National Museums Liverpool is wheeling out some of its biggest exhibits for a new show which celebrates the city’s transport history.
Liverpool on Wheels: From Horses to Horsepower opens at the Museum of Liverpool next month and features more than 20 vehicles from the last 150 years.
The earliest artefact going on display is a Thomas McCall Velocipede – the forerunner of the modern bicycle, propelled by pedals attached to the front wheel – dating from 1868, while the newest is a Ranger Rover Evoque which came off the production line at Halewood in 2011.
Other exhibits include a Victorian milk float and baker’s van, a 120-year-old bath chair from Speke Hall, a Vulcan motor car from 1910, Second World War ‘sack truck’, rare motorbikes, and Ford Escorts from the 1970s and 80s – one complete with fluffy dice.
A baker's van circa 1900
It is the first time in 20 years highlights from the museum’s vehicle collection have gone on show.
Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport & Industry said: “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 100 years between them, both have the same basic principle but are so different in design and technology.”
Liverpool on Wheels: From Horses to Horsepower is at the Museum of Liverpool from February 14 to November 1.