Liver bird sculpture

This object was displayed at BBC Radio Merseyside and in the former Magical History Tour exhibition.

Man looking at the Liver Bird sculpture

Museum of Liverpool on the road

Part of the 'on the road' programme, which toured objects to different locations while the Museum of Liverpool was constructed.

Object: Liver Bird sculpture

This Liver Bird finial, a symbol of Liverpool, took pride of place on the very top of the original St John's Market building in Liverpool. The building, which opened in 1822, was one of the first large scale covered markets. The ornate interior of the market was divided into five shopping avenues, corresponding to different food groups, and at night was lit by gas.

In 1964 the market was demolished as part of the redevelopment of the city centre to make way for St John's Shopping Centre. The Liver Bird was saved and  donated to National Museums Liverpool's collections. 

Stone Liver bird sculpture

Former locations

After over 100 years of being exposed to Liverpool's industry the Liver bird was greatly in need of expert cleaning by our sculpture conservators , so it is very appropriate that it went on display at the Conservation Centre from 16 November 2006 to 30 January 2007, before going 'on the road' again and moving to  the entrance foyer of  BBC Radio Merseyside  on Hanover Street, Liverpool. It was then featured in the Magical History Tour exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum from 2007 until 2009. 

You can now see this sculpture in the Museum of Liverpool's History Detectives gallery.

Follow the Liver bird trail

Liver bird symbol

There are lots more Liver birds in the museum - when you visit you can follow a Liver bird trail to see if you can find them all. Collect a printed copy from the welcome desk, or download this pdf: