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Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower


National Museums Liverpool’s vehicle collection will go on display at the Museum of Liverpool

For the first time in 20 years, highlights from National Museums Liverpool’s vehicle collection will go on display at the Museum of Liverpool. Liverpool on Wheels: from horses to horsepower (14 February 2020 – 1 November 2020) will offer a unique insight into the fabulous array of vehicles built in and around Liverpool.

National Museums Liverpool has a much-loved collection of vehicles, ranging from bicycles to horse-drawn carriages. The exhibition will showcase those built by local companies such as Pickering Brothers, Harry Quinn and Fords.

Visitors to this fascinating exhibition can expect to see bicycles, carts and cars. From a Rushton Velocipede (1870) to a Range Rover Evoque (2012), each object is used as a gateway to tell the story of Liverpool’s impressive transport history. Also, on display are a bright yellow Ford Escort MK1 complete with fluffy dice, a horse-drawn milk cart, and a rare AER motorcycle.

Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport & Industry said, “I’m excited we are having a transport exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool. Many of these vehicles have never been on display or have not been seen for a long time.  It’s a great opportunity to showcase the vehicles that have been made in Liverpool and the remarkable manufacturing history of the city.

“I love the contrast between the Vulcan Motorcar of 1910 and the Range Rover Evoque, with one hundred years between them, both have the same basic principle but are so different in design and technology.”

Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower will explore the city’s remarkable history of transport innovation and manufacturing – which continues today.

Following the Museum of Liverpool’s recent success, when it won a public vote in the Kids in Museums’ Family Friendly Awards in the large Museum category, Liverpool on Wheels promises to be a hit with transport-enthusiasts of all ages.


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