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The legacy of LGBT visibility at National Museums Liverpool

7 April 2017 by Andrew

The Gang by Catherine Opie

“LGBT history is everyone’s history and we’re proud to tell it”, says Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at the Walker Art Gallery. Here, she blogs about National Museums legacy in programming LGBT exhibitions, artists and events that spans decades. Read more…

It begins! The conservation of Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory

16 March 2017 by Olympia Diamond

Detail image before treatment of Virgin and Child in Glory, c. 1673

Upon viewing Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory at the Walker, I admit, I was a bit overwhelmed by the subject staring down at me. However, after it arrived in our paintings conservation studio and was removed from its brightly gilded frame, the painting was subdued yet quietly powerful.  And in need of some care and attention…
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Alphonse Mucha tickets on sale from Monday!

15 March 2017 by Felicity

Gismonda, 1894 © Mucha Trust 2017

Save the date! Tickets for the Walker Art Gallery’s upcoming Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition are to go on sale online from Monday, 20 March. We couldn’t be more excited about this exhibition, which will showcase more than 100 works by Mucha, who is renowned for his iconic poster designs epitomising the Art Nouveau movement. The exhibition runs from 16 June to 29 October 2017.

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is recognised as one of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, and this major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of the artist around the theme of beauty; the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Read more…

Victorian Treasures – A conservation perspective

10 March 2017 by David Crombie

Installing Perseus and Andromeda

My colleague Alex Patterson has described in a previous blog how this fantastic display of works from National Museums Liverpool’s collections formed part of a touring exhibition that went to four venues in Japan over 2015 and 2016. This sort of large touring show involves a huge amount of organisation by many different people, and is by far the largest exhibition loan of its kind that I have been involved with during my time at National Museums Liverpool. It is also a big undertaking from a conservation point of view, as there is so much to think about in terms of protecting so many key works.

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International Women’s Day at National Museums Liverpool

2 March 2017 by Laura

sculpture of woman holding a 'votes for women' sign

Statue of Mary Bamber – A Revolutionary Woman by artists Carrie Reichardt and Nick Reynolds, on display at Museum of Liverpool.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange and the programme of events across National Museums Liverpool’s venues, starting this weekend, explores this challenge through the lives of real women, past and present. Read more…

Before and after: Princess Emilia of Saxony’s makeover

27 February 2017 by Felicity

Hans Krell’s Princess Emilia of Saxony, following conservation work

Princess Emilia of Saxony has recently enjoyed a makeover, courtesy of our conservation team! The painting by the German artist Hans Krell has been restored and cleaned by paintings conservator Rebecca Kench. In this post, Rebecca talks us through some key moments from the conservation process, as illustrated by the images in the slideshow: Read more…

Lions, Dragons, and Mummies this half-term

10 February 2017 by Megan

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Lady Lever © Dave Jones

© Dave Jones

Join us for an action packed half term week at National Museums Liverpool. Read more…

Victorian Treasures showcases new William Holman Hunt acquisition

9 February 2017 by Felicity

The painting is unwrapped for installation at the Walker Art Gallery’s Victorian Treasures exhibition

It’s very rare for the Lady Lever Art Gallery to acquire a new work, as the gallery was built to house the incredible collection amassed by William Hesketh Lever, the 1st Viscount Leverhulme. However, it recently acquired a painting by William Holman Hunt, which was fitting for the gallery due to its connection to the Lever family. The painting, Tuscan Girl, can be seen at the Walker Art Gallery until 7 May as part of its Victorian Treasures exhibition. Read more…

Share a moment at a museum this Valentine’s Day

9 February 2017 by Laura

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Lady Lever Art Gallery makes a perfect destination for a romantic date this Valentine’s. Image © Pete Carr

It’s that time of the year again… when I try and convince you to give something money can’t buy this Valentine’s Day – the pleasure of your company in surroundings full of beauty, culture and history. Read more…

Members wowed by Victorian Treasures

1 February 2017 by Sarah Houghton

Members event at the Walker Art GalleryOur members enjoyed a great evening last week when they had the opportunity to view our new exhibition Victorian Treasures before it opened to the public. This beautiful exhibition brings together more than 60 Victorian paintings and watercolours from the art collections here at National Museums Liverpool that have never been displayed together before.

During this out of hours event members enjoyed a complimentary drink in the café before hearing from renowned art historian and curator Christopher Newall. Christopher explained the early discussions he’d had with Sandra Penketh, our Director of Art Galleries, about putting together an exhibition of beautiful Victorian paintings, solely from our collections. He also enthralled members with tales from Japan, where the exhibition toured. Read more…



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