Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, opens 14 September
The development of tram systems was pioneered in the UK in Birkenhead in 1860. In 1868 the first official trams ran on the streets of Liverpool. Originally pulled by horses, by 1902 most of the system had been electrified.
For more than 80 years trams transported millions of people in and around Liverpool. They were considered cheap and reliable, yet noisy and often rickety. Many people fondly remember the routes and numbers of the trams they took to work, went courting on or travelled to school on – do you?
The advent of buses and private cars led to the demise of the tram system and it was closed down in 1957. On 14 September 1957 Liverpool’s trams paraded through the streets for the last time.
This display of photographs and objects marks 60 years since Liverpool’s last tram.