8 March 2018 by Alan Bowden
Lord Leverhulme was a collector in the broadest sense of the word, known for his collections of Victorian paintings, sculpture, eighteenth century furniture, tapestries, Wedgwood jasperware and Chinese ceramics. In his collection at the Lady Lever Art Gallery there are also fascinating historic documents which he collected.
In light of International Women’s Day on 8 March we have been enjoying a beautifully written letter which has brought into focus the life of a remarkable woman of science who lived in the eighteenth century. The woman is Caroline Lucretia Herschel, sister to the better known William Herschel (1738-1822), Royal Astronomer to George 3rd. William shot to fame when he discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 from his home in Bath. He used a telescope he had designed and constructed himself. Read more…
6 March 2018 by Laura
National Museums Liverpool is marking International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March) with a programme of free exhibitions and events on the day and the following weekend (Saturday 10 and 11 March).
Through exhibitions, talks, workshops and poetry there are a variety of ways for everyone to get involved and celebrate this important date.
15 February 2018 by Scott Smith
February marks the start of the new lunar year, and it’s during this time that millions of people across the world will gather to celebrate Chinese New Year. Starting on 16 February, we’ll have seven days of joyous festivities filled with fireworks, lanterns and revelry as the city is lit up in red.
This year is the beginning of the Year of the Dog, defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Dogs are the eleventh sign in the zodiac and are seen as independent, sincere and decisive. Honest and loyal, dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partners. Those born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 all fall under the year of the dog.
To celebrate man’s most faithful of friends, we’ve pulled together a list of dogs from across National Museums Liverpool’s collections and exhibitions.
‘Table d’Hote at a Dogs’ Home’ by John Charles Dollman
Love between LGBT+ people has existed throughout the whole of history, and our own collections testify to that fact. Here we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight some historical LGBT+ relationships that we think you should know about.
The artworks and objects discussed here are part of National Museums Liverpool’s collections and all relate in some way to intimate relationships between members of the same sex, both real and fictional, which go beyond platonic friendship in some way. All of these partnerships offer, in their own way, an alternative to the type of heterosexual relationship that continues to be socially dominant. Read more…
13 February 2018 by Siobhan
April 2019 will see the return of the biennial schools exhibition Fresh Perspectives: Art from Wirral schools at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Fresh Perspectives is a fantastic opportunity for schools to nurture and promote the talents of their students, for young people to engage with arts and culture outside of the classroom environment and to support those with an interest in further education in the arts, offering them an insight into creative careers. This will be the fourth occasion that the exhibition has taken place but for the first time schools will have the opportunity to apply to have their students GCSE and A Level work included.
As one of the most recognisable works from the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s collection and among William Holman Hunt’s most famous paintings The Scapegoat often attracts a lot of attention. In art gallery circles this results in frequent requests to loan the painting for exhibitions across the world. It is our role at National Museums Liverpool to ensure above all that artworks are accessible to as many people as possible, and that they are preserved for generations to come to enjoy as we do today.
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…
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?
19 August 2017 by Dave Moffat
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…