Williamson Art Gallery: The Things That Live Under The Stairs

Williamson Art Gallery: The Things That Live Under The Stairs Williamson Art Gallery: The Things That Live Under The Stairs


Venue: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Dates: 20/02/2020
Times: 19:00 - 20:30


“The Things That Live Under The Stairs” is a series of monthly lectures taking places on the third Thursday of the month at the Williamson Art Gallery. They are inspired by our collection objects which currently reside in the basement – rarely, if ever, seeing the light of day. They are a curious mix indeed!

February’s talk is “The Muse In Museum”. See through the eyes of historian, wordsmith and etymologist Anthony Poulton-Smith how language is an invaluable, though often overlooked, tool for unraveling the past. He will look at who put the ‘The‘ in ‘The Wirral‘, and find an unexpected link between Bells and Clocks. He will explore the Williamson’s extensive military collection – but not through the conflicts. Little-known political milestones, pots and other vessels, and pints, paintings, sculpture, colour, statues and statutes will all be further topics.

The talk is not simply a run down of dates and events from history nor or the items’ form or appearance. It will rather be an examination of why they have become part of the collection; the hidden stories they have to tell and how they have contributed to Poulton-Smith’s writings.

Tickets to this talk are £3 on the door.