Southport exhibition showcases Sefton’s rich live music heritage

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A new exhibition in Southport will put the spotlight on Sefton’s rich live music heritage from the golden years of pop.

Over the past year Sefton CVS has been running an innovative programme called Play it Forward with the help of Heritage Lottery funding.

This has involved young Sefton residents liaising with older people to research the live music scene in the borough from the 1950s to the 1980s and finding out more about the remarkable people and places associated with it.

As well as carrying out face-to-face interviews with musicians, producers, promoters, writers and fans, the young researchers, photographers and filmmakers have also been visiting museums, archives and venues.

The results of their efforts over the last 12 months will now be on view in the Discovery Box at The Atkinson in Southport from Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th February..

Sefton CVS Project Co-ordinator, Caroline Scott, added: “The young people involved in Play it Forward have been gathering first-hand information from people connected to Sefton’s music scene during this classic period.

“The exhibition will give visitors the chance to explore this newly-discovered collection of social history, as well as an opportunity to take part in creative writing and craft workshops that give a fun insight into the work.”

During the week the exhibition will also feature regular performances by musicians of all ages reflecting some of the highlights of Sefton’s pop music past.

The Play it Forward exhibition is open at The Atkinson from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday.

South Sefton residents will also have the chance to see the exhibition next month when it moves to the ‘Strand By Me’ community shop in Bootle Strand Shopping Centre on 11th/12th March.


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