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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…

Join Louise for a workshop…

12 April 2013 by Louise

Visitors doing crafts

Louise helping young visitors with their crafts

One of our hard-working volunteers tells us about her role:

“Hi, my name is Louise McClelland, and I’ve been volunteering at Sudley House for 2 years. I‘m here every Friday, meeting and greeting people that visit.

Another part of my role is to help out with the family workshops either at the weekends or during the week. This involves helping to prepare the materials needed, informing families and children what the workshop entails and providing any help and support that they need. Read more…

Christmas time at Sudley House

13 December 2012 by Laura

Girl making Christmas decorations

Make your own deccies at Sudley House this weekend!

The frenzied shopping has reached fever pitch and don’t get me started on cheesy Christmas tunes on repeat. Sometimes the most ‘wonderful time of the year’ feels far from it!

Which is why festive celebrations at Sudley House on Saturday 15 December are going to be such a welcome treat!

Join in with free festive crafts, musical performances and you might even a meet the very talented Santa, who is taking a break from his busy schedule to show off his artistic skills. Read more…

The ins and outs of Sudley House

5 September 2012 by Laura C

A year after joining National Museums Liverpool as a Visitor Assistant at the brand new Museum of Liverpool I find myself transported back in time, I have swapped the very new for the very very old.

I now work at the beautiful hidden gem that is Sudley House. With its period features and stunning artwork, working in a Victorian home is a dream come true for me. I’ll have Dickens over a DS any day of the week!

This weekend coming up, as part of the Heritage open month, here at Sudley we have A Grand Tour of the house and its estate.  Read more…

Liverpool Merchant’s Heritage Trail

30 August 2012 by Ann

Liverpool is a city steeped in  maritime history. But while you might expect to find tales of smuggler’s coves and bravery at sea in Merseyside Maritime Museum,  the city  itself can surprise you with  many stories of its seafaring and merchant links.

photograph of the rear exterior of sudley house showing the conservatory and rose garden

Sudley  House, former home of George Holt

I was  recently introduced to Helen Fowler from The Monro pub on Duke Street  and after a quick coffee and  a chat I discovered not only were The Monro hosting an installation for Liverpool Biennial , but it is also a building bursting with historic tales to tell . I found out about the steam ship which it is named after and its former owner Colonel John Bolton . He was the most wealthy Liverpool merchant of his generation  and  no doubt inspired George Holt who lived just across town at Sudley House in Mossley Hill.  Read more…

Picnic time for teddy bears at Sudley House

16 August 2012 by Laura

Child with teddy and picnic

A picnic just isn’t a picnic without your favourite ted!

Media office volunteer, Louise Beard tells us a bit more about the family events at Sudley House this weekend:


If you go down to Sudley House this weekend, you’ll probably find it filled with families, teddy bears and picnic boxes. The Great British picnic is a favourite and is only topped when accompanied by a clan of teddy bears!

Sudley House’s leafy green grounds are a lovely spot for a picnic and the recent bout of good weather makes lunching on some grass particularly appealing.

It’s therefore time to pack up the cocktail sausages, select a teddy-bear, and don a sun hat, plus a pac-a-mac, and join the fun at Sudley from 11-4pm! Read more…

Join the Jubilee celebrations!

31 May 2012 by Laura

We’ll we’ve told you what things you can see to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, now let us tell you what you might do!

You don’t have to travel all the way to London to join the party. At the Walker Art Gallery we have a crown-making workshops 2 June to Tuesday 5 June, between 10 am and 4 pm

Girl on throne

One young visitor getting swept up in the royal celebrations!

The Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum of Liverpool also enjoy treating their visitors like royalty and will also be hosting crown-making workshops on 4 and 5 June. Read more…

Dickens Drama at Sudley House

9 May 2012 by Laura

From ‘The Pickwick Papers’ to ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ which is your favourite Charles Dickens story? Ciarán and Holly, Management students from LIPA, have devised a day of performance and interactions that bring some of the wonderful Dickens stories to life.

Here they tell us more:


Excitement is mounting as we put the final pieces in place for our event based on Dickens’ world at Sudley House.

On Sunday 13th May from 11am until 4pm, characters from Dickens’ classics will roam the house with the accompaniment of live music and interactive activities for all to enjoy. Read more…