Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Around the World in 80 Days

Off the Ground theatre company will be bringing their summer production to the Birkenhead Priory for a unique evening of outdoor theatre.
On Friday the 28th of July,  Off the Ground Theatre presents 

Around the World in 80 Days

Trains, boats and steamer ships; elephants, Indian princesses and a suspicious detective – it’s the original global adventure!

Phileas Fogg thinks he can travel the world in just 80 days. The fellows at the Reform Club in London disagree. On the very day that a £20,000 wager is made between the men, Fogg sets sail. Taking only his new servant for company, the pair race against the calendar, from the West to the East, taking on the world in the most literal sense. On their journey they interrupt a sacrifice, are arrested, stampeded by bison, victims of a falling bridge, attacked by Sioux Indians, and accused of being bank robbers, all before they reach Japan!

Romance and adventure a plenty, join Off the Ground this coming summer to experience a whirlwind escapade, crossing every continent!

80 days


£12.50 and £8.00 conc £5 for under 21
available through www.offtheground.co.uk

Schools abseil St Mary's Tower

On Friday the 7th of July, 15 Wirral Schools have nominated a teacher and pupil of their choice to abseil down St Mary's Tower at Birkenhead Priory. Throughout the day between 10am and 3pm, Wirral schools will be invited to cheer on their brave teachers and pupils as they scale the 101 steps to the top of St Mary's Tower and then complete the 25m drop to the ground for charity.

The Liverpool team from Awesome Walls will be leading the abseil event at the Priory. Each school is invited to fundraise for a charity of their choice and donate £100 to The Birkenhead Priory.

For more information contact Kathy Heywood 
Wirral Museums Learning Manager 
0151 666 3537

Williamson Talk

Saturday the 27th of May at 11.00am
Speaker:Dr Hana Leaper Paul Mellon Centre Fellow
Williamson Talks HL 2017
Williamson Talks HL 2017
New access to rooms of their own had a profound impact on how female artists lived, studied and networked in the first two decades of the twentieth century. This talk explores the work produced by women who lived, studied, painted, networked, and often modelled throughout London’s system of bedsits, and traces the impact of this lifestyle in their work.  Focusing on Emily Carr (1871-1945), Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) and Nina Hamnett’s (1890-1956) early career experiences, it builds a picture of the role that living independently played in allowing them to develop their vocations.
Free but donations are welcomed to support the programme.We encourage you to join the Friends today by emailing the Friends committee
Membership runs from January to December and can be paid by cheque or cash annually or by standing order.
FRIENDS receive newsletters and private view invitations as well as being entitled to discounts in several partnered businesses in Liverpool and Wirral.

Sunday Serenades at the Williamson

Sunday Serenades at the Williamson

The Sunday Serenades are a programme of musical events held every Sunday throughout the summer at 2pm,  arranged by Gethyn Jones for the Williamson and Priory Friends and are very popular with Friends and visitors to the gallery.

We are proud to welcome another array of wonderful performers to Gallery Four at the Williamson for the Sunday Serenades Programme 2017.
May 28th: Tim Jackson, Principal Horn with the RLPO, leads us through a fun-filled afternoon, performing and chatting about the horn through the ages.
June 4th: Trio Rouge. Music for clarinet, viola & piano by Mozart & Bruch.
June 11th: The Karem Quintet (all RLPO players) performs the rarely heard G major Quintet by Dvorak, one of only a few serious chamber works to include double bass.
June 18th: The Ensemble of St Luke’s perform Stravinsky’s “Three Pieces” and Beethoven’s String Quartet op.18 no 4.
June 25th: Pixels Ensemble. Sophie Rosa (violin), Alex Holladay (cello) and Ian Buckle (piano) play the Brahms B major and Mozart G major piano trios.
July 2nd: TBC
July 9th: “White Lines”, an entertaining glimpse into the real world of contemporary music!
July16th: TBC
July 23rd: Neil Campbell (guitar). Music will be mainly original and will draw from Neil’s albums ‘Through the Looking Glass’, ‘Night Sketches’, ‘Ghost Stories’, Tabula Rasa Suite’ and ‘eMErgence’.
July 30th: Soloists of the Orchestra dell’Arte, programme to be announced
August 6th: Richard Casey. One of the North West’s finest established pianists plays a mix of classical and contemporary music.
August 13th: TBC
August 20th: Heather Heighway (soprano)
August 27th: Soloists of the Orchestra dell’Arte, programme to be announced
All concerts begin at 2pm, café open before and after the concert.
Free admission, donations welcomed
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead CH43 4UE
0151 666 3537, williamsonartgallery.org
Free but donations are welcomed to support our sunday serenades 2017 programme.
We encourage you to join the Friends today by emailing the Friends committee williamsonandprioryfriends@gmail.com or downloading the forms from the FRIENDS section of the website under ABOUT.
Membership runs from January to December and can be paid by cheque or cash annually or by standing order. FRIENDS receive newsletters and private view invitations as well as being entitled to discounts in several partnered businesses in Liverpool and Wirral as well as the cafe, art shop, book shop and our own gallery shop at the Williamson and Priory.

Education for schools at the Williamson and Priory

The Birkenhead Priory booking system for schools is now open for Summer 2017.

If you would like to bring a school party to visit the Priory, please visit their learning pages to find out more about the new offer for 2017. Please contact the Wirral Museums Service's learning officer, Kathy Heywood with any enquiries 0151 666 3537 

The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum has been attracting a greater number of visits from Merseyside schools than in previous years through the introduction of the Arts Award in collaboration with Curious Minds. 

To find out more about what is on offer at the Williamson for schools, contact Kathy on the phone number above or by email or check out the website http://williamsonartgallery.org/learning/schools/

Community ArtSpace at the Williamson

Currently on show, Sushil Datta is the creator of our forthcoming exhibition East meets West in Gallery 13 with his designs for fabric and wall paper and has provided the information for this unusual exhibition in our cafe as he is an ambassador for yoga at a spritely 79 years old.
Feel free to use the softer area in the pre-schoolers corner of The Williamson Cafe to try out some of the stretches at your own risk. Obviously little ones get first priority on the use of their space….This display ends on the 11th of June. 
This exhibition will be followed by an exhibition of art work from Woodchurch High School and their feeder primary schools and will run from the 14th of June until 25th of June.
Please note that the gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

We're delighted that the Birkenhead Priory has been declared the finalist in the Building Conservation section at the recent RICS Awards 2017, North West and we will keep our fingers crossed for the national final in November.

The £600k repair of Birkenhead Priory - delivered by Ainsley Gommon Architects, Paragon Construction,  and Aura Conservation –  has restored the oldest standing building in Merseyside along with its listed buildings on the site. Visitor facilities and attractions have been improved, including access, parking, the undercroft museum and St Mary's tower.
The judges acknowledged the united approach between passionate volunteers, skilled craftsmen and the local authority as key to the success of revitalising Birkenhead Priory. It now offers wider views over the Wirral and Liverpool which will help attract the visitor numbers the site truly deserves.