Meccano – An introduction & a visit too if you wish

The Frank Hornby Heritage Centre within Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre.

As a Trustee of the Maghull based charitable group the Frank Hornby Trust I found the introductory video – linked below – from Sharon Brown (National Museums Liverpool’s Land Transport Curator) very useful.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bmwqnENVdA

As a 60+ year old I can of course remember Meccano, Dinky Toys & Hornby Railways very well but younger folk may not, so the video may help connect younger generations with a huge piece of both Liverpool’s history and the toys of previous generations of their own family too.

Another view of the Frank Hornby Heritage Centre.

The Frank Hornby Heritage Centre, which is within Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre, is presently open to visit each Tuesday and Friday (10am to 4pm) but only with a previously made booking. This is of course due to Covid 19 restrictions. If you want to visit please e-mail t3robertson@gmail.com so that a visiting slot can be arranged.

Frank Hornby lived for most of his aldult life in Maghull on Merseyside. His 1st house (The Hollies) in Station Road has an English Heritage Blue Plaque on it and his 2nd house (Quarry Brook) which is now the 6th Form block of Maricourt High School a Maghull Town Council plaque.

Maghull – Frank Hornby’s Meccano Factory products – Liverpool on Wheels

This is the last of my postings regarding the quite excellent new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool which is presently inaccessible due to our health crisis of course.

Anything to do with Hornby and the products of his Binns Road factory interest me as a Trustee of the Maghull based Frank Hornby Trust so of course the section of the Liverpool on Wheels exhibition was always going to draw me to it. Here are my photos:-

Like the Museum of Liverpool the Frank Hornby Experience exhibition (within Meadows Leisure Centre) in his home town of Maghull is also presently closed but hopefully both will be accessible when we come out the other side of this dreadful health crisis. I’m guessing that the period the Liverpool on Wheels exhibition will be open could be extended? It’s presently due to close on 1st November………

My congratulations to Sharon Brown (Curator of Land Transport at NML) and her colleagues for an excellent exhibition.

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Liverpool’s famous cycle makers – Liverpool on Wheels exhibition

Regular readers of this blog site will know that I’m a keen cyclist, so it’s probably no surprise that I found the cycling part of the new Liverpool on Wheels exhibition in the Museum of Liverpool very interesting. Here’s my photos of cycling items on display

The comment above could easily have been written today, particularly about Lancashire and Liverpool roads!

I recall when I was a teenager I bought a Harry Quinn racing cycle second hand but whilst it was a lovely bike (and incredibly light) I went off cycling for some reason and sold it on…..

This has been my 4th posting about the excellent Liverpool on Wheels exhibition curated by NML’s Land Transport Curator Sharon Brown.

Ford Escort MK1 – Museum of Liverpool exhibit made me think back!

I’ve blogged on this subject before – here’s my previous posting from 2018:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/03/13/ford-escort-50th-anniversary-i-had-the-mk1-asp-model/

This has been my 3rd posting on the excellent Museum of Liverpool exhibition – Liverpool on Wheels – curated by Land Transport Curator Sharon Brown. If you can go have a gander at it, I think you’ll agree it’s excellent

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Southport & its Vulcan Vehicles – Liverpool on Wheels Exhibition

My 2nd posting about the excellent Liverpool on Wheels exhibition, curated by Sharon Brown, at the Museum of Liverpool concerns Vulcan vehicles. Here are the photo’s I took at the exhibition relevant to the company:-

Below there’s a link to a Wikipedia page giving more information about Vulcan vehicles:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_(motor_vehicles)

As an aside I’ve always felt that the car should actually be permanently on display in its home town of Southport.

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Museum of Liverpool – New ‘Liverpool on Wheels’ exhibition is a hit

I went to have a look at this new exhibition yesterday and want to congratulate Sharon Brown (NML’s Land Transport Curator) and her staff on a great piece of work. Here’s some photos from my visit:-

I’m going to write up specific postings about the Ford Escort MK1, Liverpool cycle manufacturers, Meccano and Vulcan cars of Southport which were also a part of this excellent exhibition.

I’m told that in the recent children’s half term holiday the Museum of Liverpool was packed out and I’m sure many visitors were there to see Liverpool on Wheels. By the way there’s an great book you can buy with the same title, I’ve had a copy for donkeys years:-

It was originally published in 1998 and I noticed that copies of it were for sale in the Museum Shop.

If you get the opportunity why not go and have a look………. it’s on until 1st November