Rocking horse


About this object

'Blackie' the rocking horse helped to make generations of Liverpool children very happy. He was the much-loved highlight of Blackler's children's clothing department and later Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Elizabeth Hawkins has very fond memories of Blackie when she visited the store as a child with her parents and brother in the 1950s:
"I loved that horse. It was like meeting up with a much loved and very dear old friend. I'd give him a huge hug and a stroke of his mane before I began to ride. I remember there was always a big queue of other children waiting their turn for a ride. Once I had ridden the horse, I would join the queue again!”

Blackie was gifted to Alder Hey by the department store when they sadly closed their doors for the last time in April 1988 after 80 years. He went on to become a well-loved feature of the central admissions and cardiac clinic.

He was kindly donated to the Museum of Liverpool by Alder Hey Children's Hospital League of Friends in 2004.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Rocking horse
  • Accession no.
  • Type
    Rocking horse
  • Artist/Maker
    J Collinson and Sons
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Wood; Metal; Leather
  • Location
    Museum of Liverpool, Second Floor, People's Republic
  • Measurements
    1540 mm x 2125 mm x 665 mm; weight 125kg
  • Related people
    Alder Hey Hospital () ; Blacklers Department Store () ; J Collinson and Sons (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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