The Stage is Set

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St Peter's Church Hall Stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney met in 1957

As we highlighted on yesterday’s blog, National Museums Liverpool is part of 350 museums and institutions across the country to have teamed up with the BBC for A History of the World project.

The BBC revealed yesterday a list of 10 objects chosen to tell a history of Merseyside and its place in the world. Five of these objects are part of National Museums Liverpool’s collection, and each will be featured on BBC Radio Merseyside over the next two weeks.


Tony Snell’s breakfast programme yesterday revealed the first object to be St Peter’s Church Hall Stage, and our curator of contemporary collecting Paul Gallagher, can be heard telling the story of the stage and its place in history.


Who’d have thought that in 1957, the stage would provide the meeting point for the world’s greatest song writing team, and signal the beginnings of the ‘Fab Four’?


The stage was most recently on display in The Beat Goes On exhibition which told the story of Liverpool’s musical heritage at World Museum, and will be on display at the new Museum of Liverpool when it opens in Spring 2011.