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A Liverpool link at the Beacon

21 September 2010 by Sam

woman standing by a painting of sailing ships in a rough sea

Curator Charlotte Stead with the Walters painting at the Beacon

Ian Murphy, curator of maritime history and deputy head of Merseyside Maritime Museum, has been to see a familiar face and painting in Whitehaven:

“I had a chance to visit the Beacon in Whitehaven recently where one of National Museum Liverpool’s paintings is currently on loan. ‘The Port and Harbour of Whitehaven’ by Sam Walters was part of the Beacon’s recent exhibition on the port’s maritime heritage, and it was great to see it displayed in its hometown.

Whitehaven and Liverpool had a similar rise to prominence in the 18th and 19th centuries and there were close links between the two ports. For instance, the Brocklebank family were central to both towns, building ships in Whitehaven that sailed from Liverpool, and there were regular passenger services between the ports. It was natural therefore for Walters – a Liverpool based artist – to paint the busy Cumbrian port. Read more…

Nelson Mandela Day

22 July 2010 by Sam

2 women at a stall with International Slavery Museum publicity

Image courtesy of Berkeley White Photography.

Rebecca Watkin has sent this account of how she helped support a very good cause at the weekend:

“Hello. As a brief introduction my name is Rebecca Watkin and I am curator of transatlantic slavery at the International Slavery Museum. To mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18th July 2010, myself and Jessica Moody, research assistant from our Development Office, travelled down to the British Museum to represent the International Slavery Museum.

As Nelson Mandela is one of the museum’s Black achievers we were passionate about commemorating the 67 years that Mandela has been involved with human rights work. Visitors were invited to pledge 67 minutes of their time to charitable causes to mark this. Read more…

A Tale of Two Museums

7 June 2010 by volunteer

Last month, Mersey v’s (our Young Volunteers Steering Group) visited Manchester Museum to meet with their Youth Board. Caroline, one of our Mersey v’s has kindly shared her thoughts about the day …

group of volunteers standing in front of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in Manchester Museum

Members of National Museums Liverpool’s Mersey v’s and Manchester Museum’s Youth Board, making friends with Stan, the Tyrannosaurus Rex!

‘After their visit to World Museum last year with the Mersey v’s, the Manchester Museum Youth Board wanted to repay our invitation to visit with one of their own. On the 8th May, the Mersey v team ventured into the wide world to visit one of our neighbouring youth museum volunteer teams in Manchester. After a claustrophobic train journey (both Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Warriors were playing beyond Manchester), we arrived at Manchester Oxford Road ready to go to The Manchester Museum. Read more…

Discovering Paula Rego

25 May 2010 by Lisa

Inside of a contemporary art museum with paintings hanging on the walls

Exploring the ‘Casa das Histórias’

Earlier this month I got to visit Lisbon for the first time. Part of my excitement about discovering this new city, was the opportunity to also discover more about the Portuguese artist, Paula Rego. I’d read about her for the first time in a newspaper article before her dedicated museum, ‘Casa das Histórias’ (‘House of Stories’), opened for the first time at the end of last year. I was intrigued by her combination of innocence (e.g. ‘Little Miss Muffet’) and darkness (e.g. ‘Dog Woman’) and her representations of the experiences of women. Read more…

John Moores painting competition – Liverpool and Shanghai talk art

6 May 2010 by Sam

Following the recent founding of the John Moore’s painting prize in Shanghai, representatives from Liverpool and Shanghai caught up yesterday to discuss art in the UK and China and the running of the John Moore competitions.

From the Walker Art Gallery, participants in Liverpool were able to talk face to face to those in China via a live video conference link.

Angela Samata, Project Manager for the John Moores 2010 shares her thoughts on the video meeting:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from a live video conference as I entered the empty gallery yesterday. I’ve used video conferencing before, but only within the UK, so the chance to link live with Shanghai was really exciting, but also a little bit nerve-wracking. Read more…

A trip to Nottingham with Hockney

12 November 2009 by Sam

photo of a contemporary gallery building

Nottingham Contemporary art gallery – home to the Walker’s Hockney painting for the next few months

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at one of the aspects of the work that our staff are involved in, courtesy of handling and transport technician Paula Frew. This week Paula travelled to Nottingham as a courier to supervise the installation of one of the Walker’s most popular paintings, which has gone out on loan. Here’s what she got up to, in her own words:

“Monday morning at 7.30am I was on the train travelling to Nottingham to act as a courier for the installation of the Walker’s David Hockney painting ‘Peter getting out of Nick’s pool’ by David Hockney, which is on loan to the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery for their Hockney exhibition. The painting had travelled ahead of me, having been collected from the Walker on the Friday by Momart, who handle and transport art works nationally and internationally. Read more…

Football memorabilia site launched

21 September 2009 by Karen

As a fervent Blue Nose (that’s an Everton supporter in case you’re football illiterate) I’m very excited that Thursday sees the launch of The Everton Collection website; the most complete treasury of football memorabilia in the world.  And if you’re a supporter of another club or social history buff you should be excited as well as the collection isn’t just about Everton Football Club. This is the history of football told through the story of Everton.

The collection is made up of over 18,000 items of football memorabilia, dating back to the founding of the club in 1878, itself a founder member of The Football League. Programmes, medals, tickets, transcribed ledgers, trophies, boots, shirts, contracts, cash books and photographs all feature and are now available to browse online. It features the earliest programmes of many clubs including Manchester United (then Newton Heath), Celtic, Aston Villa, Derby County, Bolton and Blackburn, and many of football’s rarest artefacts.

I’ve had a sneak preview and think the transcribed ledgers are my favourites. The minutiae of life in the days before TV deals and big money transfers is fascinating. Players late for training because they missed their bus is a far cry from today’s industry.

The collection will be launched with the major new exhibition at Liverpool’s Central Library, ‘Everlution: The Everton Collection’. There’s also a series of talks by Peter Lupson on topics such as joint Everton and Liverpool programmes, the birth of the football league and the man who many claim was responsible for that famous split that created Everton and Liverpool football clubs.

I should point out that my interest isn’t totally partisan. The new Museum of Liverpool will be featuring many objects from the collection in the Creative City gallery, using the pieces to tell the story of Liverpool and its people. Read more…

Monumental moves at the Lady Lever

16 September 2009 by Sam

marble sculpture in a wooden box being lifted suspended from a crane

Several statues from the Lady Lever Art Gallery have recently been out on loan to the V&A for the ‘Thomas Hope:Regency Designer’ exhibition. On their return they made a quick pitstop in the sculpture conservation studio, where they were checked and re-waxed before being ready to return to public display.

You can see the sculptures making their way back to the Lady Lever Art Gallery in our Moving stories Flickr set. As you can imagine, moving several large, heavy sculptures without damaging them is quite an operation, which required the combined efforts and specialist skills of the technical services team, sculpture conservators, conservation technologies and the handling and transport technicians, as well as some serious heavy lifting equipment. The good news is that the move was a success and the sculptures are now back on display. Read more…

Late night opening in aid of the Hillsborough Memorial Appeal

1 September 2009 by Karen

This Thursday (3 September), the Lady Lever Art Gallery is hosting a special event to raise funds for the Hillsborough Memorial Appeal. During the early hours of Sunday 7 June 2009, the Hillsborough Memorial Garden in Port Sunlight Village was seriously damaged. Over 35 metres of stonework were destroyed in an act of mindless vandalism. The Port Sunlight Village Trust needs help to restore the garden.

You can support the appeal by visiting the Lady Lever Art Gallery this Thursday. Doors will be open 6-8pm. The cafe and shop will be open, plus there’s entertainment from the Wirral based Capriccio Singers Chamber Choir. Bring your friends and family. Read more…

Last chance to win luxury weekend

19 August 2009 by Karen

You have until Monday to enter our competition and win a luxury weekend away in London.

This fabulous prize is being offered to tie in with the Royal Academy’s exhibition, J.W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite, which includes one of the Walker’s paintings, Echo and Narcissus.

The prize includes two nights accommodation at a five-star hotel, tickets to the exhibition and first class return tickets from Liverpool.

Competition details and how to enter can be found on our main site.
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