Go behind the curtain at LJMU Special Collections and Archives

Curtain Rail

From the Home and Away archive (20th C consumer culture)(donated by ex-Dean Prof Roger Webster)

As part of the Heritage Open Days we are offering tours of our Special Collections and Archives. Our Special Collections and Archives cover topics from popular music (The Beatles and punk rock) and Liverpool culture (The Everyman Theatre and Willy Russell Archives) to the history of fashion (Liddell Hart Collection).

Get a behind the scenes look at our collections and see material never before exhibited. This year we will be featuring collections which are currently being used in teaching and research, such as Femorabilia collection of girls’ comics and women’s magazines.


From the Femorabilia Collection




Our small archive of Cunard ephemera has some new items added by a member of library staff who was on the recent Queen Mary Cunard 175 cruise. It is interesting to compare the menus and daily programmes with those from the 1960s and 70s.


Columbus Cunard Liner from Life on the Ocean Waves archive






You will also be able to find out information on a major Willy Russell exhibition opening in Knowsley in October and a being Human event, also open to the public, in Central Library on 21st November.

Booking is essential for our Heritage Open Days tours (max 12 people per tour) and they are not suitable for children under the age of 16.



Unity Theatre (new deposit received Summer 2015)

Tour times:

  • Thursday 10th September: 17:30-19:00
  • Friday 11th September 10:00-11:30
  • Saturday 12th September 10:00-11:30

To book contact Emily Parsons 0151 231 3241, email archives@ljmu.ac.uk


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