Past Exhibitions

Take a look at some of our past exhibitions below.


A World A Particle Exhibition

A World A Particle

Tate Hall Museum

8 February 2014 – May 2018

'A World A Particle’ charted the contribution of the University of Liverpool to the field of Particle Physics – Past, Present and Future, from the 1890s through to the University’s current involvement in the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

A World A Particle Exhibition Details

Before Egypt Exhibition

Before Egypt

Galleries 1 & 2 

11 May - 26 October 2019

A major exhibition that featured the internationally important collections of Predynastic Egyptian and Nubian artefacts from the University of Liverpool’s Garstang Museum of Archaeology, supplemented by loans of key objects from UK museums.

Before Egypt Exhibition Details

Eleanor Rathbone Exhibition

Eleanor Rathbone – An Independent Woman

Gallery 5

6 October 2018 - 11 May 2019

This exhibition celebrated Eleanor Rathbone and her remarkable achievements.  The exhibition formed part of the VGM@10 celebrations and also marked the centenary of the first women’s suffrage.

Eleanor Rathbone Exhibition details

She's Eclectic

Galleries 6 & 7

15 December 2018 - 11 May 2019

This exhibition showcased the diversity of women artists represented in the VG&M’s permanent collection. 

She's Eclectic Exhibition Details

Benefactresses – Women of the Holt Family Exhibition

Benefactresses – Women of the Holt Family

Gallery 4

24 November 2018 – April 2019

This exhibition turned a spotlight on Eva Melly, Emma Holt and Jane Brandreth Holt, who were patrons of the University in its early years

Benefactresses Exhibition Details

Dystopolis Exhibition

Jasmir Creed - Dystopolis

Gallery 2

17 November 2018 – 20 April 2019

Through expressive mark-making and collaged imagery, Jasmir's exhibition evoked a sense of the alienation and disorientation experienced in the modern city. 

Dystopolis Exhibition Details

John Garstang and the Discovery of the Hittite World Exhibition

John Garstang and the Discovery of the Hittite World

An exhibition that showcased the archaeological discoveries of the Hittite Empire more than 100 years ago by the Liverpool archaeologist, Professor John Garstang.

John Garstang Exhibition Details

Triangulation Exhibition


Gallery 7

18 July - 24 August 2019

A selection of panoramic  photographs from McCoy Wynne’s ongoing project to record the British landscape from Ordnance Survey’s 310 primary triangulation points.

Triangulation Exhibition Details


The Allotments Exhibition

The Allotments

Gallery 7

29 August to 28 September

Photographer David Lockwood and writer Pauline Rowe reflect on insights and stories from the community of Dingle Vale allotments in Aigburth.

The Allotments Exhibition Details

Shanghai Sacred Exhibition

Shanghai Sacred - Liz Hingley with Chen Hangfeng

Gallery 6 

7 June - 28 September 2019

Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of China’s largest city. Her photographs are displayed on a bamboo structure designed by Chen Hangfeng.

Shanghai Sacred Exhibition Details


Ian Irvine Exhibition

Something Borrowed, Something New. Ian Irvine vs the VG&M

Gallery 5

25 May – November 2019

Contemporary prints and collage inspired by the VG&M Collections.

Exhibition Details

Secret Art of Survival Exhibition

Secret Art of Survival- Creativity and Ingenuity of British Far East prisoners of War 1942-1945

Galleries 6 & 7
25 October 2019 - 20 June 2020

The culmination of seven years’ research, this exhibition features over 100 artworks, many never before seen in public. Created secretly and kept hidden at great risk, Far East prisoners of war from their captors.

Secret Art of Survival Exhibition Information

From Near and Far Exhibition

From Near and Far

Tate Hall Museum

20 January 2019 – February 2020

A display of pottery and porcelain from the VG&M collection

From Near and Far Exhibiton Information 


The Errant Muse Exhibition

The Errant Muse

Galleries 1 & 2

16 November 2019 – 28 March 2020

An innovative exhibition mixing historic objects with new work by long-time collaborators artist Charlotte Hodes and poet Deryn Rees-Jones. In a set of three interlinked spaces, the exhibition interprets the lives and works of women writers and their ‘errant’ voices across three centuries.

The Errant Muse Exhibition Information


The Eruption of the Soufriere Mountains in the Island of St. Vincent - William Turner

Nature v Humans

Gallery 6

This exhibition features artworks illustrating the ever-present tensions between the natural world and the human race.

Nature v Humans Exhibition Information


Here or Roundabout Exhibition

Here or Roundabout: Local scenes by Allan P. Tankard

Gallery 4

This exhibition of watercolour paintings by Allan Tankard show locations around the University of Liverpool campus in the post-war years. Many feature our Victoria Building or are views from it.

Here or Roundabout Exhibition Information


Piece from the Granby Workshop

Granby Workshop Installation

Gallery 7

open - until Sat 25 September 2021

This display features products from the Granby Workshop which is an innovative ceramics studio based in the L8 area of Liverpool.

Granby Workshop Installation Information