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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…

100 years of the Lady Lever!

24 March 2014 by Laura

Men on construction site

The laying of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s foundation stone 25 March 1922. Image © Leverhulme Family Archive

The 25th March marks an exciting anniversary for us – 100 years since King George V laid the gallery’s foundation stone! Read more…

An exclusive look at the Turner exhibition

24 March 2014 by Lisa

Members at the Turner exhibition event.Here’s Sarah Houghton from our membership team to tell us about a recent special event for the ‘Turner: travels, light and landscape’ exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery:

I always enjoy all the buzz around a new exhibition opening.  It’s a chance to invite our National Museums Liverpool members along, so they can enjoy an exclusive look at the new exhibition and see for themselves how their money is being used. World-class exhibitions being just one important area. I was pleased to meet some of our members last week at a special evening event to coincide with the opening of the new Turner exhibition. Read more…

Microfade testing of light sensitive collections

19 March 2014 by Sam

Man with technical equipment and a decorative table

Visiting conservation scientist, Bruce Ford, testing the light fastness of a painted table from the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Siobhan Watts, Head of Conservation Science at the Conservation Centre, has news about some of the vital behind-the-scenes work that she does to protect our collections:

“What do a watercolour by Burne-Jones, regimental colours, Native American quillwork moccasins, and silk furniture covers have in common? Answer – they are all sensitive to light, and will fade to a greater or lesser degree when they are on display. Read more…