To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, this blog looks at the various jubilee celebrations held at the university over the past 130 years.
Posted on: 3 June 2022
A Snippet of India
Pictured above is one of a series of thirty photographs depicting Indian landscapes and buildings within the collection at the VG&M. This collection, previously unresearched, demonstrates a snapshot into Indian architecture and landscapes in the late Victorian period.
Posted on: 3 May 2022
Richard Ansdell: Painter of Fur, Feathers and Woolliness
Liverpool-born artist Richard Ansdell rose to the top of his profession on the strength of his ability to paint animals, but one creature was his absolute favourite: sheep.
Posted on: 15 April 2022
The Wartime Watch
Our clock tower played an important role during World War Two and this blog takes a closer look at what happened 81 years ago, in March 1941.
Posted on: 18 March 2022
“Unclouded Skies of Brilliant Azure”: The work of Caroline Emily Gray Hill
Pictured above is the artwork that captured my imagination and led me to write this article and find out the story of the artist. It’s subtle and economic brush marks placed against the vivid colours and simple composition produces a wonderful effect. The capturing of a moment, without over or underworking the image is what I find inherently enthralling. Being a Victorian woman, her story is also a fascinating look into women’s rights of the era.
Posted on: 8 March 2022
Linda Stein: Gender and Sexuality in Art
To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in February, this blog recognises the work of the American artist Linda Stein, and the influences upon her art having grown up during the time of LGBTQ+ struggles.
Posted on: 25 February 2022
A Victorian Valentine – Balconies and Beau’s
It’s the month of February and love is all around! If you look at our tiles, the majority are still in pristine condition after almost 130 years but there’s one particular section of the building where some worn tiles can tell us a Victorian love story.
Posted on: 14 February 2022
The Students and the Sphinx
In our previous VG&M building history blogs, we have looked at the construction and opening of the Victoria Building so now we delve into the Sphinx Magazine to find out what the students really thought of their brand-new building.
Posted on: 21 January 2022
Hannah Barlow: Decorating with Animals
One of the most magnificent artworks in our collection is a large vase decorated with a frieze of lions all the way round it. They were drawn freehand by a remarkable artist who overcame physical and financial adversity to rise to the top of her profession: Hannah Barlow.
Posted on: 24 December 2021
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