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Wirral archives' treasure features in new BBC2 history series

This fascinating print of the newly-built shipyard at Cammell Laird appears in a new BBC2 series which starts on Thursday, January 4, telling the story of Britain through the history of a single terraced house in Liverpool.

The print was loaned to programme makers by Wirral Archives Service, holders of Wirral Council's collection of documents, treasures and records dating from the 15th century. The original 1857 lithographic is held by the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.

The new four-part series tells the story of Britain from the 1840s to the present day. Presenter David Olusoga delves into 180 years of history, searching through city archives, scouring records and tracking down living descendants to tell the untold stories of the people who lived in the house, and reveal a unique insight into the making of modern Britain.

In the first episode, David follows the stories of the first inhabitants of the house in the 1840s and 1850s, discovering how the house came to be built as a merchant's residence by a canny property developer when Liverpool was one of the great trading ports of the British Empire. 

More details about the series here.