Meccano – Part of Maghull’s Frank Hornby heritage

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Seen in the Frank Hornby Room at Meadows Leisure Centre, Maghull, Liverpool, UK. The display cases belong to the Maghull based charity the Frank Hornby Trust. This model was made by Jim Gamble of Nottingham, a world expert on Meccano. Frank Hornby lived in Maghull most of his adult life and is the Town’s most famous resident.

If you are thinking of visiting Meadows Leisure Centre to look at the Hornby items on display please phone the Centre first as the room is multi-use and could well be inaccessible. Best to check first on when it will be open to the public.

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Southport – The Atkinson’s grand opening

Thursday 12th February saw the official opening of The Atkinson Museum on Southport’s Lord Street.

I have commented on this excellent building (or to put it correctly collection of 3 buildings) previously and for those not familiar with Southport it used to be called The Arts Centre.

A splendid combination of Library, Museum and Theatre it must now rank as being of regional significance.

The Museum is titled Between Land & Sea but also houses a significant Egyptology collection. Shipping and tourism are well to the fore as you would expect from a museum that covers a geographical area stretching from Bootle to Southport. But there is inland Sefton as well and there to balance things up is a nice collection of Meccano, Hornby Trains and Dinky Toys. They are of course the products of Frank Hornby, Maghull’s most famous resident.

Here are 3 photos I took on the opening evening:-

Cllr. Peter Dowd, Emma Anderson (Atkinson Director) & Virginia Tandy OBE a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund

Cllr. Peter Dowd, Emma Anderson (Atkinson Director) & Virginia Tandy OBE a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund

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Why not plan a visit to Southport and included a visit to The Atkinson.

Frank Hornby Trust – Meet the author

We had a Frank Hornby Trust meeting last week and Jim Gamble came up to Maghull from Nottingham for it. Jim wrote the definitive book about Frank Hornby some years ago and I managed to track down a second hand copy not so long ago.

Whilst we were waiting for the meeting to start in Meadows Leisure Centre a library assistant came up to me and asked whether I, as a local councillor, would have my photo taken reading a book so that the library could use it to promote its work. I said fine, add me to your rouges gallery. The next issue was what should I be reading? The assistant suggested a book about Frank Hornby and popped off to get one.

What did she bring back but Jim Gamble’s book! And what she didn’t know was that the author was actually in her library! So I said why don’t we have the author in the photo as well? A stunned look came back when I pointed Jim out and asked him to join me.

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So the library got its photo but one with a famous author as well as a minor local politician and it is all the better for that I think.

And now for a real Boys Toys moment! Here is a shot of Frank Hornby Trust Chairman, Les French, looking all excited at a new Meccano set he has been presented with. One of our trustees restores old Hornby items and makes them as like new as possible. Les is certainly pleased with this one, indeed he looks wide eyed just like a kid on Christmas morning!

Boys Toys!

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Maghull – Meccano Town – Hornby put it on the map

It is probably true to say that few people living outside of Maghull know much about the Town but with all the publicity in recent years about Frank Hornby, the world famous toy maker, living there it is possibly ‘on the map’ now more than locals may think.

One aspect of Frank Hornby’s work was inventing Meccano in additional to his model railways and Dinky Toys. Here are some shots of some great models made from Meccano which were displayed at various Maghull exhibitions organised by the Frank Hornby Trust in recent times:-





Jim Gamble of Nottingham is the world’s expert on Meccano and some of the models above are his.

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