‘Art can be to everyone an inspiration’
A Centre for Museology Research Seminar by
Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool
Monday 12th November 5-6.30pm,
Mansfield Cooper Building, 4th floor, Room 4.10, University of Manchester
The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, was founded in 1922 by William Hesketh Lever, the internationally successful soap magnate, to house the best of his personal art collection. It is one of the most important fine and decorative art collections in the country. What challenges face such a collection today? How do we ensure its relevance and enjoyment by a contemporary gallery audience? This seminar will look at the founding history of the Gallery and how today National Museums Liverpool is working to develop its full potential.
Sandra Penketh has responsibility for the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House. She studied History of Art at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia and then obtained a Masters Degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Liverpool. She has published on Medieval Books of Hours, British nineteenth-century sculpture and painting, and the Fine Art collections of the Walker Art Gallery and Lady Lever Art Gallery. She has curated a wide range of exhibitions on Victorian art.