Museum of Liverpool: L8 Unseen

3 April – 6 September 2015

Open daily


L8 Unseen, a new exhibition of photography and filmed interviews exploring the communities living in Liverpool 8, opens at the Museum of Liverpool.

An area of the city that has come to be known simply by its postcode, ‘L8’, has often been used as shorthand for ‘riots and inner-city deprivation’. The exhibition challenges those preconceptions, revealing hidden stories from the people who live, work or have a passion for the area.

L8 Unseen has been produced by Marc Boothe of B3 Media who has worked extensively with community groups in the area over the past few months. His team uncovered a wealth of stories dating back more than 60 years.


There are at least 54 nationalities living in L8. Though it’s a small area of south Liverpool, the wealth of experiences of the people living there is incredibly diverse The exhibition features young local entrepreneurs, successful businesswomen, faith leaders, international sports champions, world-leading musicians, Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Protestants, teenagers, octogenarians, some who have never dared share their stories before but all sharing a passion for their community

The multi-media exhibition will give visitors a number of ways to access the content. A free smartphone app will play extracts from the oral history interviews as visitors view the large portraits. There will also be a continuous screening of the oral histories, complemented by archive photography and stories from the Liverpool 8 Old Photos Facebook group. Additionally, visitors will be encouraged to add their own L8 tales via a video booth.

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