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Our advent calendar is going to the dogs!

30 November 2017 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

With Christmas approaching it’s time for one of my favourite annual traditions – the unveiling of National Museums Liverpool’s free online advent calendar! Each year we ease you into the festive season with daily treats from our collections and displays, including a few surprises, incredible tales and fascinating facts along the way.

Last year’s advent calendar featured cats from our museums and galleries, so to restore balance to the universe, the theme for 2017 is dogs. Read more…

Lady Lever Art Gallery set for Takeover Day

22 November 2017 by Jo Keenan

On Saturday 25th November, the Lady Lever Art Gallery will be taken over by Sixth Form students from Weatherhead High School who will lead a programme of free family friendly activities.

The gallery’s education team have been working with Year 12 students from the school as part of their leadership programme to develop events for the day.  This years Takeover will be the third that the Gallery has been involved in and the first where students will deliver Family Art Club sessions for 7-12-year-olds.

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles in the cultural sector and is coordinated nationally by Kids in Museums.

Caroline Carney, Media Arts Coordinator at Weatherhead High School said: ‘Weatherhead is once again delighted to be part of Teen Takeover Day and working closely with National Museums Liverpool. The event is an important part of our Sixth Form enrichment programme, developing students’ skills in communication, teamwork and leadership.’

Here’s what some of the Year 12 students said they hope to gain from the experience.

‘Learning to work as part of a team and enhancing teamwork skills’.

‘Having the confidence to perform to a range of audiences’.

‘Improving confidence and leadership skills’.

‘I have enjoyed creating the activities and learning about local history and the collection’.

‘I hope to use the event towards gaining my Silver Arts Award’.

Students have organised a murder mystery quest and tour of the gallery, a fairy-tale flash mob, poetry readings and a 19th century selfie booth! After exploring the gallery, visitors can also enjoy entertainment by talented A Level musicians and dancers from Weatherhead High School.

With free entry and prizes for some activities, why not pop along for a fun filled afternoon for all the family 12:45 –  3:20pm?

Listen impossible – making the Lady Lever even more interesting

19 August 2017 by Dave Moffat

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery © Pete Carr

It’s often difficult to improve on something which is already amazing.  Even before the recent redevelopment of the south end galleries, the Lady Lever was a truly beautiful and inspiring place to visit.  A magnificent collection of objects, some incredible paintings, furniture and ceramics, housed in a purpose built gallery, situated in an idyllic village.

We’ve had plenty of positive feedback from our visitors about the redevelopment and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished.

How could you make all that, better?

Well, another  way we help our visitors engage with our collections is through our audio guides.  Read more…

Kimono Tales by Keiko Gordon

18 August 2017 by Cath Hurley

Keiko, age 3 in her first kimono

Keiko Gordon will be delivering kimono demonstrations at the Lady Lever Art Gallery at 2pm on 2nd and 16th September as part of our Edo Pop: Japanese print exhibition programme. Pre-booking is essential and tickets are now available for both sessions for free.

2nd September – fully booked

16th September – fully booked

You can add your name to the waiting list, in case of any cancellations by clicking the links.

Keiko’s beautiful handmade accessories, which are made from kimonos are on sale in the Gallery shop.

Read more…

Illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman talks Manga

25 July 2017 by Cath Hurley

Manga Girls by Sally-Anne Hickman

Sally-Anne Hickman is an illustrator who began creating comics in 2001.

She will be delivering two Manga workshops for young people aged 13 years + and adults at the Gallery on 6 August and 9 September as part of the Edo Pop: Japanese Prints exhibition.

Read more…

The sun always shines at National Museums Liverpool!

24 July 2017 by Megan

Six long weeks to fill and entertain the kids is looming. But National Museums Liverpool has a fun-filled summer of events and activities planned for the whole family so there is no excuse to feel bored!

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Shiranui Koemon: The grand champion Sumo wrestler

18 July 2017 by Frank Milner

Print of Shiranui Koemon ,the 11th Yokosuna

I’m very fond of certain Sumo wrestling prints -I especially like this one which shows Shiranui Koemon ,the 11th Yokosuna or Grand Champion (in the middle). He’s crossing the Sumida River in the city of Edo (now Tokyo) on his way to the Eko-in Temple where he going to fight. Read more…

Experiencing Japan’s Tanabata Festival

5 July 2017 by Andrew Bullock

Colourful paper strips with wishes on them - part of the Tanabatta festival

Lady Lever volunteer Corrina Ellis tells us about her experiences of the Japanese Tanabata Festival.
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The Edo Fireman: A tattooed urban street hero

4 July 2017 by Frank Milner

Fireman Kunichika Japanese firefighters figure big in 19th century woodblock prints produced in the city of Edo (later Tokyo) between 1860 and 1890. Read more…

Six things to shop during Edo Pop

21 June 2017 by Eleanor Webster

edo pop japanese crackleglaze bowl

Japanese crackleglaze bowl, £11

Last month the eagerly anticipated Edo Pop exhibition launched at Lady Lever Art Gallery, bringing to life the energy and spirit of 19th century Edo (now Tokyo) through a collection of 50 woodblock prints.  Loaned from local collector Frank Milner, the vibrant and colourful prints were ‘mass produced’ by hand by leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, and were very sought after by fans of Edo’s popular culture. Read more…



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