The £72m Museum of Liverpool is an exceptional learning and community resource as well as a high quality contemporary public building. It has been built in one of the city’s most prominent locations, the World Heritage Site between the Albert Dock and the Pier Head and next to the Three Graces, visible from both the river and the city.
Redman Design has created five of the museum’s galleries: People’s Republic, Great Port, Liverpool Overhead Railway, History Detectives and City Soldiers. Key exhibits featuring in these galleries include an 1838 steam locomotive, an original third class railway carriage suspended above the gallery at its working height, a lock gate from the original Liverpool Dock and a model of the Catholic Cathedral by architect Edwin Lutyens.
From geological evolution in the Ice Age, through the pioneering development of the port infrastructure, expansion in the Industrial Revolution to the great 19th and 20th century docks The Great Port gallery presents the story of Liverpool’s docks. Multimedia displays and AV installations explore the working life of the port’s dock, transport and factory workers and there are spectacular large exhibits including Lion, a steam locomotive from 1838; a horse-drawn carriage, a steam tractor, an early car and an eland antelope.
The themes of identity and social change explored in People’s Republic are central to understanding what has shaped the character of Liverpool and its people. With the client team we set out to challenge popular opinion and stereotypes and reveal hidden stories through the voices of the people of Liverpool.
The museum gives unprecedented access to more than 10,000 objects from the vast wealth of collections held by National Museums Liverpool, many of which have never been on public display.