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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

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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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…

A teacher’s view at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

6 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…

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: skyartsfake.com 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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Half term fun

26 May 2016 by Megan

River Festival

River Festival

Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum’s is the big 3-0 this year and we are celebrating in style! We are taking you back to the 80s with DJ Barryoke playing the hits and a 1980s themed photo booth for visitors to capture all the fun. Performances, workshops and crafts will also be running over the two days (30 & 31 May). See our website for more details Read more…

‘Liverpool patronage was a little Galapagos’ – exploring the relationship of the Pre-Raphaelites and Liverpool by Rupert Maas

19 May 2016 by Ann

The Scapegoat, 1854-5, William Holman Hunt © Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool

The Scapegoat, 1854-5, William Holman Hunt © Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool

Pre-Raphaelitism has long been associated with Liverpool.  The collections of National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries, namely Sudley House, Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery include a large number of Pre-Raphaelite works. Many, such as Dante’s Dream by Rossetti and the Scapegoat by Holman Hunt hold an iconic status across the globe. The history of how Liverpool and Port Sunlight came to house these collections is fascinating and diverse and carries an inspiring message of patronage and cultural enlightenment. While there have been many exhibitions exploring the movement’s history, Liverpool’s role had until recently not been explored. Read more…

We’re 30!

12 May 2016 by Lucy

If you’re from Liverpool, you’ll know that the museums and galleries in this city have been around for a long time…165 years to be precise! However, we can still lay claim to celebrating our 30th birthday, because it was actually 30 years ago in 1986, that we were established as a national museums service. Read more…

Artisan catering delights at gallery relaunch

19 April 2016 by Sarah

DSCF2230When the Lady Lever Art Gallery opened its new South End galleries last month, after a £2.8m major redevelopment project, guests at the private preview were wowed by the bespoke catering by our Conference and Events team, because the menu was rather special.

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has one of the most beautiful collections of fine and decorative art in the UK, including lots of world famous Pre-Raphaelite artworks and Chinese ceramics. And did you know the gallery has the best collection of Wedgwood Jasperware in the world? Read more…

When Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun met Emma Hamilton

15 April 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…



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