The Atkinson: Programme of Free Talks

Mrs Eva Lutyens by Glyn Philpot. Oil on canvas. Part of the Atkinson’s collection.

14 May – 21 August 2014

13.00 / 18.30

Free, no need to book

The talks take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 13.00 and are repeated on the third Thursday of the month at 18.30 in the exhibition galleries.

The Atkinson’s popular monthly object of the month talks are backs for the summer season.

This regular programme of short gallery talks highlights different objects from the collections and each month focuses on a different object from paintings, print and sculpture to craft, costume and ceramics.

As well as exploring objects from our Art collections Object of the Month also reveals the hidden histories of objects from our fascinating Social History, Maritime and Egyptology collections.

The programme is delivered by Museum and Gallery staff as well as a wide range of outside expert speakers who delve deeper in to Sefton’s collections and reveal new stories every month.


Wednesday 14 May at 13.00 and Thursday 15 May at 18.30

Alan O’ Callaghan talks about The William Atkinson portrait and the history of The Atkinson. The talk is followed by a behind scenes tour of The Atkinson as part of Culture 24’s Museum at Night.


Wednesday 11 June at 13.00 and Thursday 19 June at 18.30 

Jo Chamberlain, The Atkinson’s Documentation Officer discusses ‘Lord Street (1830)’ by Mrs Fairfield. A painting that came to light as staff were researching the collections in preparation for the opening of The Atkinson’s new museum later this year.

This work by an amateur artist, may well be the earliest original view of Southport, when the town was little more than a street of houses set between sand dunes. Come along and have a preview of some of the collections unseen paintings and photographs.


Wednesday 9 July at 13.00 and Thursday 17 July at 18.30

Dave E-Wing, Crosby library’s the Heritage Manager talks about ‘Morning Parade’ and promenading in Southport.

Wednesday 13 August at 13.00 and Thursday 21 August at 18.30

Dr Amanda Draper delivers a talk on ‘Mrs Eve Lutyens’ by Glyn Warren Philpot.

The Walk On exhibition is in the middle of being installed but Dr Anna Maddison’s talk on ‘Theatre of the Young Artists’ by Walter Sickert  is still taking place on Thursday 17 April at 6.30pm. The talk will be hosted in Gallery 5 instead of Gallery 2.

For more information about all events  and exhibitions at The Atkinson just visit or call the Atkinson Box Office on 01704 533333.


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