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Issue Date:- 11 February 2008


60 years of Liverpool music celebrated in new exhibition.  From The Beatles to The Zutons, Liverpool is a city buzzing with musical talent. This summer, the city that The Guinness Book of Records has named as World Capital City of Pop is host to an exciting exhibition dedicated to 60 years of Liverpool music. The Beat Goes On opens at World Museum Liverpool from 12 July 2008 to 1 November 2009.

A product of Liverpool’s edginess, energy and creativity the exhibition explores the city’s musical identity, its success and its continuing evolution. The exhibition reveals a rich musical heritage beginning with the early musical influences seeping into the city from across the Atlantic during the 1940s and 1950s, to the phenomenal success of Merseybeat and the continuing popularity of Merseyside musicians today.  Bursting with audio points, juke boxes and fascinating films, The Beat Goes On captures the vibrancy and creativity of Liverpool music.

Highlights include:-

* a hoard of fascinating objects and memorabilia from the Fab Four, including the first ever public display of the Woolton church stage where John and Paul first met in 1957 and one of the most vital pop collaborations was born. Other gems include the jacket worn by John Lennon during the band’s 1964 tour and the vibrant All You Need is Love bedcover from John and Yoko’s Bed-in-for-Peace demonstration in Montreal in 1969. The exhibition also provides an opportunity to look at the wealth of other bands that flourished in Liverpool during the swinging-sixties featuring archive video footage of other Merseybeat bands.

* an evocative look at Liverpool’s influential club Eric’s, which opened in 1976. Displays include a Vivienne Westwood suit designed for the cult band Deaf School and a range of wonderful ephemera from band t-shirts, photographs, posters and badges. One display also looks at the plethora of bands and artists which came to prominence at the time such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Ian Brodie, OMD, Pete Burns and Teardrop Explodes.

* an immersive space looks at the buoyant dance scene in Liverpool from Quadrant Park, a legendary Liverpool night club in the early 1990s, through to the super-club Cream. Stunning visuals combine with fond memories by DJs and clubbers of hedonistic nights out in Liverpool.

* an interactive exploration of the role of technology within modern music production. Working in collaboration with SAE (School of Audio Engineering) the exhibition features a mini-recording studio, attached to a karaoke-style room where visitors can sing along to classic Liverpool tunes and temporarily become the fifth Beatle or fourth Atomic Kitten! There is also a section for visitors to mix their own version of the OMD track Electricity and a version of Apple Mac’s computer programme Garage Band for visitors to experience producing their own track.

* objects from major Liverpool artists including Billy Fury’s guitar and a dress made for Lita Roza, the first British female artist to ever have a UK number one hit in 1953 with How Much is that Doggie in the Window? (this was also the first Liverpool artist’s UK number one).

* contemporary material from the most fashionable current club nights in Liverpool such as Chibuku and popular bands like The Coral and The Zutons, who are populating the charts today and carrying on Liverpool’s dominance in the area of popular music. The exhibition delves into the secret of successful music careers by exploring how musicians develop their skills, channel their inspiration and promote a strong identity.

The Beat Goes On is the 1st exhibition of its kind and draws on a wealth of material from record companies, institutions and private collectors as well as fascinating objects from National Museums Liverpool's own collection. The exhibition is supported by an online resource produced in collaboration with the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool. The exhibition also provides a small taste of the kind of displays that visitors will enjoy at Museum of Liverpool when it opens to the public in 2010/11.  In partnership with the University of Liverpool through the Institute of Popular Music. Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of the European Capital of Culture programme and SAE Institute


A survey carried out by the UK's longest established meningitis charity - The Meningitis Trust - suggests the true impact of this devastating disease is far greater than many people realise.  Results indicate that as many as 500,000 people living in the UK today have had either viral or bacterial meningitis at some time in their lives, with many of them have been left to cope with the after effects every day.

The survey, commissioned by the Meningitis Trust in its 21st anniversary year, also suggests that up to 10 million adults in the UK, as many as 1 adult in every 4, knows of someone who has contracted this life shattering disease.

"That doesn't mean they have read about it in a newspaper or seen something on television. It means relatives or friends, people they work with or people from their local community. It could be their local tradesman or teacher, someone at the gym they go to or a parent they know from the school gates. It is people that they come into contact with every day.  These survey results reflect what we have believed for many years.

For every individual who has fought meningitis there are many more whose lives have been touched by it in one way or another. In many cases their lives will never be the same again." said Sue Davie, Chief Executive of the Meningitis Trust.

Meningitis is known as a killer disease. It kills more children under the age of 5 than any other infectious disease. But it can strike anyone at any time and at any age. Around 3,000 cases of bacterial meningitis occur every year in the UK and there are probably more than double that number of cases of viral meningitis.

"The truth is that many people do survive meningitis, but thousands are left with debilitating after effects including deafness, blindness, limb loss, learning difficulties, memory issues and behavioural problems.

The impact of meningitis may also cause relationship difficulties and an enforced change of lifestyle.  At the same time their families may be struggling to understand and having to take lots of time off work, friends don't know what to say or do and the local community is scared.   

Meningitis is like a pebble dropped into a pool of water.   It has a ripple effect which has an impact on more people than many realise.   That's why the work of the Meningitis Trust is so important.

We are here for everyone struggling to cope with the impact of meningitis. 

We believe there are many people today suffering in silence who really need our support and we know that without doubt there will be many thousands more in future.

There will always be meningitis and that means there will always be a need for the Meningitis Trust." said Sue Davie.

The Meningitis Trust provides services, support and information which are a lifeline for everyone touched by meningitis, as well as raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease.  Around 20,000 people are helped each year through a 24-hour helpline (0800 028 1828), professional counselling, financial grants, home visits, one-to-one contact & community support... anything that will improve the quality of life.

Additionally the Trust distributes millions of leaflets, posters, symptoms cards, information sheets and other materials which raise awareness of meningitis.

Sue Davie added:- "All that requires a lot of money and we rely entirely on the generosity of individuals, companies and organisations, people who give us voluntary donations.

We want to continue doing as much as possible to make life after meningitis worth living again, but we need help to do that."

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