Victoria Gallery & Museum

Victoria Gallery & Museum
Ashton Street
off Brownlow Hill
University of Liverpool
Liverpool
L69 3DR
Merseyside
England

Website

www.vgm.liv.ac.uk

E-mail

vgm@liv.ac.uk

Telephone

Reception

0151 794 2348

Fax

0151 794 4787

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The landmark `redbrick' Victoria Building opened its doors to the public as the Victoria Gallery & Museum in 2008 following an £8.6 million restoration.

The Victoria Gallery & Museum is home to the University’s unique art and museum collections donated to and created by the University throughout its history. Paintings by JMW Turner, sculpture by Jacob Epstein and a fascinating array of Victorian bottled creatures are just some of the highlights of this wonderful collection.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Gallery and Museum: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Cafe: Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm Saturday 11am - 2pm

Closed Bank holidays

Admission charges

Free entry to all galleries and exhibitions

Getting there

By road:
From the end of the M62 continue ahead onto Edge Lane (A5080 & A5047) and follow signs for Liverpool City Centre and the University.
From the Birkenhead or Wallasey tunnels follow signs for the M62 and then follow signs for the University.

By rail:
The nearest mainline station is Liverpool Lime Street. The nearest local station is Liverpool Central. Both are about 10 minutes walk away.

By bus:
For comprehensive local travel information call Traveline on 08712002233 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

Visitors can see selections the University’s unique art and museum collections donated to and created by the University throughout its history.

The first floor houses the University’s art collection comprising items of fine art, sculpture, furniture and ceramics including works by JMW Turner, Joseph Wright of Derby, Jacob Epstein, Lucien Freud, Elizabeth Frink and the American wildlife artist, James John Audubon.

The Tate Hall – the University’s original library - is now home to the University’s museum displays which capture the innovation and excitement of academic discovery, and reflect the research and teaching history of the University of Liverpool.

The collection includes objects relating to innovation and research in areas such as anaesthesia, dentistry, zoology, engineering and oceanography.

Exhibits include sea creatures and animal skeletons from an early 20th century zoology museum, a display of calculators from the 19th century to present day and an early 20th century dental surgery!

Collection details

Science and Technology, Medicine, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles

Key artists and exhibits

  • Stuart Sutcliffe Retrospective
  • Joseph Wright of Derby
  • JMW Turner
  • John James Audubon
  • Jacob Epstein
  • Lucien Freud
  • Elizabeth Frink
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.
Child displaying finished tile

Tile-tastic Workshop for Key Stage 2 Pupils

http://www.liv.ac.uk/vgm/learning/workshops.htm

Using the Victoria Building's amazing tiles this session looks at the history of tiles, patterns, shape and symmetry. Students will also decorate their own tile.

Subjects: Art & Design, History, Maths

How to obtain

*£60.00 per class
*Up to 32 children
*1 1/2 hours
*National Curriculum links
*Available from Tuesday-Friday during term time
*Must be booked in advance

To book or for more information contact Kirsty Hall, Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

students examining the adaptations of a mandarin duck

Animal Adaptations Workshop for Key Stage 2 Pupils

http://www.liv.ac.uk/vgm/learning/workshops.htm

Investigate how adaptations help animals survive in this interactive workshop, which includes handling real animals specimens and skulls.

Subject: Science, English

How to obtain

*£60.00 per class
*Up to 32 children
*1 1/2 hours
*National Curriculum links
*Available from Tuesday-Friday during term time
*Must be booked in advance

To book or for more information contact Kirsty Hall, Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

student observing taxidermy tawny owl

Behind the Scenes at the Museum for Year 5 and 6 Pupils

Scorpians, spiders and skulls! Students will handle objects from the museum collecion and use different writing styles to create tags and text labels.

Subjects: English, History, Science

How to obtain

*£60.00 per class
*Up to 32 children
*1 1/2 hours
*National Curriculum links
*Available from Tuesday-Friday during term time
*Must be booked in advance

To book or for more information contact Kirsty Hall, Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

Creature Features Workshop for Early Years and Key Stage 1

http://www.liv.ac.uk/vgm/learning/workshops.htm

'The session was fantastic and the children really enjoyed it' (Year One Teacher)

Find out about simple animal classification using our varied collection of animals in this hands-on workshop.

Subject: Science

How to obtain

*Costs £60.00 per class
*Up to 32 children
*Lasts 1 1/2 hours
*National Curriculum Links
*Available Tuesday - Friday during term time

To book or for more information contact the Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

FREE Audubon Teachers' Resource Pack

http://www.liv.ac.uk/vgm/learning/schools.htm

This resource is designed to support teachers planning a visit to the exhibition by providing background information on Audubon along with ideas for practical activities and research projects for both the classroom and in the gallery. The pack has been written for pupils at Key Stage 2 but can easily be adapted for other levels. It may be downloaded and photocopied for educational purposes.

Subjects: Art, English, Science

Most suitable for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils

Creator

  • This pack was designed by the VG&M's Education Officer

How to obtain

Download or contact the Education Officer
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

Students take a tour of the sculpture gallery

FREE Familiarisation Tours of the VG&M for schools

A chance to explore the Victoria Gallery and Museum. Discover more about the history and design of the Victoria Building and the wonderful collections it now contains. Tours can be adapted to meet specific areas of interest.

Suitable for all Key Stages

How to obtain

To book or for more information about our FREE Familiarisation Tours contact Kirsty Hall, Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 794 2348

FREE self-guided resource: Maths Backpack

"Measuring is really fun and so is estimating" (Year 5 pupil)

Maths Backbacks make innovative use of the fabric of the Victorian Building. Backpack themes are: 'Shape & Symmetry', 'Measuring' and 'Time'. Each backback takes between 30-45 minutes to complete.

Subject: Maths

Creator

  • This pack was created by the VG&M's Education Officer

How to obtain

Contact Education Officer to book.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942348

FREE self-guided resources: I-Spy Trails

FREE Self-guided resources are a fantastic way for you an your class to explore the VG&M at your own pace.

I-Spy trails support exploration of the building and displays. Choose from 'Patterns' and 'Animals'.

Suitable for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils

Creator

  • This pack was created by the VG&M's Education Officer.

How to obtain

Contact the Education Officer
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

FREE Self-Guided Resources: Story Sacks for Early Years and Key Stage 1

FREE self-guided resources are a fantastic way for you and your class to explore the VG&M at your own pace.

Our two interactive stories encourage children to engage with the art collections. ‘3 Friends’ focuses on the ceramics collection and ‘Vicky’s Art Adventure’ is based on Audubon’s animal paintings.

Subjects: Art, English

Creator

  • This pack was created by our Education Officer

How to obtain

Story Sacks are FREE however please contact our Education Officer, Kirsty Hall, prior to your visit to check availability.

Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

Dig tray activity

New for September 2011... Secrets in the Soil

http://www.liv.ac.uk/vgm/learning/schools.htm

Travel back in time 100 years and join Professor Garstang’s archaeological dig. Become a time detective and uncover hidden artefacts, sort and record finds, write object labels and create an ancient clay letter.

Subjects: Art, English, History, Science

Creator

  • Education Officer, Kirsty Hall

How to obtain

*£60.00 per class
*Up to 32 children
*1 1/2 hours
*National Curriculum links
*Available from Tuesday-Friday during term time
*Must be booked in advance

To book or for more information contact Kirsty Hall, Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

1800 pair of dentures

Open Wide Workshop for Key Stage 2 Pupils

http://www.liv.ac.uk/vgm/learning/workshops.htm

What do we use our different teeth for? How do animal teeth differ? What were dentists like in the past? Find out through object handling, role-play and a visit to our dentist surgery!

Subjects: History, Science

How to obtain

*£60.00 per class
*Up to 32 children
*1 1/2 hours
*National Curriculum links
*Available from Tuesday-Friday during term time
*Must be booked in advance

To book or for more information contact Kirsty Hall, Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

Student decorating a tile

Tiles, Trends and Terracotta Workshop for Key Stage 3 Pupils

http://www.liv.ac.uk/vgm/learning/workshops.htm

Explore the Victoria Building's many design features, including its vast array of tiles. Discover the different architectural styles through exploration, discussion and observational drawing and then design and make a tile.

How to obtain

*£60.00 per class
*For up to 32 children
*1 1/2 hours
*National Curriculum links
*Available from Tuesday-Friday during term time
*Must be booked in advance

To book or for more information contact Kirsty Hall, Education Officer.
Email: Kirsty.Hall@liv.ac.uk
Tel: 0151 7942 348

Getting there

By road:
From the end of the M62 continue ahead onto Edge Lane (A5080 & A5047) and follow signs for Liverpool City Centre and the University.
From the Birkenhead or Wallasey tunnels follow signs for the M62 and then follow signs for the University.

By rail:
The nearest mainline station is Liverpool Lime Street. The nearest local station is Liverpool Central. Both are about 10 minutes walk away.

By bus:
For comprehensive local travel information call Traveline on 08712002233 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

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