Thursday, 22 November 2012

Liverpool Museum (part 2)

Our trip to Liverpool Museum in October has provided me with enough items to keep posting until Christmas.  (Only about 32 shopping days to Christmas – if you want the time to the second click here).  

The second floor has some traditional glass-fronted cases with a Liverpool Timeline shown through various objects.  As usual, Partner-who-loves-tea and I played the ‘Gosh, do you remember those’ game as we looked at the memorabilia from the 50s and 60s.

The museum also has computer maps of old and new Liverpool and some other fascinating computer programs that can accessed through a number of terminals.

There is a wonderfully painted picture of Liverpool that GB and I saw in the Walker Art Gallery a couple of years ago (I think GB may have blogged it).   This close up shows the outside of the new Museum.

This gives some idea of the scale of the picture.

 This is a carriage from the Overhead Railway or Dockers' Umbrella as it was locally known.

I remember the Overhead Railway.  I rode on it with Dad a couple of times as he came home from work on a Saturday lunch-time, having taken me to work with him.  

 It ran along the outside of the docks above the Dock Road on an elevated rail about thirty feet in the air, all the way from The Dingle to Seaforth.  

 Sadly in 1956 it was closed due to the discovery of structural faults.  Even more sadly it was demolished the following year.  What a tremendous tourist attraction it would make nowadays.  Instead we are limited to seeing one lonely carriage in the museum.  

This is the Lion Locomotive – one of the world’s earliest surviving railway locomotives.  It was built in 1838 to haul luggage trains.

 There will be other odd items from the museum in future posts...


  1. A grand look round I've put it on my list. A visit to Liverpool is long overdue.

  2. That timeline would be the most interesting bit for me, I guess.

  3. Always a strange feeling, isn't it, to be able to play that ‘Gosh, do you remember those’ game when visiting a museum. Somehow, I still feel that museums should be about the ancient past, and surely that cannot include ME... ;) That reality check aside, I still love visiting museums though and yours seem like a great one to stroll around in.

    That grammophone is not exactly like any that I had, but it still reminds me of my first one, which had the speaker in the lid (mono). I also remember a relative had one of those where you could put several records in a pile and it automatically played them one at a time, which seemed like quite the miracle back then.

    1. Oh yes - your relastive was posh having one that stacked the records. Mind you, when I first saw one, I didn'trust it not to smash the records as one landed on another. They were brittle in those days!

  4. My sister-in-law and I played the "do you remember this" game in the kitchen dept. of a local museum. Finally, she burst out laughing. "How can these be antiques? I'm still using mine!!" We decided it was definitely time for a cup of tea!

    Today is Thanksgiving in the US, and one of the things I am most thankful for, are the people I have become friends with through their blog sites. So, thank you, John, for all your wonderful posts, and have a happy Thanksgiving! xoxo Carol & Rob

    1. Friends, family, health and peace - what more could one want in life? And a good Thanksgiving to all those in the US.

  5. Still giggling about "The Dingle" - hee heee heeeeee!

    I totally NEED that record player. No, seriously - I just bought three LPs and I have no record player. Actually, come to think of it, I'd prefer an antique Victrola. Just like Uncle Monty's in Withnail & I.

  6. What a memorable portfolio, so nostalgic a journey. Sadly these are pics of the real thing. It's great that you managed to have these still with u John! These are priceless!


  7. What a great post!
    I love that railway car with the wooden seats and the sign that says "Spitting Prohibited". I have never ONCE seen a sign like that in America, I think we need one.

  8. I had fun choosing this particular painting online that now hangs in my downtown office, from, who sells canvas prints of art masterpieces. While the original is treasured in some art museum in England, my print, of this painting by Edward Burne-Jones is very much appreciated by my staff and clients. The print quality is really excellent.


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