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Free events at National Museums Liverpool (October)

Posted on Monday 21st September 2015
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Please find below listings for free events across National Museums Liverpool venues for October.

TOP PICKS FOR THIS MONTH

·       Black History Month: In focus talks
INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM
7, 14, 21 & 28 October
3pm

Join a member of our Education Team to find out more about our collections with a different object in focus each week.
Drop in, no booking required

·        Photography workshop
MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
10 October
10.30am-1.30pm

Join photographer Lee Karen Stow to discover more about the images featured in our exhibition Poppies: Women and War. The exhibition remembers women in times of war through a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war, alongside a botanical series of the poppy flower. Bring along a camera to this interactive workshop where you will focus on different photography techniques and find out more about planning an exhibition.
Free event, pre-booking essential, see our website for more details

  •      Exhibition talk
    LADY LEVER ART GALLERY
    22 October
    2pm

    Join Nicola Cunningham, Exhibitions Officer, for a talk about the process of installing the Putting on the Glitz exhibition and behind the scenes stories about the beautiful garments on display.
    Drop in, no booking required

 

October listings

WALKER ART GALLERY
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
William Brown Street, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker
Telephone 0151 478 4199
@walkergallery

Exhibition

REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting
10 July – 29 November 2015
Six decades of British painting are represented by more than 50 works, united not only by the medium of paint but also the unique way the artists represent real life in modern Britain.

Events

Introductory tour
Every Wednesday
3pm
Enjoy an introductory tour led by our Visitor Host focusing on the history of the Gallery and highlights from the collection.
Drop in, no booking required

Talk Tuesdays
Every Tuesday
1pm
Join us each week for a varied programme of talks from a range of speakers and find out about our collection, exhibitions and what goes on behind the scenes. Visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker for full listings.
Drop in, no booking required

Early Years Foundation Stage training session
6 October
4pm
This event is aimed at anyone working with children aged under five who is interested in gaining creative new ideas on how to work with the children at their site and in a gallery environment.
Free event, please book in advance by emailing
emma.gilluley@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or call 0151 478 4166 to reserve your place.

Poetry performance
8 October
12.30pm
Celebrate National Poetry Day at the Walker Art Gallery by listening to a variety of poems inspired by the Walker's collections and the city of Liverpool.
Drop in, no booking required

Working with words
8 October
10.30am
Join poet Maria Isakova Bennett for a poetry writing workshop. Maria will perform her own work and then offer tips and guidance so you can develop your own creative writing.
Drop in, no booking required

Talk Tuesday: Reality
20 October
1pm

Join Assistant Curator, Alex Patterson for a tour of the Reality exhibition.
Drop in, no booking required

Reality: Every picture tells a story
24 October
11am – 3pm

The Reality exhibition is the focus for this special event, which is part of this year’s Big Draw at the Walker. The day is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the exhibition and develop practical skills.
Free event, booking is essential:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reality-every-picture-tells-a-story-tickets-18591066380

Sketching in the sculpture gallery
24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 October
10am – 4.30pm

Let your pencil take the lead and try your hand at drawing, surrounded by the beauty of our Sculpture Gallery for this year’s Big Draw.
Drop in, no booking required

Big Draw: Every drawing tells a story
26, 27 & 28 October
1-4pm

Pick up a pencil and get involved in the Big Draw this half term. It doesn’t matter if you can't draw a straight line or if you’re a budding Picasso; we are sure you will find our activities rather fun. See website for full listings.
Drop in, no booking required

Big Art, Big Draw
26, 27 & 28 October
10am-4pm

Add texture, sparkle and colour to your wonderful drawings with gluing and sticking in our interactive children’s gallery.
Drop in, no booking required

Walk the line
26, 27 & 28 October
10am – 4pm

Collect one of our free gallery trails and try to find all of the hidden pencils.
Drop in, no booking required

The bigger picture
26, 27 & 28 October
1-4pm

Join other visitors on gallery in this fun Big Draw challenge as we recreate an image from the Reality exhibition.
Drop in, no booking required

Comic book reality
26, 27 & 28 October
1-4pm

Turn your life, family and adventures into an exciting comic strip with the help of artist Jim Medway.
Drop in, no booking required

Talk Tuesday: Picasso on Paper
27 October
1pm

Join Curator of European Fine Arts, Xanthe Brook as she explores the Walker's newly-acquired Picasso drawing and find out about Picasso's influence on other artists.
Drop in, no booking required

Teacher and student support session
29 October
11am – 1pm

Drop in and chat to our Education Team about what the Walker Art Gallery has on offer for primary and secondary schools and how paintings can be used in the classroom. We can also offer Art and Design homework advice. Free resources available to take away.
Drop in, no booking required

LADY LEVER ART GALLERY
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Port Sunlight, Wirral
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
Telephone 0151 478 4136
@leverartgallery

Exhibition

Putting on the Glitz
16 October – 28 February 2016

Dazzling 1930s evening gowns take centre stage in the Putting on the Glitz exhibition, revealing how the glitz and glamour of Hollywood was reflected in the fashions of the period.

Events

Introductory tour
1, 6, 10, 13, 14 20 & 24 October
11am and 2pm

Introduction to the Gallery and its collections.
Drop in, no booking required

Choir performance
3 October
1 and 2pm

Join the Wirral Community Choir for a choral performance.
Drop in, no booking required

Choir performance
4 October
1pm & 2.15pm

Join the Kaboodle Choir for a choral performance.
Drop in, no booking required

Quilling workshop for beginners
7 October
1-3pm

Join artist Josie Jenkins for a talk and quilling workshop for beginners where you will decorate a box to take away. Quilling, also known as paper filigree is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper and then shaping them to make the exquisite designs.
Free event, pre-booking essential. Check www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever for booking details.

Piano recital
15 October
2pm

Join pianist Russell Thompson for a recital. Russell attended the Royal Forest of Dean College, having lessons with Yanna Zissiadou. He then entered the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Sally Ann Macleod.
Drop in, no booking required

Exhibition talk
22 October
2pm

Join Nicola Cunningham, Exhibitions Officer, for a talk about the process of installing the Putting on the Glitz exhibition and behind the scenes stories about the beautiful garments on display.
Drop in, no booking required

SUDLEY HOUSE
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/sudley
Telephone 0151 478 4016
@sudleyhouse

Exhibitions

Drip Dry!
Ongoing

A 1990s shell suit and a 1960s 'Beatles dress' are just two of the highlights of this small exhibition looking at how man-made fibres have revolutionised textile manufacture.

Collection in focus
3 April 2015 – 8 November

We are pleased to be able to show a small selection of paintings from the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Sudley House, due to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever's South End galleries. The display of nine paintings includes work by artists such as Joshua Reynolds, John Francis Rigaud and René Theodore Berthon.

Events

Introductory tour
Every Wednesday
1pm

Join our Visitor Host for an introduction to Sudley House and the Holt family, focusing on some of the wonderful paintings in the collection.
Drop in, no booking required

Focus on: Frederick Lord Leighton
16 October
1pm
Find out how Leighton was influenced by his visits to European and Middle Eastern cities that were rich in art and architecture.
Drop in, no booking required

Focus on: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
25 October
1pm

Join us to learn more about this influential group of artists through looking at paintings by Millais, Holman Hunt and Rossetti.
Drop in, no booking required

MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol
Telephone 0151 478 4545
@museumliverpool

Exhibitions

Poppies: Women and War
24 July 2015 – February 2016
Poppies: Women and War is an exhibition by photographer Lee Karen Stow, remembering women in times of war from the First World War to the present day. It combines a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war, with a botanical series of the poppy flower in its national environment.

It’s Glam Up North
25 September – 6 December 2015

The Museum of Liverpool will host this exhibition of works by some of the biggest names in art and design, curated by photographer Rankin. It's Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin features two pieces of work by Rankin himself, as well as works by artists, filmmakers, graphics and fashion designers.

Rankin has curated It’s Glam Up North to support Claire House Children’s Hospice of which he is a patron. Calling on artists, film makers, fashion and graphic designers to donate works that will be auctioned on Saturday 21 November, with proceeds going to the charity.

Events

Remember when…?
1 October
3pm

Enjoy a nostalgic look back at the Liverpool of our childhoods. Memory sharing compulsory!
Drop in, no booking required

Memory walk
1 October
11am and 2pm

Journey through the last hundred years as we explore some of the stories and objects from Liverpool's past. Especially suited to older visitors, these gallery tours are part of our wider House of Memories programme.
Drop in, no booking required

The Liverpool Shanty Kings
4 October
1pm

Enjoy traditional shanty singing with The Liverpool Shanty Kings.
Drop in, no booking required

Poppies: Introductory tours
4 & 22 October
3pm

Join our education team for a short informal introductory tour of the exhibition looking at the different roles of women during conflicts from 1914 to the present.
Drop in, no booking required

Sensory tour
6 October
2pm

Discover our collections in this unique tour which focuses on the sights, smells and sounds of the Museum as well as including opportunities to explore objects by touch.
Drop in, no booking required

Meet me at the Museum
6, 13, 20 & 27 October
11am-1pm

Join our Visitor Hosts for a friendly gathering to share memories and reminisce in the Museum of Liverpool.
Drop in, no booking required

Poppies: Exhibition tours
10 October
2.30pm

A guided tour of the exhibition Poppies: Women and War with photographer Lee Karen Stow. Find out more about her inspiration for the exhibition and discover the fascinating stories behind the photographs.
Drop in, no booking required

Photography workshop
10 October
10.30am-1.30pm

Join photographer Lee Karen Stow to discover more about the images featured in our exhibition Poppies: Women and War. The exhibition remembers women in times of war through a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war, alongside a botanical series of the poppy flower. Bring along a camera to this interactive workshop where you will focus on different photography techniques and find out more about planning an exhibition.
Free event, pre-booking essential, see our website for more details

Introductory tours
12 October
1pm and 3pm

Join our Visitor Host for a variety of themed tours exploring the Museum’s galleries and collections. See website for details.
Drop in, no booking required

Liverpool Irish festival
17 October
11am-4pm

Celebrate Liverpool's Irish heritage with a day of activities, performances, talks and tours for all ages.
Drop in, no booking required

Good education
26 October
11.30am and 2.30pm

In 1982 parents and activists took the extraordinary decision to occupy Croxteth Comprehensive School after plans were announced for its closure. The occupation ran for a full year and transformed the lives of many Croxteth residents and pupils. The play, Good Education, was developed from oral histories collected from the people who were involved in the struggle. The play will be followed by a Q&A with some of the activists involved in the struggle.
Drop in, no booking required

Liverpool landscape lunchtimes
30 October
1pm

Have a go at sketching the spectacular view from our second floor windows. Absolute beginners very welcome.
Drop in, no booking required

MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime
Telephone 0151 478 4499
@merseymaritime

Exhibitions

Lusitania: life, loss, legacy
Opened 27 March 2015

This new exhibition is situated on the first floor of the Museum, created to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania, on 7 May 2015. As well as the story of the Lusitania, the display considers the role of Liverpool’s liners in the First World War.

On their own: Britain's child migrants
17 October 2014 - 4 October 2015

From the 1860s until the late 1960s more than 100,000 children were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries through child migration schemes. This exhibition tells their emotional stories, and through detailed case studies, visitors will meet a number of child migrants and find out more about their different experiences.

Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story
This compelling exhibition explores Liverpool's central role in the Titanic story. Discover the real life stories of those who sailed on Titanic, in their own words. Featuring film footage, images, costumes and interactive touch screens, the optimism and tragedy of Titanic is brought to life.

Events

All hands on deck
3, 25 & 30 October
Intervals from 1pm

Discover more about Liverpool's maritime past and where some of our most famous phrases and sayings actually come from!
Drop in, no booking required

Port Sunlight Sea Dogs Shanty performances
4 October
Intervals throughout the day

Set your feet tapping to rousing songs of the sea with these performances of traditional shanties!
Drop in, no booking required

Spotlight on the Lusitania
10 & 18 October
1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm

The story of the Lusitania is central to the history of Liverpool. Find out more about this intriguing part of the city's past with our demonstrator.
Drop in, no booking required

Cunard objects
10, 18, 27 & 28 October
1-4pm

The Cunard Line is a world famous Liverpool company - find out more about their history and some of their well known ships, such as Lusitania, with our range of objects.
Drop in, no booking required

Titanic - the Quartermaster's story
11 October
1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm

Robert Hichins was at the wheel when Titanic hit the iceberg - hear this fascinating account of what really happened to him that night.
Drop in, no booking required

Titanic - Stories through objects
17 October
Intervals from 1pm

Come and find out more about the world famous ship with our collection of replica handling objects.
Drop in, no booking required

Titanic - The night the lights went out
25 October
1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm

Meet our First Class passenger, Emily Broughton Williams, who made the fateful maiden voyage on Titanic. Hear her fascinating account of life on board and the horrors of the sinking.
Drop in, no booking required

Spring Heeled Jack storytelling
31 October
1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm

Who is the mysterious Victorian stranger? Why are they loitering in the Museum? This distinctive character has a dark tale to tell – for they were witness to the last sighting of notorious Victorian bogeyman, Spring Heeled Jack, as he disappeared over the rooftops of Everton town in 1904. Now hear the true story of this menacing figure, finally revealed after a hundred years.
Drop in, no booking required

INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism
Telephone 0151 478 4499
@slaverymuseum

Exhibitions

Broken Lives: slavery in modern India
26 June 2015 – 24 April 2016
Nearly half of the victims of modern slavery globally are in India, most of these are ‘Dalits’. Broken lives: Slavery in modern India provides a glimpse into the experiences of India’s Dalit community. This is the first ever exhibition to look specifically at the modern slavery and human trafficking of Dalits in India. Delivered in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network, this powerful and moving exhibition reveals stories of hardship, survival and hope for broken lives mended.

Continuing the Journey
Open daily

Learn about the struggle of Merseyside's Black community to obtain racial equality and social justice from post war Britain to the 1980s. Participants share recollections of brutal and traumatic experiences which left indelible marks on their community. The project aims to reflect the resilience, strength and power of each individual, and is dedicated to the voices that were heard and those that were not.

Oil boom, Delta burns: photographs by George Osodi
Open daily
Internationally-acclaimed Nigerian photographer George Osodi has spent more than six years documenting the injustices occurring in the Niger Delta, a region rich in natural resources and beauty.

Events

Black History Month: In focus talks
7, 14, 21 & 28 October
3pm

Join a member of our Education Team to find out more about our collections with a different object in focus each week.
Drop in, no booking required

Black History Month: Archives uncovered
9 & 16 October
2pm

Join Lorna Hyland, International Slavery Museum Assistant Curator, as she presents a selection of documents from our archives.
Drop in, no booking required

Rise & Role of the colour bar in British boxing
10 October
11am

Join Gary Shaw for his presentation of 'The Rise & Role of the colour bar in British boxing’. Gary will discuss the colour bar in British boxing, telling the story of how non-white boxers were banned from becoming British boxing champions from 1909-1947.
Drop in, no booking required

Broken Lives: Lost childhoods
17 October
1pm

To mark Anti-Slavery Day (18 Oct), this live interview with an Indian activist will explore many of the issues raised by the award-winning, Oscar nominated short film ‘Kavi’.
Drop in, no booking required

Anti-slavery Day
18 October
1-4pm

Come along to add to our big hands of change collaborative artwork in honour of Anti-slavery Day! Join in our craft workshop by designing and cutting out your own colourful, sparkling hand artwork, along with your dream of what you would like to change, and then add it to our display. This artwork will be displayed in the Anthony Walker Education Centre at the International Slavery Museum to inspire people to change the world with their own two hands!
Drop in, no booking required

Loango Ivories: In focus talk
20 October
2pm

This talk will focus on the late 19th century carved elephant tusks from Loango in Central Africa displayed in the Enslavement and Middle Passage gallery. Zachary Kingdon, curator of African collections at World Museum, will attempt to unwind the historical narrative of who made them, why and for whom.
Drop in, no booking required

Black soldiers at Waterloo
24 October
1pm

Join historian Ray Costello for a unique talk focusing on Black soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo.
Drop in, no booking required

Black History Month: Celebrating sound!
29, 30 & 31 October
Intervals from 1pm

Come along and listen to fantastic musical performances and take part in hands-on demonstrations. See website for more details.
Drop in, no booking required

WORLD MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
William Brown Street, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml
Telephone 0151 478 4136
@world_museum

Exhibition

Mayas: revelation of an endless time
19 June - 18 October 2015
Step back to an ancient time and discover the powerful and revealing world of the Maya. This was a time of warriors, shamanic rituals, human sacrifice, jade treasures, advanced knowledge and veneration of the cosmos. It is the only opportunity to see this breath-taking exhibition in the UK. This exhibition has been produced by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico. It is part of the 2015 ‘Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom’ and ‘Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico’.

Events

Ancestors, Serpents and Bodily Fluids in Classic Maya Ritual
6 October
6pm
Dr Laura Osorio Sunnucks, Project Curator for the Americas at the British Museum, will deliver the fascinating talk ‘Ancestors, Serpents and Bodily Fluids in Classic Maya Ritual’.
Free event, booking essential
Ring Tim Shewan on 0151 478 4170 or email tim.shewan@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

SEIZED! THE BORDER AND CUSTOMS UNCOVERED
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Located within the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/seized
Telephone 0151 478 4499
@merseymaritime

Events

Customs contraband
10, 24 & 26
1-4pm

A smuggler's hoard, here for you to get your hands on!
Drop in, no booking required

Spotlight on Animal trade
14 October
3pm

Spotlight on… are a series of short informal talks given by our education team focussing on a different area of the Seized gallery for each one and will cover drug smuggling, fakes and counterfeits and animal smuggling on three separate dates.
Drop in, no booking required