By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd!

Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft

8 November 2013 to 21 April 2014

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

Ken Dodd on stage

© Stephen Shakeshaft/
Liverpool Echo and Post

Ken Dodd was Liverpool's best-loved entertainer and one of Britain's greatest ever comedians. This exhibition celebrated the life of the comedy legend through the lens of award-winning photographer Stephen Shakeshaft.  

Doddy tickled our chuckle muscles for more than 60 years. In the year of this exhibition alone he played around 100 shows and was still 'packing them in'. At 86 years old his love of performing shone as bright as ever

Stephen Shakeshaft began his career with the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo in 1962. One of his earliest assignments was to capture the 'Squire of Knotty Ash'. A friendship blossomed and in a career spanning 50 years Ken Dodd became one of his most photographed and favourite subjects. A bond of mutual respect and trust has allowed Shakeshaft to become an intimate observer - to stand in the wings and watch.

With photographs that were poignant, affectionate and amusing, 'By Jove! It's Ken Dodd!' celebrated Doddy the virtuoso showman and offered a rare and candid glimpse into the backstage world of this comic genius.

When Doddy met Stephen 

Watch a series of short videos in which Stephen Shakeshaft talks to Ken Dodd about his career in comedy, in an interview that was recorded specially for the exhibition.


Further information

Ken Dodd and Stephen Shakeshaft were interviewed by the press at the opening of the exhibition - an event which naturally involved tickling sticks, refreshments from the legendary jam butty mines of Knotty Ash, and plenty of laughter. See photos from the event in our Ken Dodd Flickr album.


Fern Britton

When Fern met Ken

11 December

We were very lucky to have a special visitor to the Museum of Liverpool a few weeks ago, when the lovely Fern Britton came to film in our Ken Dodd exhibition as part of her series ‘Fern Britton Meets…’. Read more about When Fern met Ken

Ken Dodd tickling Stephen with a tickling stick

By jove! Our members were tickled by tales of Ken Dodd!

4 December

Fundraising and membership officer Sarah Houghton has news of a special event that was held for our members yesterday:“Members enjoyed a really tattyfilarious event last night at the Museum of Liverpool. Read more about By jove! Our members were tickled by tales of Ken Dodd!

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This exhibition was in the Museum of Liverpool's Skylight gallery. Home Bargains sponsored the Skylight gallery for a two year period from 2012 to 2014, enabling the space to be used for exhibitions and associated community programmes.