Free family fun at National Museums Liverpool this half-term

18 October 2016 by Megan

skeleton-blogAre you in for a trick or treat this Halloween at National Museums Liverpool? There is an exciting line up of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy across the museums and galleries this half-term. Join in with spooky lanterns, ghost stories, skeletons and Day of the Dead celebrations. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite women – fashion inspirations

10 October 2016 by Scott Smith

A visitor who looks like a Pre-Raphaelite looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings

A visitor finds her inspiration in a Pre-Raphaelite painting from the Lady Lever collection!

As Liverpool fashion week begins, why not come and see some of the original fashion pioneers – the women of the Pre-Raphaelites in Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever and Sudley House. Read more…

Remembering the past with tea and biscuits!

29 September 2016 by Ann

Jill and a visitor enjoying a recent Remembering the past session.

Jill and a visitor enjoying a recent Remembering the past session.

Remembering the past is a series of free events for older people where you can enjoy a nostalgic look back at the past with our Visitor Hosts.  Each session has a different theme and everyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

You can come on your own and make new friends or bring a friend with you.  There’s no need to book and refreshments are free so drop in and join us. If you want to speak to us ahead of your visit, call our education team on 0151 478 4143. Read more…

Carry the Lady Lever Art Gallery in your pocket with our new app

13 September 2016 by Ann

Lady Lever Art Gallery app

Lady Lever Art Gallery app

As part of the consultation period prior to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s  South End galleries we asked visitors about how they would like to see Lord Lever’s collections interpreted.  We were keen to explore the use of technology in our displays but were mindful that many people were wary of too much intervention wanting to keep the galleries as they were. However, 99% of those surveyed said that they owned a smartphone and 71% were interested in a venue app and would consider downloading one.

We set to work planning how we could enhance a visit to the Gallery using digital content but not at the expense of the physical experience and so it was decided to develop a simple app which gave visitors, particularly families, an alternative method of exploring the collections in the new galleries and in the comfort of their own homes.


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Getting dressed in the 18th century

3 August 2016 by Lynn

Mrs Paine and her Daughters (1975), Sir Joshua Reynolds (c) National Museums Liverpool

Mrs Paine and her Daughters (1975), Sir Joshua Reynolds (c) National Museums Liverpool

Costume curator Pauline Rushton explores what it was like for women to get dressed in the 18th century.

“Getting ourselves dressed in the morning is one of the everyday things we all take for granted, along with brushing our hair and our teeth. But what would it feel like to have someone else dress you every day? In the 18th century, provided you had enough money and could afford to pay servants, that would be the norm, especially if you were a woman. In any case, clothes could be so complicated that you wouldn’t be able to get into them easily without someone else’s assistance. Ideas about privacy and intimacy were different then too – it was normal to be touched by a servant if they were helping you wash or dress.

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When Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun met Emma Hamilton

9 July 2016 by Xanthe

painting of a woman holding a tambourine

‘Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante’ by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

We know quite a lot about Vigée Le Brun’s portrait of Emma Hamilton, and what she thought of Emma, because in the mid 1820s, towards the end of a long painting career of more than 50 years, she decided to write up her diaries and publish them as memoirs in 1836-37.

Vigée first met Emma when the artist arrived in Naples in 1790, having fled Paris with her 9 year old daughter, at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Vigée was given refuge by the Queen of Naples, the sister of the French Queen Marie-Antoinette, whose favourite portrait painter was Vigée. When she fled Paris she left her art-dealer husband, Jean-Baptiste Le Brun, behind to protect the family house and studio contents. He was later forced by the French Revolutionary government to divorce her to retain their property. She spent the next 12 years travelling around the courts of continental Europe visiting cities in Italy, Austria and Russia, making a successful living by painting portraits of royalty, aristocrats and their courtiers.  Read more…

A teacher’s view at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

8 July 2016 by Ann

Warm up drawing exercises on gallery in a Draw to Explore sessionAre you an Early Years practitioner or Primary or Secondary teacher? Why not start the next academic year by joining the Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Wednesday 7 September, 4 – 6pm for our Teachers’ view event Read more…

Flamenco guitar at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

7 July 2016 by Laura

Man playing guitar

Hear Flamenco guitar on gallery

We can’t promise you Spanish sunshine but we can provide the beautiful, evocative sound of Spanish guitar in a programme of free events for all the family, inspired by our latest exhibition, Picasso Linocuts from the British Museum. Read more…

Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge with Sky Arts

1 July 2016 by Felicity

One of the paintings in the Walker's display of animal art is a copy, but which one?!

One of the paintings in the Walker’s display of animal and sporting art is a copy, but which one?!

Do you have an eye for detail? Could you spot something amiss in a masterpiece? We’re working with Sky Arts on an exciting new television series. Throughout July, people of all ages and experience are invited to use their detective skills to spot seven copies hiding in plain sight on the walls of six galleries across the UK, including the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery. All seven displays will also be available for investigation online as part of a national competition: Read more…

Picasso linocuts preview evening

17 June 2016 by Ann

Artwork from the Picasso poster campaign

Artwork from the Picasso poster campaign

Join us at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Wednesday 22 June from 5pm for an exclusive opportunity to view Picasso linocuts, ground-breaking prints on loan to the Gallery from the British Museum, before the exhibition opens to the public on Friday 24 June 2016.

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