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£1.2 million for the Lady Lever Art Gallery!

23 October 2014 by Laura

Group of people in gallery

Some of the Lady Lever team celebrating HLF news!

Hopefully you have by now heard that our plans to transform the South End of the Lady Lever Art Gallery with a major refurbishment and new contemporary displays has been given £1.2m backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund! Read more…

Half-Term Howlers

16 October 2014 by Megan

Family in Big art

Family in Big Art

Wondering what to do with the kids this October half term? Why not come and enjoy a free action packed week at National Museums Liverpool!

With plenty of activities and exhibitions taking place, the whole family will be happy this half term. Read more…

Lever’s Wedgwood, what makes it the best in the world?

20 August 2014 by Ann

Robin Emmerson photo

Robin Emmerson

In this guest blog internationally-renowned Wedgwood expert Robin Emmerson tells us why he believes our Wedgwood collection is the best in the world…  Read more…

Happy Birthday Josiah!

12 July 2014 by Laura

Ceramic plaque

Wedgwood plaque

284 years ago today the English potter Josiah Wedgwood was born. Founder of the Wedgwood company, he become one of the most influential ceramic manufacturers in the world and earned the title ‘The Father of English Potters’. Read more…

Re-designing the Lady Lever’s south end

16 June 2014 by Lisa

Mood board for the Chinese collection room

Mood board for the Chinese collection room

Our Design team are working hard behind the scenes to bring together ideas from curators and feedback from you (our visitors!) to create fantastic designs for the new ‘south end’ galleries at the Lady Lever.

The galleries will be brought back to their original architectural design and more than 1,500 items of fine and decorative art will be redisplayed.  Read more…

Last chance to see hit Turner exhibition at Lady Lever Art Gallery

27 May 2014 by Laura

Exhibition

Turner exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

We love it when visitors vote with their feet and the exhibition ‘Turner: travels, light and landscape‘ is such a case. With just under a week before it closes we have had almost 10,000 visitors more than predicted! Read more…

Photographing JMW Turner

9 May 2014 by Lisa

Landscape by JMW Turner

‘The Thames from Richmond Terrace’ by JMW Turner

As well as putting on exhibitions of our collections, we also have staff working hard behind the scenes to photograph our works so they can be shared online. Here’s one of our specialist photographers, Steve Judson, who has been working on our ‘works on paper’ collection.

“Whilst carrying out research for my degree some years ago, I read the following quotation by Susan Sontag the American essayist, literary critic and cultural theorist:

“the painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”

Read more…

Forever blowing bubbles at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

8 May 2014 by Laura

Painting of a young boy

Bubbles by Millais

While nervous Liverpool fans pray that West Ham can deliver them a helpful victory over Manchester City this weekend, they may be surprised to know that the Lady Lever Art Gallery holds a very special piece of footballing history connected to the Hammers. Read more…

“It’s about updating the gallery in a thoughtful way…”

9 April 2014 by Vivien

Visitors take a look at plans for the gallery.

Visitors take a look at plans for the gallery.

I always enjoy the chance to work with our visitors to find out what they really think about what we’re doing in our museums and galleries. Recently I’ve been working on some consultation projects at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, where I’ve had the chance to show visitors some of the plans for the redevelopment of the south end galleries and talk about our the aims for the project.  Read more…

Turner and the landscape genre

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Boats in a harbour

‘Scene on the French Coast’ by JMW Turner

Alex Patterson our Assistant Curator of Fine Art has been busy working on our new Turner exhibition over the past few months. Now that the show is open, she has been reflecting on what she’s discovered about Turner along the way…  Read more…

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