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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…

April Ashley Heritage Project

31 July 2012 by Lucy

Photograph of April Ashley

April Ashley was at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday to launch a new project by Homotopia Liverpool

On Friday, we hosted a very special event, marking the beginning of an exciting project that will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

The event led by Homotopia Liverpool, took place to announce the ground-breaking project that will tell the story of the life of Miss April Ashley, utilising her unique collection of photographs, letters and personal documents supplemented with archive materials from Liverpool records Office, National Museums Liverpool and other sources.

April attended the event herself, and took part in a Q&A session with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips, which inspired everyone who came along to hear about the project and April’s life. Read more…

Finn-tastic opener for Museum of Liverpool

8 July 2011 by Sam

Finn holding up a golden ticket in front of the museum

Dr David Fleming gave Finn O’Hare his golden ticket to the opening

With the opening of the Museum of Liverpool approaching there has been a lot of speculation about who will open it. Schoolboy Finn O’Hare from Mossley Hill took matters into his own hands by writing to the museum bosses.

Finn sent an audacious letter letter last year saying how excited he was to see the new museum taking shape. The Carleton House pupil then put himself forward for the job of opening the museum himself. He wrote:

“Dear Mr and Mrs in charge of the museum. My name is Finn O’Hare and I am nearly six. I am very excited about when the new museum will open. Please can I come to the opening ceremony? It will be great. I am good at opening things – Please can I open the museum?”

Director of National Museums Liverpool, Dr David Fleming, was so impressed by the youngster’s enthusiasm he thought it would be a brilliant idea for him to cut the ribbon to officially open the Museum of Liverpool on 19 July. Read more…

Don’t miss this golden opportunity

30 June 2011 by Sam

stunning modern building

Looking up at the Museum of Liverpool’s skylight. Copyright Pete Carr

Everyone here is getting excited about the Museum of Liverpool‘s opening, which is now less than three weeks away. It seems that it’s not just us – photographer Pete Carr recently devoted a week long series of features on his photoblog to documenting the creation of the museum, including photographs of everything from aerial shots to internal views.

If you have taken any photos of the museum recently then we’d love to see them. If you add them to the We love the Museum of Liverpool group on Flickr before 4 July then you could win golden tickets to a special breakfast celebration and preview on the opening day, 19 July 2011, from 8.30-10am.

There are lots of other ways to win golden tickets if you follow the Museum of Liverpool on twitter, facebook or subscribe to the e-newsletter. Full details of our golden ticket offers are on our website. You’ve only got until Sunday to take part though so don’t miss out. You could be one of the very first visitors to set foot inside the building that everyone is talking about.
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Be a ‘breakfast’ blogger

23 June 2011 by Dawn

Are you a blogger who would love to be one of the first to see inside the Museum of Liverpool? Then we have a great opportunity for you.

We are having a celebratory breakfast preview of the Museum of Liverpool at 8.30-10am on 19 July and we want bloggers to get involved. To apply, simply send us a link to your blog using this contact form and tell us why you think your readers would love to hear about the new Museum of Liverpool. We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away and will pick out the most relevant bloggers. Read more…

Norman Killon’s top ten tracks for Light Night!

9 May 2011 by Lisa

DJ with decks and records

Norman and his wheels of steel!

As any discerning Liverpool music fan will know, Norman Killon used to be the resident DJ at the legendary Liverpool club, Eric’s. We’ve asked him to share his top ten records with us, which will all no doubt be getting a spin at the Walker Art Gallery this Friday as part of Liverpool Light Night. Norman will provide the soundtrack to the evening, which will also be the opening of our new photography exhibition ‘Like you’ve never been away’. You can see full details of what’s on offer at the Walker here… Read more…

And the winner is… (2)

17 September 2010 by Lisa

Man standing next to a blue portrait painting

The winner of the £25,000 prize!

The announcement of the winner of John Moores 2010 was made last night by acclaimed painter and competition judge, Alison Watt to a rapturous response by the private view audience and the press. Described by fellow judge, Sir Norman Rosenthal, as the ‘Oscar of the British painting world’ the John Moores Painting Prize was awarded to Keith Coventry for his painting ‘Spectrum Jesus’. This haunting portrait in shades of dark blue invites you to get up close so you can peer into its dark depths! Read more…

Hitched preview event

23 July 2010 by Sam

two women chatting at an exhibition

Fundraising and membership officer Sarah Houghton reports on a member’s event last night – which you could say went off without a hitch!


“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue… and even something red was the theme of last night’s special event for members – a preview of the new exhibition at Sudley House – Hitched, wedding clothes and customs.

Opening to the public today, the exhibition showcases a small selection of the 120 wedding dresses in National Museums Liverpool’s collections, alongside a small number of outfits worn by grooms and pageboys.

Our members were treated to a fascinating insight into the exhibition by curator Pauline Rushton. We were taken on a historical journey of wedding attire, all very different in style; including a brown dress made of corded silk, dresses inspired by famous designers Paul Poiret and Christian Dior and a typical blue wartime wedding dress. The most modern piece on display is a dress on loan from the travelling community worn by Winifred Delaney for her wedding in March 2010. Read more…

Whet your appetite for Liverpool Light Night

12 May 2010 by davidl

Accordionist Helen Maher brought some distinctive French style to the Walker Art Gallery today as filming took place for an item on tonight’s edition of BBC North-West Tonight (or ‘Nord-ouest ce soir’ if you like) for the upcoming exhibition High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec prints, which opens this Friday.

A woman playing an accordion in a gallery with classical statues and sculptures

Accordionist Helen Maher in the Sculpture Gallery of the Walker Art Gallery © National Museums Liverpool

Helen will be just one of the many musicians taking part in a special Musicians’ Gallery as part of Art à la Carte, the Walker Art Gallery’s event as part of Liverpool Light Night 2010.

The French-themed event will also include the band Deadbelgian with tributes to Jacques Brel, jazz from Snake Oil Jass, and the Liverpool Guitar Society with music by the quintessential French composers Debussy, Satie and Ravel.

Visitors to Light Night at the Walker will be amongst the first to see the new Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition, along with being able to browse all of the Walker’s galleries, go on gallery tours, listen to French and English poetry readings and have French food in the Walker café. Download the full programme (pdf).

The gallery will be open until 10.30pm and admission is free. Vous y voir! Read more…

Dancing the night away in Ancient Egypt

5 December 2008 by Lisa

As you will have seen from the many posts on this blog, the new Ancient Egypt gallery at the World Museum opened to the public today. Last night some visitors were invited along to the preview opening and were greeted by the Ya Raqs Dance Troupe, who performed traditional Egyptian dances in truly glamorous costumes. The red velvet number was a particular favourite of mine. 

Lady dressed in red, dancing

Lady in red:  ‘Meroe’, the lead dancer from the Ya Raqs Dance Troupe.

I spoke to ‘Aziza’ who said she had been dancing for about three years. The dancers were from Chester and the Wirral - I had no idea that these were such exotic places! Read more…

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