Remembering the Liverpool carters

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For more than 250 years horses had a regular presence on our streets. Liverpool carters and their horses even kept supply lines open during two World Wars. Their contribution to the city’s economy was considerable.

By the 1960s horses had largely disappeared from the streets of Liverpool, but displays in our Great Port gallery keeps alive the memory of their important work.

We like to maintain the colourful May Day tradition, when carters would decorate their horses and parade through the city, with craft activities for families at our museum. We’ll end the afternoon by decorating 'Waiting' the Monument to the Working Horse, with the garlands we’ve made, and honour the memory of this proud profession and these loyal horses.

Our afternoon of events will include:

1.30pm Welcome

1.35pm Review of Carters’ Horse Monument project with Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport, Work and Industry for National Museums Liverpool

2pm Judy Boyt, Sculptor – Talk on the making of the working horse monument ‘Waiting’

2.30pm Break for refreshments, make flowers and explore our Liverpool Carters’ handling collection

2.45pm Lyndsay Gavan – Talk on the Merseyside Mounted Police and their horses

3.30pm Procession to decorate the monument to the working horse outside the Museum of Liverpool (weather permitting)