Maghull – Frank Hornby Heritage Center is back up and running

Below is a press release from Les French Chairman of the Frank Hornby Trust who manage the Frank Hornby Heritage Center in Maghull’s Meadows Library and Leisure Center:-

‘We are absolutely delighted to announce that the FRANK HORNBY HERITAGE CENTRE is now BACK OPEN FOR VISITS following the completion of the move from the ground floor of Meadows Leisure Centre to our very own dedicated space above the library.

This means that as of NOW, our Heritage Centre, which is the only one in the world solely dedicated to Frank Hornby, his life and his products, is available to everyone during Maghull Library hours.

It is totally FREE to enter during weekdays between 10am and 5pm and Saturdays between 10am and 2pm, just follow the signs from the front entrance.

We hope that we will now be able to hold more events like the open day following the BBC2 programme ‘Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo’ which gave the Heritage Centre and our Town some tremendous publicity.

Some of our trustees have managed to get the display up and running, and whilst there is still some work to do and spaces to fill, despite having more to look at that before, we have plans to further expand the displays.’

‘It is hoped to have an official opening when we are ship-shape and Bristol fashion, so keep in touch via facebook and we’ll keep you updated.

Massive thanks to Mike Woodruff, Meadows Centre Manager, and Sefton Council for the concept, care and realisation of the project which will be a massive boost to our work in commemorating the home town of the World’s Greatest Toymaker, and of course the Trustees of the Frank Hornby Charitable Trust for giving their time and expertise so freely’

‘p.s. If anyone out there has anything associated with Meccano, Hornby, Hornby Dublo or Dinky then please consider lending or giving it to us so that we can share it with everyone. We would particularly love anything that has a family or works connection, he is our most famous ever resident!’

Note:- The lead photo was used by the Champion Newspaper in its article on this matter dated 27th June 2018.

8 thoughts on “Maghull – Frank Hornby Heritage Center is back up and running

  1. Y Butterworth says:

    Would like to visit the Hornby and Meccano exhibition are you near the Railway Station thank you

    • Meadows Leisure Centre is on Hall Lane in Maghull about half a mile from Maghull Station. Walk down Station Road past the Great Mogul Pub and the shops, turn left at junction with Hall Lane (ignore the left turn into Rutherford Rd), then over the canal swing bridge and down Hall Lane. You will need to cross the busy A59 (Northway) to reach the Leisure Center which is clearly located on the junction next to Maghull Town Hall.

  2. David Higman MBE says:

    When you are next open I wish to come and visit with some friends.

    • A good question to which I presently do not know the answer. We are located within Sefton Council’s Meadows Leisure Centre which is presently closed due to Covid 19. We are guessing that when the centre reopens so will the Hornby Heritage Centre. Suggest you keep an eye on when Sefton Council plans to reopen its leisure centres. I hope you make it soon.

  3. Heather 9 says:

    Are you back open and do you need to book to come thank you

  4. Cees P. Veth says:

    Hi Frank, hood day.

    Frank, my name is Cees Veth, and I life about 35 Km south west of Amsterdam. I have the following question.
    My father and I made a nice scale model of the world largest crane on the globe, named the PTC 1600 currently in operation by the Dutch company Mammoet.
    Due to several circumstances I am unfortunately forced to crew down with my calibration company for high pressures till 16250 bar. Meaning that I will leave my current company building too. So the 1600 mm high crane made with original 45 kg UK Mecanno is looking for another new place to go and to stay.
    Is this a issue for in your museum Frank?
    I look forward to see your reply, so I be able to sent you some pictures.

    Many mecanno traceable regards,


    • Thank you for making contact. I am one of the Frank Hornby Trust trustees and my e-mail address is If you’d like to give me more detail and size/dimensions/photos then I can assess your offer in more detail. We have limited space available I might add. Also, if we were to agree to be able to accept your generous offer how would you transport it to us? If it would be easier for you to respond in Dutch please do so as I have a Dutch contact who can assist with translation. Thank you for thinking of our charity. Best wishes Tony

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