Get Out Of The Office At Lunchtime And Visit A Liverpool Museum

| 19 February 2007

February 23 is 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' organised by the TUC. It's all about getting Britain's army of office workers away from computer screens and out into fresh air. 24 Hour Museum is pleased to present a lunchtime trail around the city.

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February 23 is 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' organised by the TUC. It's all about getting Britain's army of office workers away from computer screens and out into fresh air. To give you somewhere cultural to eat your sandwiches, 24 Hour Museum is pleased to present a lunchtime trail around the city.

Click on the highlighted museum links in the text, or there is more museum information at the bottom of the page.

The great city of Liverpool boasts a proud cultural inheritance that spans from maritime heritage through Victorian civic pride to the city of contemporary art that we see today. This means the lunchtime museum visitor has a wealth of options for cultural half hour or so away from the office.

Before you get out into the fresh air, just to remind your colleagues where you are off to, and why you are going, why not use this desk reminder, specially designed by the Work Your Proper Hours Team at the TUC?

Download the sign, print it out, fold it in half and plonk it on your desk one way round whilst you're away at lunch. Simply switch it round at the end of the day to show you're off on time.

The Walker Art Gallery on William Brown Street is within easy striding distance for many workers in Liverpool. One of the best known and loved galleries in the UK, it was built in the 1870s and houses an internationally important collection of paintings, artefacts and sculpture from the 14th century to the contemporary.

Just next door to the Walker is World Museum Liverpool, the largest and oldest of the National Museums in the city. Full of natural history, the museum has now doubled in size since its reopening in 2005 with new, exciting exhibits and attractions. It’s free to get in and includes a planetarium – how about journeying across the cosmos on your lunch break?

Tate Liverpool. Picture © Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock is home to Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum © Tate Liverpool.

If you can get down to Strand Street and the Albert Dock, there are two museums worth a visit at any time, but both are suitable places to get a lunchtime screen break.

As you approach the Albert Dock the first museum you will encounter is the excellent Merseyside Maritime Museum. Since it opened in 1980, it has told the story of one of the world's greatest ports and the people who used it.

Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London. Housed in a beautifully converted warehouse, its collections and exhibitions show modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day including photography, video and installation as well as painting and sculpture.

Back into the centre of town and on Wood Street you will find FACT (The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). Liverpool’s centre dedicated to inspiring and promoting creativity through film, video and new and emerging media forms, FACT combines state-of-the-art cinemas, galleries and flexible exhibition spaces. There’s always something interesting going on here so it’s worthy of a lunch time mosey.

shows an exterior shot of FACT - a modern corner building with a curved tile and glass frontage.

FACT is just one of the attractions on Liverpool's Wood Street. © Richard Moss/24 Hour Museum.

While you're exploring the vibrant Wood Street, you might be tempted to check out Open Eye, a gallery which specialises in exhibiting photography and other lens based media, and CUBE (Centre for the Built Environment) which resides in the Tea Factory building.

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