Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Slatey Road
Birkenhead, Wirral
L43 4UE






0151 652 4177

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Located outside the centre of Birkenhead, the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum was purpose-built and was opened in December 1928.

The building is named after John and Patrick Williamson, father and son, who each bequeathed a substantial sum of money to Birkenhead Borough Council.

The Williamson has built a strong regional reputation for the quality and variety of its exhibitions and houses the vast majority of Birkenhead's collection of art and history collections, some of which are displayed in a series of varied and well proportioned galleries.

Always on show is the largest single display of ship models in the area, focusing on Cammell Laird shipbuilders and their contribution to marine history, the Mersey Ferries and the variety of vessels that used the River Mersey when it was at its busiest.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays.

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Weapons and War, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport, Maritime

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Andy Gott - Behind the Mask

  • 24 January — 22 March 2015 *on now

Photographer Andy Gotts’s fabulous “Behind the Mask” show for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts comes to The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in a blockbuster exhibition to launch the new year’s exhibition programme and will be on show to the public from the 24th of January until the 22nd of March 2015.
The touring exhibition is the biggest collection of BAFTA-winning actor portraiture ever assembled with portraits of over one hundred international stars of the big and small screen. The images in “Behind The Mask” represent the who’s who of actors who have won or been nominated for a BAFTA since 1954.

The exhibition is a collaboration between BAFTA Archive & Heritage and the renowned celebrity photographer, Dr Andy Gotts MBE, who crossed the globe to photograph subjects including many British celebrities including Wirral’s very own Daniel Craig and Glenda Jackson, as well as American stars Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Sidney Poitier and the late Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams.



Rachael Howard: Red Work

  • 4 February — 22 March 2015 *on now

Rachael has been a successful practising textile artist and designer since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1992, as one of the first post graduate students of Embroidery.
Since then, she has become one of its most respected practitioners. Her graphic, lively sketches of ordinary life and objects typify her powers of observation and knack for catching the moment. She has pioneered a lively mix of embroidery and screen-printing techniques, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.

Born and brought up in Wirral, Rachael returned here after 15 years in London; she will be known to many of us through teaching at the Summer Art workshops and previously being a guest artist at the Oxton Art Fair.

Red Work: Rachael Howard is a Waterside Arts Centre touring exhibition.



Through their eyes

  • 5 February — 22 March 2015 *on now

The photographs of Glyn Akroyd, Ian Chantler, George Evans, Ole Hansen, Barry Quatermass, Barbara Singleton and Mike Waring give a flavour of the wide spectrum of arts activities at the annual Wirral Festival of Firsts since its inception in 2011.

Five of the exhibitors are members of Hoylake Photographic Society which has supported the Festival from the beginning.

There will be a launch reception at the Williamson on Thursday 5th February 2015 from 5-7pm to which Friends of the Williamson are invited.