Images of Majesty: A Talk

About This Project

Images of Majesty continues the Williamson’s series of talks The Things That live Under The Stairs.  Local history and heritage advocate Elizabeth Davey explores a royal history uncovered in treasures from the Gallery’s basement.

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. Ascending the throne in the earliest days of photography and dying when film was still in its infancy, her image was nevertheless familiar to millions across the world. Her face, in profile, was depicted on medals, coins of the realm and postage stamps, while her likeness and that of members of her large family was depicted in countless ways.

Incorporating material from the Williamson’s collection, this talk will trace the life of Victoria and things Victorian, set against the background of local and national events.

Elizabeth Davey has been a visitor to the Williamson since she first brought her children to put coins in the Polyphon and admire the ship models. A passionate advocate of Wirral’s culture and heritage, she has been heartened to witness the increasing contribution made to both by the Williamson and Priory and the almost exponential growth of activities based in the two centres.

Once retired Elizabeth found time to write Birkenhead, a History, now in its second edition, and she continues to give talks on a wide range of heritage themes.

Images of Majesty takes place on Thursday 18th April at 7pm.  Tickets are £3 on the door.  The Williamson cafe will be open from 6pm for food (cash only)

THE THINGS THAT LIVE UNDER THE STAIRS:  Tangential talks inspired by the Collections

This talk is part of a series of monthly lectures taking places on the third Thursday of the month at the Williamson Art Gallery. Artefacts in this collection currently reside in the basement of the building. These objects rarely, if ever, see the light of day and are a curious mix indeed!

To find out more about the series, or other talks at the Williamson, check our Events pages.


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