Stuart Sutcliffe and The Beatles

21 August to 23 November 2003

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

Photo of man and woman kissing

Stuart with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr

Stuart Sutcliffe was an original member of The Beatles and one of John Lennon's closest friends.

He joined the band in 1960 but left a year and a half later to concentrate on his art studies. By this time he was engaged to Astrid Kirchherr, who he met whilst performing with the band at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg.

Although he was only a Beatle for a short time his influence on their future success has largely gone unrecognised.

It is claimed that it was Stuart who came up with the Beatles name and that John would not play in the band without him. His relationship with Astrid also influenced the bands look.

National Museums Liverpool with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund purchased some of the most important items from a unique collection which was auctioned in July 2003.

Follow the links on the left for a closer look at some of these objects, which went on display in this exhibition at the former Museum of Liverpool Life.