Benefactresses – Women of the Holt Family
Location: Gallery 4, first floor
The role of women in the University of Liverpool’s history is often overlooked.
This exhibition turns a spotlight on Eva Melly, Emma Holt and Jane Brandreth Holt, who were patrons of the University in its early years. The three women were cousins. They were part of the Liverpool-based Holt family whose wealth stemmed from their merchant and shipping businesses. The trio used their privileged position to support study at the University, especially for women.
The exhibition features rarely seen portraits of the women from the VG&M collection.