A Visit to The British Music Experience
After all, music is what brought me back to Liverpool this past fall, for the weekend of psychedelic bliss known as Liverpool Psych Fest. And it so happened that one blustery, late September morning I found myself with some time to kill before the various festival happenings, walking along the Albert Dock, home of the famous Beatles Story exhibit...and walking right on by. I decided, as I have been known to do, to avoid the popular thing and instead seek out something a bit more under the radar.
There would be no Beatles-specific outing for me that morning, no sir. I was bound and determined to visit the one and only British Music Experience. Into the wind I walked, and was nearly blown into the glamorous Cunard Building, home to the newly-installed BME. Originally exhibited in London, the BME moved to Liverpool this year, and fits this Northwestern music city hand in glove.
I was lucky on the morning of my visit, thanks to the dismal weather I had the place virtually to myself for the duration of my time at the BME. As soon as I walked into the main room, I knew I had hit the music nerd jackpot. For someone who's been into music from the UK as long as I have, the BME was a treasure trove. Organized chronologically, the exhibits start virtually at the beginning of it all, covering the earliest forms of UK rock (hello, skiffle!) and diving right in from there.
|That famous Jackson Pollock-esque Stone Roses look|
The recommended wandering around time is 90s minutes, but I was easily there for close to three hours. I made an initial circuit, then circled back more than once to several key displays (hello, Beatles "Get Back" door, David Bowie stage outfits, Oasis Union Jack guitar, etc.). Each display case is thoughtfully arranged, and staged just so to ensure that the priceless musical artifacts within are given the proper visibility. Interactive podiums are peppered throughout, offering an opportunity to dig deeper into all manner of music history tidbits.
|Get back, Loretta|
All in all, I had a splendid time on my visit to the British Music Experience. Between the quality of memorabilia the BME has in its collection and the friendly, welcoming staff (shoutout to Craig for being a ridiculously great host), I can't recommend this place enough. For music lovers looking for something special in Merseyside, look no further than the British Music Experience.
[all photos copyright Megan Petty]