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Tell us what you love about Wirral!

28 September 2011 by Lisa

Christopher Howse from The Telegraph recently enjoyed a visit to Wirral, guided by an updated edition of Nikolaus Pevsner’s architectural guide to Cheshire. He gave the picturesque Port Sunlight village and the Lady Lever Art Gallery a glowing review. You can read the full article here.  

Here’s our own Marketing Officer Ann Flenley to tell us why she loves Wirral and why you should too!


Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery

I love Wirral. It’s a relatively undiscovered gem that lies between Liverpool, Chester and North Wales with sandy beaches, endless countryside and golf courses. It really is great place for day trips and family fun in the north west. 

In addition to our own Lady Lever Art Gallery there is plenty to discover, such as Port Sunlight Museum in the same village as the gallery. I also enjoy the odd visit to Church Farm, which is an organic family run farm offering tantalising treats and endless activities to entertain the children.   Read more…

Men in hats!

15 August 2011 by Lisa

Which country do you think is the most stylish? France? Italy? Japan? We reckon that Spain should be giving the rest of the world some pointers after seeing this fashionable crew of students who recently came to visit our Finishing Touch exhibition!

A group of male students in ladies hats

They would fit right in at the races, wouldn’t they?

The group visits Liverpool and the surrounding area every year and they decided to really get in the spirit of the exhibition by trying on the hats that are in the exhibition’s resource area. We think they look fab!

They were staying in the region for a month as part of an English language program and cultural experience and told our Curator of Decorative Arts, Alyson Pollard, that they thoroughly enjoyed their visit and are looking forward to coming back again soon. Read more…

Inspired by…

27 June 2011 by Alison

Are you an adult on a part-time art course or a member of a community art group? We are inviting you to put your creative talents to the test and create a piece of artwork inspired by the collections at Sudley House, World Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Perhaps you could take inspiration from the internationally renowned Pre-Raphaelite collection at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, or the only art collection of a Victorian merchant in its original domestic setting at Sudley House, or maybe from objects in World Museum’s World Cultures gallery.

A panel of curators, educators and artists will judge. Winning artists and groups will see their work hung in an exhibition at World Museum and receive prizes. The closing date is 1 August 2011, and winners will be announced by the end of September.

For further information, to book a session, or to download your entry form, please go to: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/inspiredby or contact Kenn Taylor on 0151 478 4977. Read more…

A helping hand in the dec arts department

3 June 2011 by Lisa

Here’s Caitlin Allan, one of our most recent volunteers, talking about her work experience in the Decorative Arts Department…


Caitlin in the Decorative Arts stores

My name is Caitlin and I have had my work experience at National Museums Liverpool for two weeks. In the first week I visited the Lady Lever Art Gallery for the first time. I was shown around the gallery and learned a lot about the story of the gallery and its collections. I was then asked to choose three pieces from the gallery that really caught my eye and to do some research on them and write up my findings. Read more…

These boots were made for walking…

6 May 2011 by Lisa

When shopping for footwear, there is nothing more satisfying than getting a new pair of boots. This vintage brown leather pair that I’m wearing today are a particular favourite of mine - you can see them here – a bit Victorian I like to think!

So you can imagine my excitement at being introduced to this fab pair of boots, which will be on display later this month at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. They will be shown as part of ‘The Finishing Touch’, an exhibition of women’s accessories from our collections, dating from 1830-1940. Read more…

Mother’s Day at the museums

25 March 2011 by Alison

Our guest blogger Rosie Marr has some suggestions for ways to treat your mum this Mother’s Day.


Sunday 3rd of April 2011 is Mother’s Day. National Museums Liverpool provide a brilliant atmosphere for a relaxing and memorable day out. In fact, we’ve got Mother’s Day all wrapped up- from delicious food, to gorgeous and thoughtful gifts and even cards, so treat your mum to a day she will treasure!

Whatever your mum is interested in; there is something fun to do together in Liverpool. Why not visit the breath-taking Walker Art Gallery and see amazing paintings from Medieval to modern! Kids can even create their own masterpieces for their mums in the Big Art.  

The Lady Lever Art Gallery contains a spectacular collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries and sculpture. Or you could visit Sudley House, an elegant location where you can get psyched up for the Royal Wedding by visiting an exhibition of wedding dresses, or unwind in the beautiful springtime grounds around Sudley House. On the 2nd of April you can even make a bouquet of flowers for your mum. Best of all, everything is free!

Our cafés and dining rooms serve some of the best food in Liverpool- offering a brilliant variety of food and drink for amazing prices.

Whether you decide on posh afternoon tea or a traditional Sunday roast at the Maritime Dining Rooms, taking in the stunning city views with a glass of wine at the World Museum, or a more indulgent meal at the Lady Lever which has a delightful and diverse menu- all our museums and galleries serve a variety of tasty treats!

Our gift shops are a fantastic place to buy a unique Mother’s Day present! Surprise her with a book on her favourite exhibition (you can also buy these on our online shop ) or a poster of an amazing piece of artwork. We also have gorgeous jewellery, ornaments and souvenirs. Read more…

We are the champions! (2)

12 November 2010 by Lisa

Wirral Tourism Awards group photo

Staff celebrating their plaudits!

We’re really excited as the Lady Lever Art Gallery is on the glory trail with two major award wins! Last week was hugely successful for the gallery as the venue scooped two awards at the Wirral Tourism Awards.

Lady Lever Art Gallery was crowned ‘Attraction of the Year’ at the prestigious event. The hardwork of the staff at the Lady Lever was also rewarded when Cliff Bowden, a Visitor Host at the gallery, won the ‘Outstanding Customer Care award’. What a great effort! Read more…

Our latest competition

29 October 2010 by Angela

Watercolour of a woman holding a box

‘Pandora’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

We’ve got a beautiful new book to give away in our latest competition – I really wouldn’t mind a copy myself.

British Watercolours and Drawings – Lord Leverhulme’s Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery is more than 250 pages of wonderful images from the collection at Lady Lever. It includes work by Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones, Constable, Turner, Landseer, Millais, Rossetti and Reynolds, and is truly a celebration of British drawings and watercolours at their finest.

If you’d like to get your hands on your very own copy – and it would make a fab Christmas present if you decided not to keep it – just answer this question. Read more…

The Genius of Howard Jacobson

13 October 2010 by Alison

Painting of a nude woman on a rock

‘Perseus and Andromeda’ by Frederic Leighton, 1891 – An example of the type of work Howard Jacobson will talk about in the programme

This morning I saw a familiar face on the TV as I ate my soggy cereal.

Last night Howard Jacobson had won the Man Booker Prize for his novel ‘The Finkler Question’ and there he was on BBC Breakfast giving his acceptance speech.

Only a few months ago I was supervising filming at the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery where he was filming a documentary for Channel 4.

Coincidentally this programme will be on this Sunday at 7pm. Mr Jacobson was speaking about the way British artists depict sex and desire, and argues that the most compelling expression is to be found, perhaps unexpectedly, in the art of the Victorians. Read more…

Good Friday!

24 September 2010 by Lisa

How Do logo

We’ve just had some great news to start the weekend – we’ve been nominated for a number of awards so we thought we’d shout about it!

For the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) PRide Awards (North West), we are shortlisted in the  Public Sector  category for our PR work on the Museum of Liverpool.

We have also been shortlisted in the  Best  In House  Communications team category for the How-Do Public Services Awards.   

And last but not least the Lady Lever Art Gallery has been shortlisted for Attraction of the Year at this year’s Wirral Tourism Awards. Read more…

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