On the Waterfront

From 25 January 2019

Free entry

Donations welcome

Liverpool’s docks transformed the fortunes of the city. Their story is a 300 year journey that turned a small, regional port into one of the world’s great maritime centres.

From the opening of the world’s first commercial wet dock in 1715, this exhibition documents the changing fortunes of Liverpool's waterfront and the impact the docks have had on the city. 

A section dedicated to the Three Graces at the Pier Head includes reproductions of two recently donated Stewart Bale images of the Cunard building under construction during the First World War. One of the photographs, dated 1913, is now the oldest image held in the Stewart Bale collection.

The exhibition also recognises 21st century changes to the waterfront including another National Museums Liverpool venue, the Museum of Liverpool.

The waterfront has changed greatly in appearance and use since the construction of the Old Dock, but it remains an important symbol and focal point of the city.

Visit Liverpool's Old Dock

Step back in time and visit the place where it all started on a tour of Liverpool's Old Dock. Tours are held every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Events and activities

We also hold a number of events and activities in the exhibition space. Occasionally we need to close the exhibition temporarily to accomodate this, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Header image: Plan of Liverpool Dock Estate, 1930. MDHB plan collection, courtesy Peel Ports.



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