Frank Hornby – Maghull’s world famous resident

Tomorrow I am meeting with officials from Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (see my link to their web site) at the World Museum in William Brown Street Liverpool. I am going with fellow trustees of the Frank Hornby Trust which we set up to help to develop a Hornby Museum in Maghull.

For those who don’t know Frank Hornby lived in Maghull for the majority of his working life in two houses, one being The Hollies on Station Road, the other Quarry Brook which now forms apart of Maricourt High School. The Hollies gained the first ever English Heritage Blue Plaque outside of London thanks to the efforts of Maghull Town Council.

We have made considerable strides with the Trust over recent years, having now established a large room within the new Meadows Leisure Centre as a base for our activities. This was done with the help and support of Sefton Council to whom we are grateful indeed. The next step is to fit out the room and continue to develop a collection of Meccano, Hornby Trains and Dinky Toys which were the major products of the Hornby factory in Binns Road Liverpool. We are in discussions with the Heritage Lottery Fund for help from them and our meeting tomorrow is to try to establish a working relationship with Museums and Galleries on Merseyside for the Trust to borrow items for display in Meadows leisure Centre.

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