New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE1 7EA
England

Website

www.leicester.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

E-mail

Enquiries

museums@leicester.gov.uk

Telephone

Reception

0116 225 4900

Fax

General

0116 225 4927

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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
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On the historic New Walk, Leicester's original museum has collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Dinosaurs, Egyptians, Geology, The Den, Wild Space and World Arts.

The art galleries showcase Modern and Old Masters, contemporary art and craft exhibitions and permanent galleries of Arts & Crafts and Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection.

The museum offers a varied events programme, Costa coffee shop with free Wi-Fi access and gift shop including a range of exhibition merchandise and contemporary craft and design. The venue is also available for private hire and licensed for civil marriage and naming ceremonies.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week: Mondays - Saturdays: 10.00am - 5.00pm; Sundays: 11.00am - 5.00pm.

Closed: 24, 25, 26, 31 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.

Admission charges

Admission to the museum is free. Certain events and exhibitions may have a charge.

On the historic New Walk, Leicester's oldest museum has collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Egyptians, Wild Space, World Arts and Leicester’s Fine Art collection.

Changing exhibitions feature works by Modern and Old Masters with Leicester’s German Expressionist collection, one of the most notable outside of Germany.

Collection details

World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Factory girls cheer soldiers of the Leicestershire Regiment on their way along newarke street to the Railway Station

Leicester At War 1914 - 1915

  • 26 July 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now

To commemorate the outbreak of the First World War this exhibition will take original artefacts, art works, photographs, documents, diaries and newspapers to tell the story of life in the early years of the war both on the home front as well as the battle front.

Discover how Leicester first reacted to the outbreak of war then how it mobilized and started its local recruitment campaigns. Find out too what life would have been like for the women and children left behind and those who supported the war effort in local factories.

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association has secured a grant of £80,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run the four-year programme of events in conjunction with Leicester Arts & Museums Service.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admisson

Website

http://www.visitleicester.info/firstworldwar

Four Profiles, 1949

Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection

  • 18 August 2011 — 31 December 2015 *on now

Following on from the highly successful 2007 exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to present Picasso: The Attenborough Collection, a permanent gallery of selected key works from the collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough.

In 1954 Richard and Sheila Attenborough paid their first visit to the Madoura pottery in Vallauris, where Picasso had been working for several years with Georges and Suzanne Ramié. The Attenboroughs started with modest purchases, leading to a collection numbering some 150 pieces.

All of Picasso’s activity with ceramics centred around the Madoura pottery factory in Vallauris, France. Picasso made plates, jugs and tiles but he also designed new forms combining aspects of painting and sculpture in ceramics. The majority of the collection consists of Editions and Original Impressions; multiple works that Picasso insisted the pottery should produce and sell inexpensively, so that everyone could own a ‘Picasso’.

This intimate permanent exhibition shows a changing display of around forty works selected from the unique collection, curated by renowned Picasso expert, Dr Marilyn McCully.

In 2007, Lord and Lady Attenborough announced that their Picasso ceramics collection would be entrusted to the City of Leicester to commemorate the lives of their daughter, Jane Mary, and their granddaughter, Lucy Elizabeth, who perished together in the Asian Tsunami on 26th December 2004.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/picasso

The Dinosaur Gallery

The Dinosaur Gallery: Exploring Lost Worlds

  • 3 September 2011 — 31 December 2015 *on now

The Rutland Dinosaur is back!

The Dinosaur, a Cetiosaurus, is taking centre stage in the new exhibition that will show extinct animals were not ‘prehistoric monsters’ but living and breathing creatures. Discover what life was like millions of years ago and see how the world and the living things on it change constantly over time. Explore lost worlds and find out how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals lived.

Suitable for all ages, the gallery includes new dinosaur interactives, hands-on activities and cutting edge reconstructions of marine reptiles.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/dinosaurs

Come and investigate The Den!

The Den

  • 31 March 2012 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Come and investigate The Den! The Den is a dedicated space for children aged five and under and their families. Explore exciting new ways to experience museum objects and how they open up opportunities for fun and learning around the museum.

Look, listen, touch, move - in The Den there are no right or wrong answers... the only limit is your imagination!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Where

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/theden

Brass firedogs, designed by Ernest Gimson 1904-19

The Arts & Crafts Gallery

  • 19 October 2013 — 31 October 2015 *on now

The Arts & Crafts movement was one of the most important and influential styles of the 20th century. Ernest Gimson, the architect and designer who represents this style in its purest form, was born in Leicester. This gallery celebrates his life and work alongside that of his closest friends and associates. It also shows their continuing legacy through the works of modern makers who are still inspired by his ideas and ideals today.

Suitable for all ages, visitors can explore the harsh realities of living and working in Victorian cities, follow the Arts & Crafts designers in their move to the countryside and understand their principles of good design, good work and good living. The gallery also explores the many ways the Arts & Crafts movement was inspired by nature and take our 'Taste Test' to discover if there really is such a thing as ‘good taste’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/artsandcrafts

Sikh Akali-Nihang turban (dastaar boonga), blue cloth (21st century) with steel blades and quoits, Punjab, India, 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum

A Spotlight tour from the British Museum: Sikh Fortress Turban

  • 24 May — 17 August 2014 *on now

Unravel the stories of the Sikh turban and discover how and why turbans are important to Sikh faith and identity.

This exhibition features a turban known as a Dastaar Boonga or fortress turban, worn by a group of skilled warrior Sikhs called Akali Nihangs. It was used to protect the head in battle and to hold their weapons including daggers, swords and metal throwing discs. This fascinating Sikh fortress turban is on loan from the British Museum.

A Spotlight tour from the British Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.visitleicester.info/sikhfortressturban

Eye for Colour

Eye for Colour

  • 24 May — 31 August 2014 *on now

Add some colour to your life with this inspiring exhibition. 'Eye for Colour’ is a visual feast that will alert the senses and stimulate the mind. Packed with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, it explores the endless ways in which colour shapes our world.

Eye-catching exhibits will also reveal how different cultures have used colour to communicate messages. In fact if you’ve ever wondered why you sometimes feel blue or in the pink then you’ll find the answer in 'Eye for Colour'!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free admission

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of field communications during ww1

World War One: Up periscope!

  • 30 July 2014 11am-4pm

Spy out the lay of the land with your handmade periscope in our World War One event. This workshop will take place at 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 per person.

photograph of poppy field

World War One: Armistice Flag Making

  • 1 August 2014 11am-4pm

Come to the museum and create your own replica World War One armistice flag. This workshop will run at 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 per person.

French and British troops detonating Mills hand grenades on the Balkan Front.

Leicester at War: Life on the Front Line

  • 5 August 2014 10:30am-3pm
  • 7 August 2014 10:30am-3pm
  • 12 August 2014 10:30am-3pm
  • 14 August 2014 10:30am-3pm
  • 19 August 2014 10:30am-3pm
  • 21 August 2014 10:30am-3pm
  • 26 August 2014 10:30am-3pm
  • 28 August 2014 10:30am-3pm

World War 1 drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday throughout August. A World War 1 representative will be in the Leicester at War exhibition to talk with visitors about replica artefacts and the Great War.

Sessions run 10:30 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 15:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Blimp

World War One: Airships

  • 7 September 2014 11am-4pm

Become the scourge of the skies by creating your own breath-taking blimp, dumbfounding dirigible or zingy zeppelin. This workshop will run at 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 per person.

Women and children in Cologne waiting to get milk which is allowed only for children under three years of age and for the sick. 17 March 1919.

World War One: Family History Surgery

  • 23 September 2014 1:30-3:30pm

If you are looking for advice on how to start research into your World War One ancestors come along and speak to one of our guides.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
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