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Vote for women in our advent calendar!

29 November 2018 by Sam

illustration of a wintery scene including Liverpool landmarks

Each December we count down the days to Christmas with the National Museums Liverpool advent calendar. There’s a different surprise from our collections and exhibitions behind each door, with a new theme each year. Throughout 2018 we have been involved with a number of special events in our museums and across the city of Liverpool to mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women over the age of 30 the right to vote for the first time. So to celebrate the end of this significant year, we felt that a fitting theme for this year’s advent calendar would be women.

Naturally, I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises hidden behind the doors on the advent calendar, but I can tell you that there are some remarkable stories of a variety of pioneering women from across the ages, including scientists, artists and trailblazers, both from Liverpool and further afield. There will be names that you know and some that you are less familiar with, including a few surprises from our stores and archives which are not usually on display.

So don’t forget to open our advent calendar at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/advent each day from 1 to 24 December.

If you can’t wait until December to find out about some of the inspiring women in our collections, then you can always visit the Taking liberties: women’s suffrage in Liverpool display at the Museum of Liverpool (don’t worry – it doesn’t contain any spoilers, we have plenty of other great stories to share with you!) Or take a look at the Christmas pages on our website for details of our free events, opening hours over the holidays, Christmas dining, gift ideas and more to get you in the festive spirit.

The year of the dog

15 February 2018 by Scott Smith

February marks the start of the new lunar year, and it’s during this time that millions of people across the world will gather to celebrate Chinese New Year. Starting on 16 February, we’ll have seven days of joyous festivities filled with fireworks, lanterns and revelry as the city is lit up in red.

This year is the beginning of the Year of the Dog, defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Dogs are the eleventh sign in the zodiac and are seen as independent, sincere and decisive. Honest and loyal, dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partners. Those born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 all fall under the year of the dog.

To celebrate man’s most faithful of friends, we’ve pulled together a list of dogs from across National Museums Liverpool’s collections and exhibitions.

‘Table d’Hote at a Dogs’ Home’ by John Charles Dollman

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Our advent calendar is going to the dogs!

30 November 2017 by Sam

advent calendar illustration of a winter scene with Liverpool landmarks

With Christmas approaching it’s time for one of my favourite annual traditions – the unveiling of National Museums Liverpool’s free online advent calendar! Each year we ease you into the festive season with daily treats from our collections and displays, including a few surprises, incredible tales and fascinating facts along the way.

Last year’s advent calendar featured cats from our museums and galleries, so to restore balance to the universe, the theme for 2017 is dogs. Read more…

Clothing out of the closet

2 May 2017 by Andrew

Punk bondage suit

“Clothes, fashionable or otherwise, and whether we realise it or not, almost always have a message”, says Senior Curator of Art Galleries, Pauline Rushton.

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Focus on JMW Turner

9 February 2017 by Megan

The Wreck Buoy

‘The Wreck Buoy’ by JMW Turner

Joseph Mallard William Turner, well known for his landscape paintings, was in fact a controversial painter back in his day. Now he is regarded as the painter who put landscape paintings in the spotlight.

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Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Matt

logoPride and Prejudice: Bringing stories out of the closet is a groudbreaking project to reveal the sometimes hidden LGBT histories of objects held at National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool. The results of what the team have uncovered can be found on the project web pages, with more to be added at the end of this month.

A two year project, there is still much to come in the next 12 months.

In the next few weeks, there are two opportunities to meet the team at the Walker Art Gallery on 30 November, and the Museum of Liverpool  on 10 December. Come and find out what’s planned for 2017 and see how you can get involved.

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Focus on: Viscountess Folkstone

10 November 2016 by Megan

sudley2blogThe conservation treatment of Gainsborough’s Viscountess Folkestone during the refurbishment of Sudley House (2007) provided an ideal opportunity to examine the materials and technique of this remarkable portrait. Read more…

Focus on: ‘Sunday morning’ by Alma-Tadema

21 October 2016 by Simon Birtall

sundaymorning-blog

Sunday Morning, Alma-Tadema

With the recent rediscovery of a ‘lost’ work by Dutch artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow it brought to mind another overlooked treasure by Alma-Tadema. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite women – fashion inspirations

10 October 2016 by Scott Smith

A visitor who looks like a Pre-Raphaelite looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings

A visitor finds her inspiration in a Pre-Raphaelite painting from the Lady Lever collection!

Why not come and see some of the original fashion pioneers – the women of the Pre-Raphaelites in Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever and Sudley House. Read more…

Sheep and Lambs celebrate their 150th birthday at Sudley!

21 September 2016 by Simon Birtall

painting of sheep in a field

‘Sheep and Lambs’ by Rosa Bonheur, currently on display at Sudley House

One of the joys of working at, and visiting, Sudley House is the chance to see, nestling amongst paintings by the likes of Turner, Gainsborough and Reynolds, paintings by a number of 19th century artists less familiar to the average visitor, but whose work and personal stories I often find both surprising and inspiring.

George Holt, the 19th century ship owner and philanthropist whose collection of artwork Sudley is home to, saw it as his duty to support contemporary British artists. Read more…



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