Liverpool lives
From 14 June 2019
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Free entry

This exhibition reveals the devastation the Blitz brought to the lives and city of Liverpool in photographs taken by Liverpool City Police between 1940 and 1941. The photographs are accompanied by personal accounts, which bring to life the impact of the war through the eyes of those directly affected by the bombings.

The port city of Liverpool and surrounding areas were key targets for German bombers during the Second World War (1939-45). In Merseyside more than 4,000 civilians were killed, 10,000 homes were destroyed and 70,000 people made homeless during air raids, which peaked in the Blitz of May 1941.

Liverpool itself suffered the second highest number of civilian deaths in air raids in the country and, due to censorship, press reports often didn’t tell the whole story.

At the heart of this exhibition is the people of Liverpool; those affected by the Blitz – their memories, struggles with the aftermath and how they rebuilt their lives in the face of a terrible onslaught.

Sensory elements enable visitors to experience wartime aromas and hands-on tactile images.


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“They tried to wipe us off the face of the earth. They nearly did but they didn't quite, did they?”
Mrs Dorothy Laycock, a child during the Liverpool Blitz


tinted portrait on a mirror

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