Big future ahead for heritage jewel of Birkenhead

20 November 2023
wirral transport museum shown from the main entrance. The words "Wirral Transport Museum" are visible above the door

The transfer of Wirral Transport Museum from Wirral Council to a local Community Interest Company (CIC) has now been completed.

Big Heritage CIC, which already has a strong track record of running museums and visitor attractions in Merseyside and Chester, has now officially taken over the running of the Taylor Street attraction on a 28-year lease from the council.

Big Heritage can now begin work on transforming the existing museum into a vibrant and engaging space for visitors. Building renovations will develop spaces where visitors can explore Birkenhead’s rich transport history.

Sitting alongside Big Heritage’s other attractions - Western Approaches and Grasshopper - the re-imagined Transport Museum will remain part of a vibrant cultural offering across Birkenhead that also includes Wirral Council’s Williamson Art Gallery and Museum and The Priory.

Dean Paton, Founder and Managing Director of Big Heritage CIC

As a CIC, Big Heritage is a not-for-profit company, meaning any surplus income generated is re-invested into the Transport Museum or its other Birkenhead attractions.

There is real affection and enthusiasm for the Transport Museum, not least from the volunteers who have operated it in recent times. When we agreed the transfer earlier this year, it was on the proviso that their passion and hard work would be nurtured by the new operators and used as the base from which to build up the museum into an even more popular attraction in the coming years. I look forward to seeing Big Heritage’s big plans to develop the museum coming to fruition.

Cllr Helen Cameron, Chair of the Tourism, Communities, Culture and Leisure Committee for Wirral Council

The Big Heritage projects at Woodside are part of a wider programme to reconnect Woodside to Hamilton Square and the rest of Birkenhead.

Backed by £19.6m of funding through the government’s Levelling Up Fund, other aspects of the scheme include major infrastructure improvements with the removal of the gyratory and the relocation of the bus interchange area to create a new public space and replacing the ferry landing stage.

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