Museum Work

Liverpool Overhead Railway History

Having made it into the Museum of Liverpool, dried off and got past the central stair case, it was time to pay attention to some of the displays. These sort of things I like to just wander and look more closely at things that catch my eye and interest me, and wander past things in which I have little interest.

A sugar syrup extraction device as used by Tate and Lyle

The above “boiler” I guess is in the museum as Henry Tate founded his business in Liverpool back in 1859, there’s a fascinating story – did you know that the merger of “Tate and Lyle” actually happened after their deaths and although both sugar refining rivals, they never actually met! Likewise I never knew that Frank Hornby, most famous for the model trains, also hailed from Liverpool and in 1901 patented the “Meccano” set. I seem to remember I had a “Set No2” as a Christmas gift as a child in the 70’s. Although I enjoyed playing with it, a chemistry set had more impact! Below are some fragments of Liverpool pottery.

Once again distracted by the building itself, the exposed ceiling caught my eye, then to that massive end window, seen from outside looks a bit like a portable TV from the 80’s. Inside it looks out at the “Three Graces”. There is a life size replica of one of the “liver birds” and I managed to get a shot of this with one of the two, in situ ones on the building roof top outside in the far distance!

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