International Women’s Day at Sudley

3 March 2014 by Louise

Picture of Emma Holt as a child

Young Emma Holt

International Women’s Day has been recognised since the early 1900s and is now officially takes place on 8 March every year. The day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements that women have made and also highlights the areas that need attention. Read more…


10 November 2013 by Simon

Plan of the first floor of Sudley House in 1943

Plan of the first floor of Sudley House in 1943

“Remembering is often what keeps us from repeating mistakes and other peoples memories can inform and instruct us, without forcing us to undergo the often painful experiences ourselves”. This quote is from a letter sent to me after a visitor came to Sudley House during the commemorations of the Battle of the Atlantic. Heather Harrison was visiting in the hope that she could discover more about her mothers “small part in all of this”, and hoped that we could help her find some details about the time her mother spent working and living here in Sudley House. Read more…

School’s out! It’s art term!

18 October 2013 by Laura

Family crafts

Half-term art events

If you’re making plans for half term look no further than the free fun we have on offer at the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House. Read more…

The Big Draw

4 October 2013 by Simon

Design for bookcases and fireplace of Sudley House, circa 1882

Design for bookcases and fireplace in the library of Sudley House, circa 1882

When you think about it, everything man-made has at some point been “drawn”. From the design of road signs to the largest buildings, someone has put pencil to paper and come up with an idea. Read more…

Celebrate Liverpool’s heritage!

11 September 2013 by Louise

Picture of Sudley House

Take a grand tour of Sudley’s grounds

Every September sees hundreds of historic cultural venues open to the public for Heritage Open Days and here at the museums, we’re extending our celebration of the Liverpool’s heritage with activities and events taking place throughout September. Read more…

Summer scarves – perfect for in between seasons!

2 September 2013 by Lisa

Close up of an owl print scarf


So we’ve hit September and we’re still lucky enough to have that little bit of sunshine left to keep us going as the summer comes to an end. But I always find this is an awkward time for choosing what to wear – do you get out your knitwear (fluffy knits are having a moment right now) or do you tough it out in your t-shirt?

Over on the Guardian’s style pages they are suggesting summer scarves are the answer and I think we’d agree. Lucy from our media office has been road testing one of the cute new scarves that have arrived at our online shop HQ and she reckons they are an ‘in between season’ winner. Read more…

We’re on Pinterest!

22 August 2013 by Louise

Painting of lots of small handles

‘Handles’ by Lisa Milroy

Lovers of Pinterest will be pleased to know that you can now find the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House on there! For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s an online collection of ‘pin boards’ where you can collect and organise pictures from the web by ‘pinning’ them onto themed boards. To make this nice and easy, Pinterest provide a bookmarklet that you drag and drop onto your browser, you then click this to pin a picture to one of your boards. This ‘pin’ is a link back to where the picture has come from. This means you can find out more about the picture or search for others.  Read more…

Sudley Mini Beast Safari

26 July 2013 by Louise

Picture of a harlequin ladybird on a leaf

A harlequin ladybird

Here’s a post from Simon who is Visitor Host at Sudley House:

“Several local primary schools recently had the chance to go on a “Mini Beast Safari” around the grounds of Sudley House. The leader of the expedition was Paul Finnegan from the Education Team at the Bug House at the World Museum. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite Festival

24 June 2013 by Louise

Picture of a painting showuing an angel leading Dante to his dying lover Isabelle

‘Dante’s Dream’, Rossetti, 1871

With ‘The Drawing of Edward Burne-Jones‘ now open at the Lady Lever Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite art is some of the best loved around. Here at the museums, we’ve just published a new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool‘. Written by Laura MacCulloch, the book gives a neat overview of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which began in 1848 and details some of the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite works in the National Museums Liverpool collection. Read more…

New display at Sudley

16 April 2013 by Louise

New display at Sudley

Mansions and Merchants

‘Mansions and Merchants’ is a small display upstairs in Sudley which is inspired by Liverpool’s maritime history and rich heritage of fine houses and landscapes. The display is a series of foam-board structures which act as plinths to display artwork and objects. Maps then lie at the base of each piece of art reminding us of where the inspiration for the art work comes from.

The project behind the display is a partnership with the Mersey Care NHS Early Interventions Team. Artists worked alongside participants in Sudley’s Learning Suite which, I imagine, is the ideal place to set up studio for some creative work, being set in such a secluded and beautiful location! Read more…

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