The cathedral that never was: Lutyens' design for Liverpool

Photograph of the domed cathedral model

27 January - 22 April 2007

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

This exhibition showcased the stunning model of Sir Edwin Lutyens' unbuilt design for Liverpool's catholic cathedral. Lutyens' original vision for the cathedral was so ambitious that even the finely detailed model was never fully completed.

Once the design itself had been abandoned the model was neglected for many years, until it came into National Museums Liverpool's collections.

The model has now been fully conserved and completed to Lutyens' final design. You can find out more about the history of the model and more using the links below.

A man in a dark suit sitting on the cathedral model

Model maker John Thorp (the younger) sitting on the 
Lutyens cathedral model.


When the model was gifted to the Walker Art Gallery in 1975 it was in poor condition with considerable damage. Find out how our conservation department worked on the model to restore it here.

Current location

The exhibition has now closed but you can see the model on display in the Museum of Liverpool, where it is one of the key exhibits in the People's Republic gallery.