Anfield museum gets revamp

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Anfield © Google Earth

Anfield © Google Earth

A new interactive museum will be launched this week at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium.

The development will feature alongside the club’s current stadium tour and is expected to bring new and exciting features to the already popular ‘LFC Story’ history exhibition.

With the club’s unrivalled history, an average of 160,000 people visit the stadium and museum each year, outside of games.

The museum already holds all five European Cups along with dozens of other trophies the club has won over the last 120 years.

Tom Cassidy, Commercial Tourism Manager at the club, told JMU Journalism: “I have been in this role for four and a half years now and straight away the museum was high on my list of priorities.

“The last time we had a noticeable investment was before 2000. The museum did not have adequate investment, it was as a separate entity, which was not as good.

“Previously at Anfield outside of match day the stadium was the same but now there is an opportunity for people on our doorstep to come back and see a difference.”

The new developments are both cosmetic and more family appealing with the museum celebrating the careers of modern-day players as well as Reds legends with significant artefacts 1892 to the present day on display, including memorabilia from the recently-retired defender Jamie Carragher.

It will also include a new game, ‘Place the Penalty’, where you can act out taking a penalty during the famous 2005 European Cup Final win in Istanbul.

Cassidy added: “For the first time the museum is appealing and accessible to children, interactive games make it perfect for all of the family. The club has recently instated a mascot, Mighty Red, and so we now have ‘mighty facts’ featured around the museum at a lower level so that children can play along.”

Kop legend Phil Thompson also gives a running commentary during tours of his experience of being a player, assistant manager and fan of Liverpool.

The museum will potentially be in line for new, bigger space with the overall development of the stadium. It could be two or three times larger than it is currently if and when Anfield is upgraded in the coming years.

About Simone Foggin, JMU Journalism