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mannequins with children's clothes and a teddy bear in circular display around a dress on a larger mannequin

Touring exhibitions

National Museums Liverpool has been touring exhibitions and loans nationally and internationally for more than 10 years.

Storytelling and visitors at our heart

We put the visitor experience and storytelling at the heart of our exhibitions, delivering shows that are inventive and engaging and which provide memorable experiences for all.

Exceptional and diverse collections and expertise

We have over four million artefacts in our world class collections and our curators are experts in multiple disciplines. At National Museums Liverpool we offer shows and loans with wide audience appeal, which can range in subject matter from costume to fine, decorative and modern art, to science and natural and ancient history.

A quality service

With an experienced and dedicated in-house team of curators, conservators, designers and production staff we offer a service that is second to none and work with venues to ensure that our exhibitions and loans can be displayed at their very best.

Please contact Andrew Bullock, Senior Exhibitions Officer, to discuss our current opportunities for exhibitions for hire, loans or partnerships.

Current opportunities

An English lady’s wardrobe

A story of costume, class and one woman’s fascination with shopping.

Available for hire from April 2020

When Emily Tinne passed away in 1966, her family were shocked to find that she had filled the cellars of their family home, Clayton Lodge, with hundreds of items of clothing. For more than 30 years she had been buying costume at a scale that the family had not fully realised and much of the clothing had never been worn.

Featuring more than 70 costumes from the largest collection of one persons’ clothing in any museum in the UK, An English lady’s wardrobe is a snapshot of the changing fashions in England from the Edwardian times until the Second World War.

The exhibition features daywear, evening dresses, outdoor wear, underwear and accessories, including jewellery, shoes and handbags. Exquisite velvet and fashionable machine-made lace feature in a number of outfits, while others demonstrate an Art Deco influence. In addition to Emily Tinne’s clothing, the exhibition features costumes belonging to her children (including an Eton school uniform) as well as outfits worn by the family’s servants.

The show also draws upon personal letters written by members of the Tinne family, providing a fascinating insight into the family’s home life.

The items of clothing within the exhibition have been individually conserved and mounted, so that they are displayed to maximum effect.

Emily began buying this collection of clothing from 1910 and stopped in around 1939. During this period, the First World War and the outbreak of the Second World War had changed the way of life in England forever. The lives of the upper and middle classes would never be the same again and the sumptuous shopping experience of the past 30 years was to become a thing of the past in the great port city of Liverpool. 

Curatorial team

  • Curated by Pauline Rushton, Senior Curator
  • Conservator Anne-Marie Hughes

Terms and contact

Exhibition content and collateral

  • Approximately 150 objects
  • Over 70 mannequins and other bespoke costume mounts
  • Digital audio guide
  • Interpretative text and exhibition graphics (in digital format, to be edited and translated by the host venue)
  • Marketing and press pack (in digital format)


Please contact Andrew Bullock, Senior Exhibitions Officer for details.
Email: andrew.bullock@liverpoomuseums.org.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)151 478 4135

Duration 3-4 months

Dimensions 500 – 600 m2


Two member of National Museums Liverpool staff are required to travel with the exhibition and a further two members of staff are needed to condition check, install and de-install the exhibition.

The host venue is to cover the cost of transport and accommodation for National Museums Liverpool staff per day.

Installation and de-installation of the objects can be completed in one week. The build of the exhibition space will take from four to six weeks.

Each venue is required to also condition check the objects on arrival.


We lend to local, regional and international museums, art galleries, cultural institutions, visitor and heritage centres. We encourage and support new venues and promote audience development.

Loans policy and charges

Recent loans

68 works from our fine art collections were on loan to four exhibition venues in Japan from July 2015 to July 2016.