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Introducing Emily Tinne

1 November 2019 by Ellie Shenton

Emily Tinne portrait

Emily Margaret Tinne, taken around the time of her marriage in 1910. Photograph courtesy of the Tinne family

Most of us have clothes that we never wear but can’t bear to part with or have made one of those “mad purchases” when we wonder just what we’ve bought. Yet, whilst there are times when we could do with the skills of Marie Kondo, there are few whose dedication to fashion went as far as that of Emily Tinne.

Emily is often referred to as Britain’s first “shopaholic” and with a collection of over 700 items of clothing it’s not hard to understand why.

Born in Calcutta in 1886, Emily began buying and collecting clothes after her wedding in 1910. Her collection is a wonderful insight into how fashion evolved over the decades until the 1930s. Read more…

Picture This competition

29 October 2019 by Ann

Woman and man with Liver Building in background and text 'Picture This'

This November, the debut show from Pique Niche Productions is coming to The Hope Street Theatre. Picture This showcases 3 brand new plays from Liverpool based writers. Each play is inspired by art: whether that be landscapes of the city’s inimitable waterfront or an abstract painting of a woman with an iguana for a necklace! The stories explore family life and relationships ranging from the romantic to the dysfunctional, and all told with a classic Scouse sense of humour.

Our current exhibition, An English lady’s wardrobe, doesn’t feature any iguana necklaces, but it does feature the largest collection of a single person’s clothing in any UK gallery.

To mark the opening of An English lady’s wardrobe and the debut performances of Picture This we’re giving away two pairs of tickets Read more…

Painting by John Moores 2018 artist Pete Clarke added to the Walker’s collection

8 July 2019 by Andrew

Artist Pete Clarke in his studio

Artist Pete Clarke blogs about his painting doubt and distance… of lost content, which was exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery as part of John Moores 2018. It is one of two works from the show purchased by the Walker for its permanent collection. The other is David Lock‘s El Muniria.

Read more…

Volunteers Week spotlight – Corrina from Ethnology

6 June 2019 by Rachel O'Malley

Volunteers are an integral part of National Museums Liverpool, and without them, important work would not be able to take place. To celebrate Volunteers Week we are meeting more volunteers as part of a bumper Volunteer Spotlight series so we can really celebrate the different contributions that our amazing volunteers make.

Alex (L) and Corrina (R)

Life has a habit of going full circle and that is certainly the case with Corrina: a volunteer with the Ethnology team. When she returned to the UK having taught English in Japan for fourteen years, Corrina revisited what she had originally had an interest in before her move, and looked towards the Walker Art Gallery, which she studied as part of her dissertation. This prompted her to make enquires into volunteering for National Museums Liverpool.

Initially Corrina had been interested in archive work  and she also wanted her volunteer role to link back to Japan: assisting the Ethnology department research and record the Japan collection in the museum collections store seemed perfect. Read more…

Through the roof in 2018!

27 March 2019 by Laura

Terracotta General

Terracotta General © Mr. Ziyu Qiu

No two ways about it, 2018 was a blockbuster year for National Museums Liverpool.

In figures released today by ALVA it was revealed that World Museum was the most visited museum in England (outside London) last year. Read more…

Celebrating a new acquisition on International Women’s Day

8 March 2019 by Alex Patterson

Walker Art Gallery’s new acquisition, Bust of Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester & Edinburgh, 1853 by Mary Thornycroft (1809-1895).

On International Women’s Day, I wanted to share some exciting news about one of the Walker Art Gallery’s newest acquisitions. It is a marble Bust of Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester & Edinburgh, 1853, by Mary Thornycroft (1809-1895). It was transferred to the Walker from Leighton House Museum earlier this year to join our world renowned sculpture collection. Read more…

Quieter mornings at the Walker Art Gallery

2 November 2018 by Ann

A friendly welcome awaits you at the Walker

Did you know we’ve been running a programme of relaxed sessions for visitors with Autism and learning disabilities across our museums and galleries?

As part of our work with Autism Together and Autism in Museums we’ve been learning what we need to do to extend our welcome to visitors with Autism and learning disabilities, their friends and families.  As a result we’ve started hosting regular events which you can find on our website and written a series of Welcome Guides for our museums and galleries which aim to take the guess work out of a visit and seek to answer some of our most frequently asked questions which arise when anyone is thinking about visiting.  You can view and download a guide before you visit or borrow one from the information desk during a visit. Read more…

Gary Lawrence wins John Moores 2018 Visitors’ Choice

26 October 2018 by Andrew

Visitors’ Choice winning artist, Gary Lawrence

Visitors to the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 have spoken in their thousands and voted for Gary Lawrence’s Kos Town Paradise Hotel Front Terrace to be their winner for this year’s Visitors’ Choice Prize. The dark and deceptive painting won the £2,018 prize, sponsored by Rathbones. Read more…

Teachers’ Evening – Get Involved!

24 September 2018 by Matt

Children in Museum

School visit

Want your class to experience a bit of hard work – Victorian style?  Ever fancied packing them off permanently on a ship to faraway climes?  Here’s your opportunity to find out how we can make this happen! Read more…

Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else

3 September 2018 by Felicity

Portraits from National Museums Liverpool’s collection have been brought out of storage for the exhibition. Shown here in the conservation studio.

Here at the Walker, we’ve been working on something exciting with the Wirral-based artist, Leo Fitzmaurice…

Leo will create an assembly of portraits at the Gallery as part of a new exhibition, which asks us to look twice at what might, at first, seem familiar. Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else (29 September 2018 to 17 March 2019) will include artworks from the Arts Council Collection and National Museums Liverpool’s own collection.

More than 30 portraits by artists including Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Milena Dragicevic, Ken Kiff, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and Philip Sutton will feature in the exhibition, which takes place in Room 9 at the Gallery. Read more…



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