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Something cheap at the Walker Art Gallery

28 February 2013 by Karen

Cover of the Something Wild...at the Walker Art Gallery book

Get your copy before they sell out

To celebrate World Book Day on 7 March we’ve a very special book offer. Something Wild… at the Walker Art Gallery follows Keith and Ali on their adventures around the Gallery. It’s a fab book with some lovely illustrations – the type of book kids and adults both love. From Monday 4 to Sunday 10 March you can snaffle a copy for just £1 (usual price £3.99) from any of our venues. 

And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got a weekend of special tie-in events. On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March Big Art will be holding special storytelling sessions and craft activities, all linked to the book. And as ever, the events are free. More details on our website.

Book sale bargains

3 January 2013 by Karen

A brightly coloured teaset

A divine Clarice Cliff ‘tea for two’ set from Age of Jazz.

As January is synonymous with sales and spring cleaning we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone and have a bit of a clear out in our book warehouse. So if you fancy bagging yourself a bargain then check out the offers on our online shop.

It’s an eclectic selection and there are some great books, my personal favourites being ‘When Time Began to Rant and Rage…’ which is a fab book of Irish figurative work and totally worth a fiver, Age of Jazz: British Arts Deco Ceramics as I’m a sucker for a deco teaset, and British Watercolours and Drawings from the Lady Lever’s collection.

If you’ve still not got a John Moores catalogue then now is the time to buy one as they’re reduced to £7.50. And if you buy it from the Walker shop you get the John Moores China version for free. Read more…

Free copies of the John Moores China catalogue

21 December 2012 by Karen

Galleries are fab places during the Christmas holidays. They’re quiet, uplifting, not the television, and you leave feeling slightly virtuous before returning to the orgy of chocolate and booze that has been your diet for most of December. And in the case of our venues, they’re totally free.

If you wander to the Walker this festive season to catch the John Moores Painting Prize before it closes on 6 January, you’ll no doubt see the rather large and rather excellent prize winners from the John Moores China exhibition. These are just five of the 63 pieces from the Shanghai exhibition, all of which are featured in the Chinese exhibition catalogue. In the spirit of festive generosity we’re giving away this Chinese catalogue for free to anyone who buys a copy of our own John Moores exhibition catalogue. Read more…

Peter Blake-signed book up for grabs

20 December 2012 by Karen

Cover of a John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue

John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue

Just a reminder that time is short if you would like to win a copy of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue. But these are not just any copies of the catalogue – they’re signed by our esteemed patron, Sir Peter Blake.To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is join our e-newsletter list. No mess, no fuss.

And if you’re thinking a catalogue would make a fine Christmas present, you’d be right. They can be purchased from our online shop (you’re cutting it fine though – last UK posting for Christmas is today!) or from the Walker shop itself. Hard sell over.
Read more…

Hot off the press

1 November 2012 by Karen

Mrs Tinne cover, featuring a white smock on a green background.

Please do judge this book by its lovely cover.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the market for some holiday reading, we’ve got some brilliant titles available on our online shop.

‘Earlier British Paintings in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House’ by Alex Kidson is a book featuring more than 300 paintings by the likes of Gainsborough, Hogarth, Romney and Stubbs.

Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe by Pauline Rushton is an update of the highly popular costume catalogue. Perfect for learning more about the amazing costume in our collections.


Fighting for Human Rights

23 October 2012 by Karen

Emma Duffy is our internal communication officer. She attended the recent FIHRM conference and these are her thoughts on what she saw:

Recently the International Slavery Museum hosted the third Federation of International Human Rights Museums conference (FIHRM) with delegates attending from across the globe including Mongolia, Gambia, Mexico, Nigeria and Vietnam. I was honoured to attend the second day of the two-day conference and was enthralled by the diversity of topics discussed.

I was particularly moved by Ben Osu’s presentation (Community Engagement Officer for Your Housing Group). He discussed the heartbreaking and abhorrent story of Malala, the fourteen year old from Pakistan who was recently shot in the head and left for dead by the Taliban for writing a blog and opposing the regime.
Read more…

Liverpool – the story of a city

9 October 2012 by Karen

Cover of a book showing a man on a ferry

Liverpool – the story of a city

If you’ve enjoyed your visit to the Museum of Liverpool (and who hasn’t?) or can’t make it to the Museum, then our latest book is worth a look.

Liverpool – the story of a city gives a whistle stop tour of the Museum’s galleries (essentially a potted history of Liverpool), starting with the departure of the ice at the end of the last Ice Age, running through to the recent report on Hillsborough.

It celebrates the city and the millions who have inspired, thrived, created, fought, worked and lived here. It covers the Liverpool usuals (The Beatles, football, Grand National, slavery, the docks etc) plus many topics you may not immediately associate wth the city like the American Civil War, the world’s first passenger railway and the humble cup of tea. There’s lots of photos which make for a pleasant wander down memory lane for locals, and for visitors an introduction to the city Carl Jung described as ‘the pool of life’. Read more…

Life below stairs

5 October 2012 by Karen

Woman holding a sparkly black dress

Pauline Rushton with one of Mrs Tinne’s many evening dresses.

Have to admit to being a bit of a Downton Abbey fan. I realise that you could drive a 1911 Renault type CB1 through the holes in the plot, but the Thomas/O’Brien feud and Lady Edith getting to act for once have kept me stuck to the sofa.  The goings-on below stairs are definitely more interesting than the Crawleys’ whinging that they only ‘own most of the village’, which is probably why I’m enjoying the Beeb’s latest offering, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs. Read more…

Remembering MV Derbyshire

11 September 2012 by Karen

Curator of Maritime Collections, Ellie Moffat, remembers a maritime disaster with Liverpool links.

Smiling people standing in front of a museum exhibit.

Ellie Moffat (fourth from left) with members of the Derbyshire Family Association.

Last Friday morning we opened a new display about bulk carrier MV Derbyshire, the largest British registered merchant ship ever to be lost at sea. We were pleased to be joined by members of the Derbyshire Family Association, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Sharon Sullivan and Maria Eagle MP.

Sunday 9th September marked the 32nd anniversary of the sinking and so it is a timely reminder of this immense ship that was lost in the South China Sea during typhoon Orchid, on 9 September 1980.
She was nearing the end of her voyage from Canada to Japan, carrying 157,446 tons of iron ore. All 42 crewmen and two of their wives perished, including 17 from Liverpool. Read more…

Titanic launch anniversary

31 May 2011 by Karen

Model of a ship in a glass case in a museum

The model of the Titanic at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.

April 1912 is the date most people usually associate with Titanic; whether it’s her leaving Belfast on 2 April, the start of her maiden voyage on 10 April, or her sinking on 15 April.

However, 31 May 1911 is also an important day on the Titanic calendar as it was the day on which the ship was launched. One hundred years ago today she slipped down the greased no. 3 slipway into Belfast waters, before being moved into dry dock for fitting-out.

It must have been a momentous day for everyone associated with the shipyard. Tickets were distributed for the 12.15pm event and a grandstand was erected for spectators. The spectacle was witnessed by over 100,000 people which must have been a sight in itself. Read more…

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