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...