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One of the Chinese rooms, before refurbishment. One of the Chinese rooms, after refurbishment. The Napoleon room, before refurbishment. The Napoleon room, after refurbishment. One of the Wedgwood rooms, before refurbishment. One of the Wedgwood rooms, after refurbishment.

More than 500sqm of space within the Gallery has been refurbished and more than 1,500 of the Lady Lever’s most important objects have been redisplayed.

These include; the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world, one of the best collections of Chinese porcelain in Europe, outstanding 18th century paintings and furniture, and some of the most significant 19th century sculpture in a British collection. 

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Refurbished spaces

The 500sqm of refurbished space includes:

  • 18th century room - including some of the most outstanding examples of English 18th century furniture in the country. The display in this room explores female portraiture and the lifestyles of women during this period.
  • Wedgwood rooms - includes two interlinked rooms displaying the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world. The new displays highlight incredibly rare objects, such as two copies of the celebrated Portland Vase.
  • Napoleon room - a dazzling display of furniture and artefacts related to Napoleon has been given new life and visitors will be able to get much closer to the objects.
  • Chinese rooms - two interlinked rooms that demonstrate the importance and influence of Chinese ceramics on European art and taste. This rich collection includes 17th - 18th century porcelain, reverse paintings on glass, cloisonné and jade objects.
  • Chinoiserie room – a new room exploring the ways in which European artists re-interpreted oriental designs and decoration in objects made in the West. Much of the Gallery’s Chinoiserie furniture is displayed together here for the first time.
  • The sculpture gallery - refurbishment of the beautiful south dome has created a dramatic backdrop for fine examples of Victorian and early 20th century sculpture. At the centre of the gallery is Desiré Maurice Ferrary's breath-taking Salammbo.

For families

Younger visitors can take inspiration from Lever and build their own gallery using magnetic building blocks, or play with a Wedgwood-inspired tea set. Families can also collect a new trail which encourages them to explore some of the Gallery’s treasures. There is also a new sketch book trail which families can use to find inspiration for drawing as they explore galleries.

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