Spirit of the Blitz

Liverpool in the Second World War

10 July 2003 - 5 December 2004
This exhibition has now closed

The port of Liverpool played an important role in the Second World War, staying open to provide a vital supply route for Britain's survival. It was an obvious target for German bombers. As a result more than 4,000 people died, 10,000 homes were destroyed and 70,000 people made homeless during air raids which peaked with the May Blitz of 1941.

Through the collected memories of ordinary local people, this exhibition explored the way the city prepared, adapted and coped in the war years of 1939 to 1945. The conflict affected all of Merseyside. It was a time of comradeship and community spirit but also of sadness and destruction. The exhibition highlighted the plight of ordinary people getting on with their lives in the face of a terrible onslaught from the skies.

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Accompanying displays (also now closed)

The area around the dockside also adopted the Spirit of the Blitz while the exhibition was on. The Piermaster's House transformed to wartime style, complete with a  vegetable garden that would have helped to top up rations. In the Great Western Railway building, there were Second World War vehicles on display including emergency fire-fighting apparatus.