Part of National Museums Liverpool
This exhibition reveals the devastation the Blitz brought to the lives and city of Liverpool in photographs taken by Liverpool City Police between 1940 and 1941. The photographs are accompanied by personal accounts, which bring to life the impact of the war through the eyes of those directly affected by the bombings.
The port city of Liverpool and surrounding areas were key targets for German bombers during the Second World War (1939-45). In Merseyside more than 4,000 civilians were killed, 10,000 homes were destroyed and 70,000 people made homeless during air raids, which peaked in the Blitz of May 1941.
Liverpool itself suffered the second highest number of civilian deaths in air raids in the country and, due to censorship, press reports often didn’t tell the whole story.
At the heart of this exhibition is the people of Liverpool; those affected by the Blitz – their memories, struggles with the aftermath and how they rebuilt their lives in the face of a terrible onslaught.
Sensory elements enable visitors to experience wartime aromas and hands-on tactile images.
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Museum of Liverpool
Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1DG
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“They tried to wipe us off the face of the earth. They nearly did but they didn't quite, did they?”
Mrs Dorothy Laycock, a child during the Liverpool Blitz
As part of our exhibition Blitzed: Liverpool Lives we are gathering responses to the images and first-hand experiences featured in the exhibition.Jean Phillips kindly contacted us via our Facebook page with information about her family in response to the photograph of Louisa Street, Everton.
Our new exhibition, Blitzed: Liverpool Lives brings together dramatic images of Blitz-damaged Liverpool alongside evocative spoken memories of people who experienced the aerial bombardment first-hand. One of those people is John McEwan.
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