Between Land and Sea – 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast

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.


Opening Times

Monday – Saturday 10am -4pm

Sunday – 11am – 4pm (during Sefton school holidays only)


Themes

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.

Waterclour Princess Park Bridge by Matania

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.

 


Aviation

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.


Motor Racing

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.


Golf

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.


Inventions

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.

Click here.


Here are some of the images and artifacts on display in the musuem:

Family Activities

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.

Museum Trail

Full of questions and activities that will get children thinking and using their imagination.

I Spy Trail

Play I spy as you explore our new museum. A fun activity for all the family! Download here.

Shapes Trail

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