All posts from 2021

On this day in 1815 - The Battle of Waterloo changed the course of European History.

Posted on: 18 June 2021 | Category: 2021

The Eagle Standard of Napoleon’s 105th Regiment being unpacked at the Victoria Gallery & Museum

This picture represents one of the most exciting moments I have ever experienced as a museum curator. In 2015, as part of the National Army Museum’s partnership project in commemoration of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, we exhibited a selection of artefacts from their Waterloo Collections. I had successfully negotiated the loan of one of only two Napoleonic Eagle Standards captured by the British at that battle (and I confess to having been shamelessly pleased with myself).

The Tale of the Nightmare Boss

Posted on: 27 May 2021 | Category: 2021

The Vicar and Moses glazed pottery figure group c.1790 by Ralph Wood

Ever had a boss who makes you do all the work while they sit back and do nothing? It’s not a modern phenomenon. Meet Moses, the beleaguered underling of this lazy and drunken Vicar, humorously immortalised in 18th century pottery and prints.

This is Kylie: Our Vintage Koala

Posted on: 14 May 2021 | Category: 2021

Kylie the taxidermy koala on display in the VGM.  Named in 2006, by a member of the VGM team.

As one of the world’s most recognisable and universally loved animals, you might be surprised to discover just how recently koalas were discovered by western science.

Adrian Scott Stokes – Traveller Towards Light

Posted on: 22 April 2021 | Category: 2021

Early Spring in the Austrian Tyrol and portrait of Adrian Scott Stokes

The sharp sunlight of spring brings a fresh clarity to nature and one painting in our collection demonstrates this beautifully: ‘Early Spring in the Austrian Tyrol’ by Adrian Scott Stokes. Let’s discover more about this much-travelled landscape artist from Merseyside.

Manifesto: The second-best Grand National horse ever!

Posted on: 9 April 2021 | Category: 2021

Manifesto on display in the VG&M Tate Hall Museum, 2008

The 2.5 mile Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree is named in his honour, but it’s likely you don’t know anything else about him. He’s probably the ‘Buzz Aldrin’ of the racehorse world – everyone only remembers the first man on the moon and they only remember the horse with the very best record at the Grand National. But - Manifesto deserves to be remembered as being in the same league as Red Rum.

Mitzi Cunliffe - Behind the Mask

Posted on: 25 March 2021 | Category: 2021

Mitzi Cunliffe, designer of the BAFTA trophy (©Estate of the Artist) and the sculpture Loosestrife

Every year some of the most famous faces on the planet are photographed hugging a stylised golden mask. It is a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) trophy. Let’s go behind the mask to discover its brilliant designer, Mitzi Cunliffe, who also created the spikiest artwork in our collection …

Having cake, but not eating it

Posted on: 10 March 2021 | Category: 2021

A royal relic - the cake that nobody ate

Tucked inside an ornate sewing box, carefully wrapped in tissue, is one of the oddest and most enigmatic items in our collection. It is a royal relic and the legacy of someone who had their cake, but didn’t eat it.

Sophie's Sheroes

Posted on: 19 February 2021 | Category: 2021

Sophie Green's Sheroe artwork including Marsha P Johnson, Kate Bornstein and Laverne Cox

February is LGBT history month and this year the VG&M asked me if I’d look back on my own little history project from 2017.

Stranger Loves: a Brief History of LGBTQ+ Science Fiction

Posted on: 11 February 2021 | Category: 2021

Front covers of Fledgling (2005), A Song for a New Day (2020) and Exquisite Corpse (1996).

To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month we have invited Dr Phoenix Alexander, the University’s Science Fiction Collections Librarian, to outline the history of LGBTQ+ themes in the genre. The University of Liverpool Library's Special Collections and Archives houses the largest catalogued collection of science fiction in Europe, encompassing over 35,000 books and 2, 500 periodicals, as well as the archives of some of the major science fiction writers of the twentieth century. Join us on a tour through the LGBTQIA+ history of science fiction, showcasing just a handful of items from the stacks.

John James Audubon (1785-1851)

Posted on: 29 January 2021 | Category: 2021

Audubon Gallery in the VG&M

The 27th January 2021 will mark the 170th anniversary of the death of the American naturalist and artist John James Audubon, the author/creator of what is now one of the most valuable printed books in the world. Only 120 complete copies are known to have survived, but one of them is on display at Liverpool Central Library. Here at the Victoria Gallery & Museum we are fortunate to be the custodians of the largest group of original artworks by Audubon outside North America. So how did these rare artworks end up in the collection of the University of Liverpool?

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    On this day in 1815 - The Battle of Waterloo changed the course of European History.

    The Eagle Standard of Napoleon’s 105th Regiment being unpacked at the Victoria Gallery & Museum

    Posted on: 18 June 2021 | Category: 2021

    This picture represents one of the most exciting moments I have ever experienced as a museum curator. In 2015, as part of the National Army Museum’s partnership project in commemoration of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, we exhibited a selection of artefacts from their Waterloo Collections. I had successfully negotiated the loan of one of only two Napoleonic Eagle Standards captured by the British at that battle (and I confess to having been shamelessly pleased with myself).

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