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Liverpool - a history of a city

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool


Discover the history of Liverpool from the time of King John to the present day with interactive games and handling objects.  Explore the reasons why Liverpool became so wealthy and some of the characters that made it possible.

This session can be booked Monday - Friday at 10:15am, 11:30am and 1:15pm.

Further details

timeline display in the Museum of Liverpool

© Mark McNulty

This session begins on the Museum’s timeline in the History Detectives gallery which provides a 38 metre overview of Liverpool history and includes more than 700 objects. Our timeline is investigated and objects of interest from Liverpool’s history including references to the Romans, Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Liverpool Castle located. 



Pupils are then encouraged to become history detectives using objects from our handling collection from four different periods of Liverpool’s history; early settlers, becoming a city, the great port and modern Liverpool.  The children are invited to use these clues to Liverpool’s past to discover what they tell them about the city at that time in history.

A unique film, '800 years in 60 seconds', which shows Liverpool’s transformation from fishing village to cosmopolitan city, is shown.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 - History

  • a local history study.
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 2 - Human and physical geography

  • describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Key Stage 2 - English Spoken Language

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand the relationship between industry and population growth.
  • understand the impact changing technology can have on people in a city.
  • visualize a timeline and understand how it can be used to place events in history.
  • develop some understanding of the work of Archaeologist’s and historians and the importance of this.


  • use sources and objects to draw conclusions about a subject.
  • present ideas and findings as a group.
  • engage in discussion in order to reach their own conclusions through visual evidence.
  • work as part of a group to explore aspects of Liverpool’s growth and history.
  • become familiar with simple maps and chart change using them.
  • use costume and games to interpret historical situations.


  • think about how Liverpool has changed over time and use maps to explore this.


  • view the Museum of Liverpool as a resource for archaeological and historical finds.
  • see the Museum of Liverpool as an enjoyable place to visit.