The Story of Sefton
Between Land and Sea tells the story of the many people who have lived and worked along our coast.
Explore the history of the Sefton coast from prehistoric times to the present day showcasing the development of Sefton’s tourist towns of Southport and Birkdale, the outstanding natural habitats from Marshside to Formby Point and the major industrial port of Bootle.
Monday – Saturday 10am -4pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
Take a walk through the musuem as it details the story of the coast. Each aspect of the coast is covered whether prehistoric, abundant, dangerous, inspirational, natural or stylish.
Image is Waterclour Princess Park Bridge by Matania
The Musuem explores the history of the Sefton coast from prehistoric times to the present day showcasing the development of Sefton’s tourist towns of Southport and Birkdale, the outstanding natural habitats from Marshside to Formby Point and the major industrial port of Bootle.
As early as 1910 experimental flights were taking place along the Sefton coastline. Early aviator Cecil Compton Paterson tested his first aircraft at Freshfield beach, successfully taking off at his first attempt.
Sefton has a history of racing stretching back to the beginning of the automobile industry. In 1903 Southport staged a number of speed trials and sprints, with a course laid out along the Promenade and Lord Street. The speed trials included an entry by the first female racing driver Dorothy Levitt who went on to break numerous records as a speedboat driver, racing driver and aviator.
The Sefton coast has an extraordinary concentration of golf clubs stretching alongside the railway line from Liverpool to Southport. Landowners and railway companies often sited golf courses or encouraged their development as a means of stimulating residential development. Expensive villas sprang up around the golf courses and much of the economic development of our coastline can be traced back to the development of the ‘links’ courses from the 1870s onwards.
We celebrate the life and work of Sefton born Frank Hornby, creator of Meccanno, and of Frank Hampson, creator of Dan Dare and co creator of Eagle comic.
Find out more about Frank Hampson on this website.
Sefton at War
Bootle for its size, took the heaviest bombing in the country. On display is the map the German Bomber had of the area and the interactive display details how the area was affected.
Medals and Coins
Find out more about the Medals and Coin we have on this website.
Museums for Learning
If you are a school or college find out more about the variety of resources we have. From loan boxes to plays, we will bring the museum alive for you.
Here are some of the images and artifacts on display in the musuem:
Why not send an electronic postcard , imagine you’re a racing car driver or dress up as a lady from the 1920s? Or take part on one of our free family trails? Designed to help visitors of all ages have fun whilst exploring The Atkinson. All of the trails can be downloaded from our website or can be picked up when you get here.
Full of questions and activities that will get children thinking and using their imagination.
Play I spy as you explore our new museum. A fun activity for all the family! Download here.
Our museum is full of objects in all different shapes and sizes – see how many you can spot.
Image is Bootle Bay, 1825 – Unknown Artist