MUSEUMS & GALLERIES MONTH
JOHN Millard, keeper of World Museum Liverpool, will
personally welcome visitors to the popular museum on Saturday 29
April 2006 at the start of Museums & Galleries Month. This is
also the first anniversary of the opening World Museum Liverpool
(formerly Liverpool Museum) when over 600,000 visitors will have
passed through its doors, 85% more than in the previous year.
John Millard says:-- “The remarkable success of World Museum
Liverpool shows how the public are flocking into museums in
ever-increasing numbers. This year National Museums Liverpool has
had more visitors than at any other time in its history and this
greater number of visitors are being more inspired and engaged than
ever before. In Museums and Galleries Month we celebrate the
wide and varied contributions of Britain’s museums and art
galleries. We want to use this month to point out the great work
that our museums do twelve months a year and we hope that Museums
and Galleries Month is an opportunity to remind people that museum
going should be a part of their daily lives.”
Visits to the 8 National Museums Liverpool venues have gone up by a
staggering 129% since free admission was introduced in 2001. Annual
visits now top 1.6 million. In the February 2006 half term week a
record-breaking 36,000 people visited World Museum Liverpool – more
than 3 times the average weekly figure.
David Fleming, National Museums Liverpool director, says:--
“Despite our fantastic visitor figures there are still a lot of
people out there who rarely, if ever, visit museums and art
galleries. Museums and Galleries Month is a great opportunity
for people to try something new. At National Museums Liverpool we
are open seven days a week and it’s all free.”
We will have a balloon modeller who also performs pocket magic, a
face painting artist and a street entertainer at the World Museum
Liverpool from 11am till 4pm on Saturday 29 April 2006. We will also
cut our birthday cake and give it to visitors.
Several museum-focused programmes are scheduled to be shown on
national and local TV during Museums and Galleries Month. They
include a 4-part documentary about National Museums Liverpool on
Granada and People’s Museum, a series looking at more than 70
museums throughout Liverpool and the rest of the UK.
Just some of the highlights at National Museums Liverpool during
Museums and Galleries Month (all events are free):-
Walker Art Gallery:- 2 fascinating and contrasting temporary exhibitions.
A Celebration features 26 paintings by this legendary Liverpool
artist who is thought by many to be the greatest painter of horses.
There is a Stubbs Study Afternoon from 2 - 4.30pm on Saturday 6 May.
Call 0151 478 4178 to book a place. At 1pm on Thursday 18 May you
can hear about Stubbs’ material and techniques. If you would like to
hear more about some of the the paintings you can go on a half-hour
guided tour of the exhibition at 2pm on Saturday 20 May.
A Passion for Fashion:- This looks at the unique art deco clothing collection of Liverpool
socialite Mrs Emily Tinne. There is a 45-minute tour at 2pm hours on
Tuesday 2 May. Both exhibitions run until 30 July.
At 11.30am on Wednesday 17 May adult visitors can go behind the
scenes at the Walker, built in 1877 by Victorian grandee Sir Andrew
Barclay Walker, for an hour-long tour. Book on 0151 478 4178.
And don’t forget the Walker’s new permanent children’s gallery aimed
at the under-eights, Big Art for Little Artists.
World Museum Liverpool:-
Eye for Colour is a temporary exhibition looking at the fascinating
world of colour, from spectrums and kaleidoscopes to how we see and
perceive the world around us.
The Treasure House Theatre has a thrilling programme of family shows
throughout Museums and Galleries Month, 2pm Monday to Friday, 2pm
and 3pm Saturdays and Sundays. Live presentations include Molly the
Friendly Blue Whale, Man Myth and Monsters, Death on the Nile and
At 1400 hours Monday 15 May the over-12s can handle items from the
museum’s fascinating collections in the event, Power and Protection,
which shows how people from around the world display status and
identity as well as protect themselves. Cont …
Screen Treasure House Theatre features film documentaries linked to
the museum’s collections, including the following staged at 2pm
hours on Fridays:- Pyramid:- In the Name of the King (5 May), Saxons
and Vikings:- Signs of the Vikings (19 May), Romans in Britain:- Roman
Roads and Cities (26 May).
Tickets for all the above are free and available from the
information desk on the day.
The Planetarium enables visitors to blast off on a spectacular
journey through space and time, learning about the universe on the
way. The main shows are Wonders of the Solar System and a special
lively interactive for the under fives called Sunshine. For more
details call 0151 478 4283.
Merseyside Maritime Museum:- The temporary exhibition 100% Cotton is a large, family-friendly
exhibition exploring cotton – its uses, how it grows, its trade and
impact on Liverpool and the North West, both socially and
Dare to Dream is a temporary exhibition displaying artworks by
members of the National Museums Liverpool Art Group. All have been
inspired by poetry. It runs until 21 May.
Lady Lever Art Gallery:-
The exciting temporary exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Drawings runs
until 14 May. It features the National Museums Liverpool collection
of Pre-Raphaelite drawings including work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
William Holman Hunt, Ford Madox Brown, John Everett Millais and
Edward Coley Burne-Jones. Some of these images are studies for
famous paintings while others are designs for other artworks.
Art historian and actor Paul O’Keeffe recreates a witty and
controversial lecture by leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin in
an hour-long presentation called John Ruskin Live:- PreRaphaelitism
1853 at 6pm on Saturday 13 May. Booking essential, free tickets
from the Lady Lever Art Gallery shop.
BLACKPOOL TOWER AN ICON?
BLACKPOOL Tower is declared a
national treasure as ICONS unveils 21 new Icons of England.
The North West’s most popular seaside resort is celebrated in the
latest round of icons of England announced today (28 April) as ICONS... A Portrait of England releases its second wave of national icons.
Blackpool Tower, the beacon for generations of seaside
holiday-makers, is included in a new list of 21 icons, and yes, chosen from
thousands of people’s nominations from England and around the globe.
It marks another step in the creation of an online collection that
aims to provide a snapshot of the life of the nation in the 21st
The 21 new icons are:--
St George’s Flag
The Domesday Book
The Notting Hill Carnival
The Hay Wain
The Sutton Hoo helmet
The Lindisfarne Gospels
Pride and Prejudice
The Origin of Species
The Eden Project
The Machin (Queen’s head) stamp
The project, which launched in January, appears to have captured the
public imagination. Funded by Culture Online, part of the Department
for Culture, Media and Sport, ICONS has attracted hundreds of
thousands of votes for the nation’s favourite icons.
Jerry Doyle, Managing Director of ICONS,
said:-- “We are delighted with the response from the public. It
has been overwhelming, with around a quarter of a million visits to
the site, more than 5000 suggested nominations and around 300,000
Nominations have ranged from popular national treasures like
Wallace and Grommit and Dr Who to controversial suggestions like fox
hunting, where the debate rages on.”
Peter Carson, from English Heritage, said:-- “ICONS Online is
an exciting initiative that will encourage greater public awareness
of the many marvellous cultural treasures that can be found around
almost every corner of this country. It is up to all of us to spread
the word about ICONS so as many people as possible, from all walks
of life, nominate the things they love most about England.”
Alex Cosgrave, Tower Hamlets Director of Environment and Culture,
was delighted Brick Lane made it into the second wave of
nominations:-- “The ICONS website is a valuable initiative and
we are delighted that Brick Lane has been nominated,” he
said. “It’s a vibrant area for all the communities in the
borough, as well as visitors, to enjoy, well-renowned for its
fantastic selection of restaurants. Brick Lane is also home to the
Baishaki Mela celebrating the Bengali New Year, which will be held
on 14 May.”
Many celebrities have made their nominations and a new collection
will be published on the ICONS site to coincide with the second wave
of icons announcements. These include:- Eddie Izzard (who nominated
the South Downs); Nick Rhodes and John Taylor of Duran Duran
(Birmingham’s Rotunda); Bob Hoskins (the career of Judi Dench);
Darcey Bussell OBE (Royal Opera House); Graham Norton (the pub
sign); Mary Quant (cardigans and cottage pie), Sarah Hendy (Alison
Lapper statue) and Jemma Redgrave (Porchester Spa).
4 waves of new icons will be announced during 2006 until the
collection boasts 100 Icons of England. It is being assembled
jigsaw-fashion, bit by bit, at
The first 12 official ‘Icons of England’ in the collection,
announced in January, were:-- Stonehenge, Punch and Judy, the S.S.
Empire Windrush, Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII, a cup of tea, the
FA Cup, Alice in Wonderland, the Routemaster double-decker bus, the
King James Bible, the Angel of the North, the Spitfire and
The idea behind the ICONS project is that it can help us all to
explore, enjoy and celebrate our cultural treasures more and will
encourage visits to museums and galleries. But it is also proving an
unusual and exciting entrée for potential tourists eager to find out
what makes England tick.
The ICONS coalition embraces a wide range of national cultural,
sporting and heritage bodies, as well as charity partners. It
includes the National Trust, British Library, the Black Cultural
Archives, the Football Association, English Heritage, Visit Britain,
the V&A Museum of Childhood, the British Museum, the National
Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Muslim Council for Great
Britain and several national and city museums in Bristol, London,
Birmingham, Gateshead, Brighton & Hove and Manchester.
ICONS is working with Age Concern (Silver Surfers Festival in May),
Mencap and the CEED Positive Action programme in Bristol to
encourage web use.
“ICONS offers a unique experience, a tantalising mix of
things about life in England. Who else boasts eggy soldiers, the
misplaced apostrophe and Shakespeare’s plays in their collection?
ICONS does what the best teachers do, helping us to learn lots of
things without realising that we are learning at all,” said
Jerry Doyle, of ICONS.
We want you to send in your mobile phone
pictures to us to help find the North West ICONS... email our news
desk with your phone pictures to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will select the best
and display later on in the year!