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Gerry and the Pacemakers: Hit makers and record breakers

Pier Head
Liverpool
L3 1DG

Tel: 0151 478 4545

This is an image of the Merseybeat group, including Gerry Marsden holding his guitar along with the 'Pacemakers'.

About

This new exhibition features more than 30 photographs which capture the wit, warmth and energy of Merseybeat group, Gerry and the Pacemakers on their rapid rise to fame.

Following The Beatles’ incredible success in 1963, the Merseybeat explosion catapulted local groups to national fame, in particular Gerry and the Pacemakers. In just 18 months the band had six British top ten hits and were the first act ever to reach number one in the UK singles charts with their first three releases.

Taken by local photographers Graham Spencer and Peter Kaye, these images explore the excitement of the period and the group’s enduring bond to Liverpool.

The exhibition includes evocative images of Gerry and the Pacemakers performing to enthusiastic crowds in the Cavern Club. The photographs capture Gerry Marsden’s charisma and connection with the crowd in the heady atmosphere of the world’s most famous cellar.

Arguably the band’s most enduring song, 'Ferry Cross the Mersey', is one of nine original tracks Gerry wrote for the film of the same name. Manager Brian Epstein had been keen to capitalise on the band’s early success and the film is a fictionalised account of their remarkable story. The exhibition features a number of photographs taken on set during the film’s concert sequences at the Locarno Ballroom, Liverpool.

A selection of promotional images of the band larking about around St George’s Hall capture the band’s abundant confidence and sense of humour. Other images reveal the boys at their touring peak as well as relaxing with fellow Liverpool star, Cilla Black.

Image: © National Museums Liverpool

Facilities

Other

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By road: The Pier Head is on the waterfront close to Liverpool city centre and the Liverpool One complex. Follow signposts for the Albert Dock from the motorway and other main routes into the city centre. You may want to use AA route planner to plan your journey.

 

By train: Get the latest information about local train services on the Merseyrail website. James Street station is the closest and is only a couple of minutes walk away. This station is served by the Wirral Line trains only. Moorfields station, which is served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is about 5 minutes walk away. Liverpool Central station is about 15 to 20 minutes walk away and is also served by the Northern and Wirral Lines. The Museum is about a 20 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street station - Liverpool's mainline train station.

By bus: The nearest bus station is at Paradise Street, near the Liverpool One complex. Some bus services also drop off at the Pier Head, right by the museum. Full details of bus services are on the Merseytravel website.

By ferry: The Mersey Ferries terminal is right next to the Museum at the Pier Head. An hourly service runs throughout the day from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral, with a more frequent commuter service before 10am and after 4pm.

By coach: The National Express coach station is at Norton Street, about a 25 minute walk away. Coaches bringing private groups can drop off at the Pier Head, close to the entrance to the museum.

By bicycle: There are lots of bicycle bays opposite the entrance to the museum, by the Great Western Railway building.

Parking: There are car parks in the nearby Liverpool ONE complex opposite the entrance to the Albert Dock. Q-Park Strand Street has 2000 underground spaces, Q-Park Gradwell Street has 560 multi-storey spaces and Q-Park John Lewis has 580 multi-storey spaces. The entrance to the Strand Street car park is opposite the Albert Dock and is accessible from the centre of the road in both directions. The Gradwell Street car park is opposite BBC Radio Merseyside and the John Lewis car park is located opposite the Paradise Street bus interchange and the police station.

Blue badge parking spaces: There are six blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the museum entrance, by the Great Western Railway building. These are about 30 metres from the entrance and need to be pre-booked. To book a space call 0151 478 4545.

A complete access guide for the Museum of Liverpool is available on the Disabled Go website.

Shopmobility: Visitors with mobility probelms may like to make use of Liverpool's Shopmobility service. You can hire equipment including manual and electric wheelchairs and electric scooters. The shop is on the third floor of Liverpool One shopping centre, close to the accessible parking bays in the Strand Street Q-Park. Equipment must be booked in advance and there is a charge. More information can be found on the  Liverpool One website or by calling 0151 707 0877.

Dial-a-ride: The Merseylink Service is a dial-a-ride service for Merseyside people with mobility problems or difficulties, who cannot use or have difficulty using public transport. The service runs from 8am to 11pm daily and can be used by members for travel anywhere in Merseyside. The service is free for members and one essential travel companion. For further information contact Merseylink on 0151 709 1929.

Public Transport Directions

By train: Get the latest information about local train services on the Merseyrail website. James Street station is the closest and is only a couple of minutes walk away. This station is served by the Wirral Line trains only. Moorfields station, which is served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is about 5 minutes walk away. Liverpool Central station is about 15 to 20 minutes walk away and is also served by the Northern and Wirral Lines. The Museum is about a 20 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street station - Liverpool's mainline train station.

By bus: The nearest bus station is at Paradise Street, near the Liverpool One complex. Some bus services also drop off at the Pier Head, right by the museum. Full details of bus services are on the Merseytravel website.

By ferry: The Mersey Ferries terminal is right next to the Museum at the Pier Head. An hourly service runs throughout the day from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral, with a more frequent commuter service before 10am and after 4pm.

By coach: The National Express coach station is at Norton Street, about a 25 minute walk away. Coaches bringing private groups can drop off at the Pier Head, close to the entrance to the museum.

By bicycle: There are lots of bicycle bays opposite the entrance to the museum, by the Great Western Railway building.

Parking: There are car parks in the nearby Liverpool ONE complex opposite the entrance to the Albert Dock. Q-Park Strand Street has 2000 underground spaces, Q-Park Gradwell Street has 560 multi-storey spaces and Q-Park John Lewis has 580 multi-storey spaces. The entrance to the Strand Street car park is opposite the Albert Dock and is accessible from the centre of the road in both directions. The Gradwell Street car park is opposite BBC Radio Merseyside and the John Lewis car park is located opposite the Paradise Street bus interchange and the police station.

Blue badge parking spaces: There are six blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the museum entrance, by the Great Western Railway building. These are about 30 metres from the entrance and need to be pre-booked. To book a space call 0151 478 4545.

A complete access guide for the Museum of Liverpool is available on the Disabled Go website.

Shopmobility: Visitors with mobility probelms may like to make use of Liverpool's Shopmobility service. You can hire equipment including manual and electric wheelchairs and electric scooters. The shop is on the third floor of Liverpool One shopping centre, close to the accessible parking bays in the Strand Street Q-Park. Equipment must be booked in advance and there is a charge. More information can be found on the  Liverpool One website or by calling 0151 707 0877.

Dial-a-ride: The Merseylink Service is a dial-a-ride service for Merseyside people with mobility problems or difficulties, who cannot use or have difficulty using public transport. The service runs from 8am to 11pm daily and can be used by members for travel anywhere in Merseyside. The service is free for members and one essential travel companion. For further information contact Merseylink on 0151 709 1929.

Opening Times

Season (14 July 2017 - 7 Jan 2018)
DayTimes
Monday10:0017:00
Tuesday10:0017:00
Wednesday10:0017:00
Thursday10:0017:00
Friday10:0017:00
Saturday10:0017:00
Sunday10:0017:00
Bank Holiday10:0017:00

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