Victoria Gallery & Museum: Benefactresses – Women of the Holt Family

Victoria Gallery & Museum: Benefactresses – Women of the Holt Family
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Victoria Gallery & Museum: Benefactresses – Women of the Holt Family


Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Dates: 24/11/2018 - 01/04/2019
Times: All Day


Benefactresses – Women of the Holt Family
24 November 2018- Until April 2019

Location: Gallery 4, first floor

The role of women in the University of Liverpool’s history is often overlooked.
This exhibition turns a spotlight on Eva Melly, Emma Holt and Jane Brandreth Holt, who were patrons of the University in its early years.  The three women were cousins. They were part of the Liverpool-based Holt family whose wealth stemmed from their merchant and shipping businesses. The trio used their privileged position to support study at the University, especially for women.
The exhibition features rarely seen portraits of the women from the VG&M collection.