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I like to move it: transport across time

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • Free


Investigate different modes of transport and how people travelled in the past through exploration of some of the land transport collection including the Overhead Railway and costumes of the time.

This session can be booked Monday to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

Further details

school girl wearing a train driver's hat

© Pete Carr

This session begins with considering how the group travelled to the Museum and to school.  Key objects which utilize wind, horse, steam, pedal, electricity and fuel engine power in The Great Port gallery are explored.  These include a model of a medieval ship and The Lion Locomotive, which dates from 1837 and was used to haul luggage trains between Liverpool and Manchester.  Contrasting comparative speeds of travel, potential distances covered and comfort levels are explored. 

The Liverpool Overhead Railway, which opened in 1893, is investigated.  The Overhead Railway was the first elevated electric line in the world and ran the length of the Liverpool docks.  Groups climb aboard one of the original motor coaches which has electric motors mounted beneath the floor, a driving cab at one end and third class accommodation with wooden seats. Pupils are given costumes and tickets of the time and role play travelling on the Overhead Railway.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 1 - History

  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key Stage 1 - Human and physical geography

  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.

Key Stage 1 - English Spoken language

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand that Liverpool was and still is an important place for trade and connections with the world.
  • understand the importance of the River Mersey for the development of Liverpool as a port city.
  • Liverpool was an important place for new and exciting forms of transport such as The Lion Locomotive and the Liverpool Overhead Railway.
  • understand the reasons why Liverpool became a successful port.


  • begin to question the impact technological advances have had on our lives.


  • recognise that different types of transport were used throughout history for a variety of reasons.


  • appreciate that people travel on different forms of transport for many reasons.