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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

You don’t have to travel all the way to London to join the Diamond Jubilee 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…

Spring arrives at Sudley House

8 May 2012 by Lisa

One of the most unique things about Sudley House is its wonderful grounds and the garden, which visitors can really make the most of now that the weather is improving! Here is Visitor Host Simon Breedon to tell us more…


Member of staff looking in the pond

Visitor Host Simon Breedon admiring Sudley’s pond.

Fantastic news – Spring seems to have finally sprung here at Sudley House! Tiny creatures are swimming merrily around the pond in the courtyard; birds are tweeting in the trees (who’d have thought that they carry mobile phones!) and the Rhododendron bushes are starting to bloom. 

In fact most of the trees in the grounds are slowly putting out leaves, giving the whole estate a beautiful ‘countryside’ feel. There are two magnificent and mighty Tulip trees which are well worth heading over to see, especially in a couple of months when the lovely little tulip-like flowers are in full bloom. Read more…

The giants are coming!

19 April 2012 by Laura

Children looking at ship model

Children at the Maritime Museum looking at the giant ship model of Titanic

There can’t be many people who don’t know about Liverpool’s special guests this weekend. Three fantastical giants will be striding through the city telling a magical tale of love, loss and reunion. 

Sea Odyssey was inspired by the poignant letter written by May McMurray to her father who perished on the Titanic, on display in the Maritime Museum’s exhibition, Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story.

The routes of both giants pass most of our venues so we have arranged the following free events to give you even more to do this weekend: Read more…

Work Experience Report

17 April 2012 by volunteer

Below, James tells us all about his work experience with our Decorative Arts department. Over to James…

“I’m James and I’m a Year 10 student at King David High School in Liverpool. I spent a week on work experience at NML, in the Decorative Art department, and it has been brilliant. I came here not knowing what to expect and ended up having a great time. I found that my enjoyment for history, which I’m studying for my GCSE, helped greatly. I most enjoyed handling the objects and being able to connect with them. I documented information I had collected on the toys and costume and where I had re stored them. I also enjoyed going to the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House as I had never been to these places before. I realised that I was interested in silver and ceramics even though I’d never had a chance to look at them closely before. I particularly enjoyed sorting the toys and moving them about. I found all the collections really interesting and stimulating. Read more…

Easter at Sudley House

29 March 2012 by Laura

Press assisitant Jo Vickers has been taking a look at what the box of delights that is Sudley House has to offer during the Easter break:


Young girl playing

Young visitors enjoy playing with our traditional toys.

Sudley House is having a fashion frenzy this Easter! Budding fashionistas can get crafty and create their own works of art based on the ‘Costume Drama’ exhibition at two free family-friendly events.

With Ladies Day at the races only a couple of weeks away, why not get into the spirit by making your own stylish headwear to take away with you? At ‘Beautiful Bonnets’ from 1-4pm on Wednesday 4 April, you can explore the beautiful costumes in our collection before using a range of collage materials to create your own gorgeous hat! Read more…

Stargazing and planet spotting at Sudley House

19 March 2012 by Laura

John Moran, demonstrator from World Museum’s planetarium, on an exciting event taking place this Friday 23 March at Sudley House:


Sudley House

Sudley House’s uninterrupted view of horizon offers good platform for stargazing.

One night, several different types of telescope, binoculars and the whole night sky to explore. Sound good? Then come and join us for an evening of celestial fun.

Staff at the planetarium will be running this event in conjunction with Dark Sky Discovery who have awarded us a grant of £1500, which is nice of them, with the aim of increasing people’s awareness of the night sky. Read more…

Toy stories at Sudley House

27 February 2012 by Lisa

Here’s one of our Education Demonstrators, Angelica Vanasse, to tell us about some of the fun family events that have been happening at Sudley House…


Children's mural of Noah's Ark

A Noah’s Ark wall mural made during the event.

Sudley House came alive with children and families and toys galore on last month with our ‘Toy Stories’ event.  Members of the education, communities and visitors teams from the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House were on hand to deliver a fantastic range of toy-tastic activities inspired by the Victorian toys in the Sudley House collection.   Read more…

Half term ideas

9 February 2012 by Laura

Girl in sunglasses with dinosaur

Retro fashion and dinosaurs go together on William Brown Street!

It is half term next week which can only mean one thing: 7 action-packed days of things to see and do at National Museums Liverpool!

Starting on William Brown Street, channel your inner supermodel in the Big Booth at the Walker Art Gallery on 15, 16 & 17 February 2012.  Grab your flares and strike a pose because the photo booth, big enough for the whole family, will be kitted out in a retro style with costumes and props, to celebrate ‘Feathercuts and Flares‘ the Walker’s display of 70s fashion.

Down the hill at World Museum visitors can have a close encounter with beasts of a prehistoric kind in the exhibition ‘Age of the Dinosaur’ featuring six life-size dinosaurs set in a Jurassic forest of 65 million years ago. Open daily, the admission charges are £6 adults, £3 children and concessions, under 5s free or £14 families. Avoid the queues and book online (no booking fees). Read more…

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