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Victorian mosaic of 30,000 Minton tiles to go on display at St George’s Hall

11 months ago

The Victorian mosaic at St George’s Hall will be on display from Tuesday until August 18.

A rarely seen mosaic of more than 30,000 hand-crafted Minton tiles is set to go on display at St George’s Hall tomorrow, August 1.

Thousands of tickets have already been snapped up by members of the public to see the Victorian mosaic at St George’s Hall, which will be on display until August 18.

The Minton tiles have been hidden under a wooden floor for their preservation since 1860, and it is the first time they have been unveiled since 2019, and only the 10th time in the past 16 years.

The tiles are purposely revealed to the public infrequently to ensure they are preserved.

It has taken traditional flooring specialists three days to remove the wooden protective cover, and then a further two days to carefully and thoroughly clean the encaustic tiles.   

St George's Hall. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA
St George’s Hall. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA

To celebrate the display, the City Hall’s team has programmed some special tours and events, all income generated will be reinvested in the Hall, with donations also made towards the refurbishment of the Willis Organ and the Mary Seacole Statue Fund. The programme,  includes:

Minton Tiles Reveal

Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 3.30pm. £5.50 per person

This 360 degree walk around the perimeter of the Minton tiled floor also gives access to an ‘Education Corner’, encouraging families, schools, and communities to spend some time soaking up the beauty and the history of the Hall and get involved in some fun activities.

The Minton Tile Experience

Tuesday to Sunday, 11am, 2pm and 4pm. £15 guided tour.

This tour offers the public the rare opportunity to walk on the tiles themselves, and take a closer look at the sea nymphs, dolphins, and tridents beautifully crafted into the Minton tile’s intricate design.

Night on the Tiles

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 5-7pm. £20 per person (including a drink on arrival).

A beautiful start to an evening in Liverpool as guests treat their eyes and ears to a sensory feast of live music and a glass of sparkling fizz whilst admiring the remarkable craftsmanship of the Minton tile design. 

Music on the Mintons

Thursday 17 August, 6-8pm. £20 per person

The incredibly talented organist Lee Ward will be performing a selection of pieces that will highlight the unique tonal qualities of the encaustic Minton tiles. The powerful and ethereal sounds of the famous Henry Willis organ will resonate through the beautifully restored space and transport visitors through time.

For more information visit the St George’s Hall website HERE.

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