New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, Leicestershire, England. Another historic site/museum I used to manage.
New Walk Museum is on New Walk a Victorian pedestrianised street that was originally a Roman road into the center of town, it was originally a prep school built by Joseph Aloysius Hansom and the neighbouring Lord Mayor’s Residence combined to create New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in 1849 when the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented its various collections to the people of Leicester, the collections have grown and developed over the last 160 years into one of the premier museums in the region.
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery has been the inspiration for many people including one of the world’s most influential art dealers Anthony d’Offay, Lord Richard Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the museum.
Collections include a designated German Expressionism exhibition, one of the world’s largest Picasso ceramics collections (bequeathed by Lord Attenborough), Victorian Art, Paleontology (Dinosaurs), Geology, Natural History, Decorative Arts, a fascinating Egyptology collection, Contemporary Art and a series of temporary galleries hosting a range of exhibitions. It is open to the public and managed by Leicester City Council.