NMGMNational Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (UK)
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If Liverpool is successful in its bid to be the 2008 European Capital of Culture, the name of Mayer, which hasIONEL Burman, research fellow of history at Liverpool University and former curator of decorative arts with NMGM, rates Mayer among Britain's most important collectors of antiquities, whose influence spread to both sides of the Mersey.
NMGM development officer Sian Cook said: ``We had a really good year in 2002, because the 75% increase in visitor numbers, bringing the annual figure to pounds 1.2m, allowed us to sell ourselves to sponsors.
``The Fourth Grace represents a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool to create a museum for the 21st century, which will develop with the input, ideas and involvement of Liverpool people.'' The new museum will absorb the collections on show at the Museum of Liverpool Life and will mean the NMGM can display large objects like the locomotive Lion and 1900 Liver Phaeton currently held in store.
David Fleming, NMGM director, welcomed the board's decision.
Thanks to a Heritage lottery grant of pounds 187,500 and further smaller grants from the National Art Collections Fund and NMGM (National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside) the timepiece has been brought to Merseyside's Conservation Centre instead of being bought by a private American collector.
``There is often misunderstanding about what the museum is about,'' explains the NMGM's communications manager, Jo Cooper.
Maritime Museum, Lifeline Gallery, Albert Dock (12.30-4.30pm) l Monday: Visual Arts Open Day with NMGM & African Textile Workshops.
The corporate title of National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (NMGM) has been proclaimed a public relations disaster.
However, they are prepared for the possibility of some criticism from Wirral, home to one of NMGM's present eight sites at the Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight.
It also means the policy of free admission to NMGM buildings - introduced last year - can continue.
John Edmonson, responsible for zoology, botany and geology for NMGM, said: ``We have plant specimens going back to the 1700s and this tells researchers about the extinction of plants and in some cases shows where they have re-emerged.''