"university of liverpool" blog posts

The Leaning Tower of Liverpool

Posted on: 15 November 2022 | Category: 2022

Our iconic clock tower is part of the university’s flagship building and helps our visitors to locate us. We can be heard across campus every 15 minutes as our bells chime and mark the passing of time and in this blog we find out more about the clock, tower and bells on the 130th anniversary of the Jubilee Clock Tower’s opening ceremony.


ConGRADulations–Graduations at The University of Liverpool

Posted on: 18 July 2022 | Category: 2022

VG&M Graduation Artwork by Michael White

It’s July which can mean only one thing – Graduation! In this blog we take a closer look at some of the Graduation ceremonies over the past 130 years.


Jubilee Jubilations

Posted on: 3 June 2022 | Category: 2022

Jubilee Artwork by Michael White

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.


The Wartime Watch

Posted on: 18 March 2022 | Category: 2022

Illustration by Michael White showing parachute Bomb and the Victoria Building, 2022

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.


The Students and the Sphinx

Posted on: 21 January 2022 | Category: 2022

The Sphinx Magazine 1926 and an illustration of a student outside the Victoria Building, University of Liverpool Special Collections & Archives.

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.


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 …


Metropolitan Cathedral Precinct, 1952 by Allan P. Tankard (1897 – 1964)

Posted on: 15 May 2020 | Category: 2020

A view looking west from the Victoria building roof

Amanda Draper, Curator of Art & Exhibitions writes... We’ve been surprised by the popularity of a small display of local watercolours in our tiny Gallery 4. All the paintings are by Allan P. Tankard and show the University of Liverpool campus in the post-war years. This evocative glimpse into the relatively recent past of our neighbourhood has really resonated with visitors. From the exhibition I’ve chosen to show you this vista of a big empty space where the Metropolitan Cathedral now stands.