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Museum needs memories to restore historic “first” Beatle stage.

This may be one of the largest pieces of Beatles memorabilia.  I mean it can’t be considered a building, maybe we’ll just call it a Beatle landmark.  I would think that the Quarrymen stage  would fall under the category of ephemera.  Restoring that piece of Beatle history is truly a unique undertaking.  I mean, afterall, it really is where it all began.  Pre-Hamburg, Pre-Ringo, pre-everything. 

a photograph of an old green wooden stage in a workshop

Without stepping onto that stage nothing else would have happened at all.  Too cool.  It just looks like they may need a little bit of help putting it back to the historically accurate way it was before.

Here’s what we’ve read.

a photograph shwoing the inside support joists of the stage

The stage upon which John Lennon’s Quarrymen skiffle group performed in 1957. © National Museums Liverpool

Museum staff in Liverpool reconstructing the iconic church hall stage where John Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 are appealing for people who remember its original appearance to help in its reconstruction.

The stage from St Peter’s Church Hall, Woolton, Liverpool, was the platform upon which John Lennon’s Quarrymen skiffle group performed – a gig at which Paul McCartney was a spectator.

The rickety structure was acquired by National Museums Liverpool, with the help of Liverpool City Council, when the church hall was renovated and now staff hope the artefact will be a major attraction in the new Museum of Liverpool opening in 2010.

Before the stage can be displayed, conservators need to return it to its original appearance on the day of the church’s annual garden fete, Saturday 6 July 1957, when the historic meeting between John and Paul took place.

A mutual friend introduced the two and Paul demonstrated his singing and guitar skills. The Quarrymen were so impressed they later invited Paul to join the group. As John later famously commented: “That was the day, the day I met Paul, that it started moving.”

“This stage is very significant in the history of popular music,” explained Paul Gallagher, the Museum of Liverpool’s curator of contemporary collecting. “If John hadn’t met Paul that day there could have been no Beatles or the international popularity of the Liverpool sound which spearheaded a musical and social revolution.”

“Some major structural and decorative changes were made throughout the life of the stage. We would like to know when these changes took place in relation to 6 July 1957.”

The stage has been extended at the front and re-painted several times and staff are keen to hear from parishoners or club members who used in the 1950s and 60s. “It would be wonderful to hear from anyone who was there when The Quarrymen performed,” added Paul. “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone with documentary evidence of the stage during this period – old film or still photographs.”

Paul Gallagher can be contacted on 0151 478 4573 or paul.gallagher@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Source: 24Hour Museum


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