Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museums

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday 10-5pm

Admission charges

Free

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.
Waterloo

Waterloo Lives

  • 6 June — 25 October 2015 *on now

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside The Williamson's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Peter Philip Retrospective Exhibition

  • 27 June — 30 August 2015 *on now

Born in Liverpool, Peter Philip began his working life as a Lithographic Artist, while studying part time at Liverpool College of Art, eventually returning, full-time to formal art studies, graduating with an honours degree in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University. He now regularly exhibits his work around the North West of England.

Website

http://www.williamsonartgallery.org

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Peter Philip Retrospective Exhibition

  • 27 June — 30 August 2015 *on now

Born in Liverpool, Peter Philip began his working life as a Lithographic Artist, while studying part time at Liverpool College of Art, eventually returning, full-time to formal art studies, graduating with an honours degree in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University. He now regularly exhibits his work around the North West of England.

He is a representational painter working mainly in oils depicting subjects that are part of everyday life. Inspired by traditional classical paintings he paints contemporary subjects firmly establishing his compositions in the present day. An adept draughtsman preliminary studies forming an important element in the execution of his paintings, he also makes bold and articulate finished drawings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.williamsonartgallery.org

Thomas Burke exhibition

  • 15 July — 27 September 2015 *on now

Thomas Burke was born in 1906 in Liverpool. During the 1920s and 30s he studied art at Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Whilst imprisoned in WW2, he produced many drawings and watercolours. These included images of camp life, portraits and set designs for theatrical productions.

Website

http://www.williamsonartgallery.org

Thomas Burke

Thomas Burke exhibition

  • 15 July — 27 September 2015 *on now

Thomas Burke was born in 1906 in Liverpool. During the 1920s and 30s he studied art at Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.

In 1941 he joined the Merchant Navy as 3rd Radio Officer on the ship the Dalesman. In May that year, the Dalesman was bombed and sunk by enemy aircraft off the coast of Crete. Burke, along with other Merchant Navy personnel, was transferred to Milag (Marine Internierten Lager, or Marine Internment Camp) at Westertimke, north west Germany. Whilst imprisoned, he produced many drawings and watercolours. These included images of camp life, portraits and set designs for theatrical productions.

In 1945, Burke was repatriated to Britain. He died the same year, probably of blackwater fever which he had contracted in the camps.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.williamsonartgallery.org

Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museums
Slatey Road
Birkenhead, Wirral
Merseyside
CH43 4UE
England

Website

www.williamsonartgallery.org

E-mail

arts@williamsonartgallery.org

Telephone

0151 652 4177

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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