The Liverpool Blitz

Stewart Bale collection online exhibition

This is the second in a series of online exhibitions dedicated to the Stewart Bale photographic collection to highlight the breadth of its subject matter.

This exhibition, featuring the World War II Liverpool Blitz and resulting war damage, shows the devastating effects that this had on the city and its inhabitants. Buildings such as the White Star Building and the Head Post Office sustained serious damage.

Lines of transport, such as the Liverpool Overhead Railway (LOR), were frequent targets and as the main line of the dock goods railway ran beneath it for most of its length, serious damage to the LOR created a negative knock on effect for the crucial traffic of goods via the dock system.

Two of the images show the effects of loss and disruption on a more personal scale with war damage to terraced housing and a school classroom.


Find out more about the Liverpool Blitz

  • Spirit of the Blitz - this former exhibition, held at Merseyside Maritime Museum from July 2003 to December 2004, revealed the untold story of how the Second World War affected Liverpool
  • The Liverpool Blitz - a vivid account of 24 hours during the Blitz brought to life on the kids' website