverpool women who are represented in the Museum of Liverpool. There are also free special events taking place on Sunday to mark the day.

Bessie Braddock was MP for Liverpool Exchange from 1945-70. She was an outspoken campaigner for better health, housing and education for the poor.  She rejected a ministerial post because, like her husband Council Leader Jack Braddock, she preferred to remain locally-focused and be a fierce advocate for her home city. Read more…

Unicorn horns and walking sticks: a curious history of ivory

12 February 2015 by Lynn

Detail of a narwhal tusk

Close up detail of narwhal tusk

Gina Muskett, former curator of Antiquities, here tells us about unicorn horns and the walking stick, and our ivories collection.


One of my favourite parts of the antiquities collection is the group of carved European ivories and I’d like to share the stories of a couple with you.  Read more…

One family’s love of ceramics

11 February 2015 by Lynn

Pamela and Len Ratoff

Pamela and Len Ratoff

Ben Jones, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, shares his experience of working with this unique family collection of studio ceramics.

We were privileged last year to receive a large donation of wonderful material from the Ratoff family. The Ratoffs, Len and Pamela, were both active members of the Liverpool medical community, Len being a Doctor and Pamela, the Senior Social worker and head of department at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Throughout their working lives they indulged a love of ceramics, buying from a great number of North Welsh artists in easy reach of their then home in Llangwm, Gwynedd.

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My labour of love for John Gilbert, legendary bird expert

28 January 2015 by Lynn

Paradise parrot

Gilbert discovered the Paradise Parrot, sadly now extinct, on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland in 1844.

Clem Fisher, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology talks about her obsession with and extensive research into the work of John Gilbert, ornithologist, curator and explorer.

I first became interested in the collections of John Gilbert when I started work as “Trainee, Natural History” in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum Liverpool) in 1975.

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Going back to my roots: the curator of classical antiquities

23 December 2014 by Ann

Chrissy Parthini

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a curator for National Museums Liverpool?  Here Chrissy Partheni tells us about her first few weeks doing just that.

Having worked at National Museums Liverpool for 15 years in roles that involved interpretation and public engagement as well as partnerships with other museums I am honoured and excited to take up the post of the curator of classical antiquities at World Museum. The significant variety and quality of the collections, ranging from Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean art to classical pottery, the Ince Blundell sculptures, and the Anglo Saxons.  Read more…

UK Disability History Month – Artist, Peter N Spencer (1924 – 1987)

11 December 2014 by Kay

MOL.2011.93.1This is our second feature for UK Disability History Month, 2014. This year’s theme is War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement.

Peter Spencer, a well-known foot and mouth artist, painted this image of a Starways Viscount aircraft in flight in 1964. Peter had been a pilot during the Second World War and lost the use of his arms and hands following an aircraft accident 27 March 1945.

With great dedication and endurance, he learned to paint and to draw holding the brush in his mouth. His works were exhibited widely and he was awarded an MBE in 1980 for his human and artistic achievements.
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Funding award to highlight LGBT collections

4 December 2014 by Lucy

Image of man sitting in front of David Hockney painting

‘David Hockney: Early reflections’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery

We are delighted to announce that National Museums Liverpool has been awarded a significant grant to fund research into its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) collections in its art galleries and urban history items at the Museum of Liverpool.

The £91,863 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will be used to support the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project, which we will develop with partner Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, based within one of the UK’s most prominent LGBT communities.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a two-year project, that will tackle the challenges faced across the museum sector, by realising the full potential of LGBT collections to ensure that objects and stories within these collections are fully researched, sensitively interpreted and made accessible online and through display to a wide and diverse audience. Read more…

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