Transport through time

Investigate different modes of transport and how people travelled in the past through exploration of some of the Museum of Liverpool's land transport collection, including the Overhead Railway and costumes of the time.

This session can be booked Monday to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

girl in a train driver's hat

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • £90 including VAT per session
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Workshop details

This session begins with considering how the group travelled to the Museum and to school. Key objects which utilise wind, horse, steam, pedal, electricity and fuel engine power in The Great Port gallery are explored. Objects explored include a model of a medieval ship, a carriage from the Earl of Derby's stables, the Lion locomotive, one of the worlds oldest surviving steam trains, a 1900 car and the 19th century bone shaker bicycle. Contrasting comparative speeds of travel, potential distances covered and comfort levels are explored. 

The Liverpool Overhead Railway, which opened in 1893, is investigated. The Overhead Railway was the first elevated electric line in the world and ran the length of the Liverpool docks. Groups climb aboard the last surviving original motor coach, which has electric motors mounted beneath the floor, a driving cab at one end and third class accommodation with wooden seats. Pupils are given costumes and tickets of the time and role play travelling on the Overhead Railway. The group investigate the gallery before we review all the forms of transport and power investigated in the session.