This fascinating exhibition opens at Kirkby Gallery on Monday 23rd September and runs until 16th November. I blogged about it back in August and here’s a link to that posting:-
As I mentioned in my original piece the Frank Hornby Heritage Center, which is based within Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre, has loaned some items to the Hornby/Meccano part of the Made on Merseyside Exhibition. Indeed, this is the first time we have loaned out items to another exhibition.
The preview opening was yesterday evening and I went along to have a look taking my Merseyside Maritime Museum Assistant Curator daughter with me. We were genuinely impressed with what had been done with the Hornby/Meccano items loaned to Knowsley Council and of the wider exhibition which covers a number of historic and more modern day companies operating in Knowsley Borough and across Merseyside. Here’s a few photos of some of the other displays:-
These photos cover less than half of what’s included in the exhibition I might add.
One of its the aims is to teach local school children about the things that were once made locally and in some cases still are so bookings are available for school visits. All in all a great piece of work by Tina Ball of Knowsley Council and her volunteers.
And to close this posting another Binns Road, Liverpool Meccano factory product photo:-
Yes, it really is my old Meccano set which I donated to the Frank Hornby Trust a few years back. To find it on display at a public exhibition was a strange feeling when all I wanted to do was get into the case and start making something.
If you can get along to this great local exhibition to learn more about what was ‘Made on Merseyside’ then I hope that, like me, you’ll think it was time well spent.
Please click on the photos to enlarge them
I’m always happy to promote local history events and this looks to be one to check out between the 23rd September and 16th November:-
Poster for Made on Merseyside Exhibition at Kirkby Gallery
Click on the poster to be able to read the text on it.
And here’s a map showing how to access Kirkby Gallery:-
The Frank Hornby Heritage Center, based in Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Center, is pleased to be lending some items to Kirkby Gallery as one part of this exhibition will cover the Binns Road Meccano Factory in Liverpool and its products.
When I first saw the headline (see link below) I wondered how a council could ‘buy’ a town but then realised the headline had ‘center’ missing from it.
I then wondered if it was Sefton Council buying Maghull Square but the photo did not look right.
Of course it’s Kirkby town center that the Echo article is all about, a saga that goes back many, many years indeed.
And then I thought back about Maghull Square and the long promised refurb’s that go back many, many years via different owners and wondered what it will take…………..
This is Maghull Square in the 1970’s but the buildings are still pretty much as was. It was built in the 1960’s. Photographer unknown.
Well it seems so as Sefton and Knowsley Councils are planning to construct one.
It will effectively run from the site of the new Maghull North railway station, over the Ashworth Junction of the M58 (where there’s already a short section of cycle path taking cyclists around the busy motorway junction) and on down Prescot Road towards Kirkby. The photo below shows the end of the present cycle path as you go around the junction heading towards Melling Mount:-
Sefton and Knowsley Councils are still developing proposals for the cycle track but the project has funding secured. Construction is scheduled for 2020 as I understand it. However, construction of the first section adjacent to the junction will take place soon as part of the contract to build the new westerly slip roads to the M58 junction. This move should alleviate the cyclists problem on the Kirkby side of the junction which I have previously identified.
I’m also told that on the Maghull side of the motorway junction, there will be a requirement on the developer/s of the proposed business park and housing development to continue the cycle path across the whole of the north of the site alongside School Lane. What is being referred to here is Maghull’s urban extension on the Maghull East site. The map below may assist in understanding the geography of what i an blogging about:-
The large red area is the ‘Maghull East’ urban extension. The M58 Junction 1 is in grey – with Prescot Road running north to south on the right of the map. School Lane runs across the northerly edge of red area. The yellow area is the presently being constructed Poppy Fields, Pavilions housing developments and new station site
More news when I have it.
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above
Must admit this clearly long running story has not hit my radar previously.
Is this in a round about way (and never to be admitted officially of course) some form of apology from Knowsley Council for demolishing Prescot Leisure Centre?
The BBC has the sad story on its web site – see link above
My good friend and leader of the Opposition on Knowsley Council, Cllr. Carl Cashman, has been one of the loud voices saying ‘NO’ to Knowsley Council’s Labour leaders as they plough on with their parks sell-off plans. But things are looking grim in that the all-Labour Cabinet of Knowsley Council is pressing on with the sale of many parks and gardens.
Merseyside Labour Councils just don’t get environmental issues
Urban green spaces are crucial in any community; once they are gone they are effectively gone for good – that means the listed parks/sites to be sold off for development will not be there for future generations. However desperate the finances of Knowsley Council are this is environmentally just the wrong thing to do but how many times have I had to question the environmental credentials of the Labour Party on Merseyside! Too many times sadly.
It’s interesting that George Howarth MP has waded into this issue. I got to know George reasonably well when he was MP for Sefton East and have some respect for him. Let’s hope his intervention will help find a more environmentally sustainable solution for Knowsley Council’s struggling Labour leaders.