Globe columnist Peter Grant takes a trip down Moptop memory lane at the opening of a new permanent Beatles museum.

Merseyside has its fair share of Fab Four shrines from The Beatles Story at the Albert Dock to various statues and plaques at the Pier Head and Penny Lane.

But do we need another?

The answer on experiencing the Magical History Museum is a resounding ‘yeah, yeah, yeah.’

You ’aint seen nothing like this.

It is a dream come true – for one man.

Roag is the brother of first Beatles drummer Pete and son of Neil Aspinall and Mona Best.

Neil was with the band from his day as a roadie right through to his crucial role as MD of Apple until his death.

Now Roag and his dedicated team have created some spine-tingling memorabilia displays from the Beatles personal archives.

There are now 300 on show.

But he has more than 1200 (most are in storage) and it his intention to rotate and change them around so that people can come back time and time again.

Already visitors from America have waxed lyrical on Facebook and social media.

Many objects have never been seen before.

Items that had belonged to their inner circle for decades are fascinating to see close up.

All these priceless pieces are lovingly put together on five floors spanning the long and winding story of the greatest band in music history.

It will be ever-evolving a thanks to Roag’s collection and where better to be situated than in Mathew Street - opposite the Cavern where the Beatles played 262 times and where Paul recently did a secret gig.

Guests at the grand opening launch party who signed the Wall of Fame and gave it the thumbs up, included: Join’s half sister Julia Baird; Lady Anne Dodd - Sir Ken’s widow; film maker Colin McKeown; broadcaster Spencer Leigh, author Tim Quinn; Lennon’s Banjo writer Rob Fennah; football legends Alan Kennedy and Joe Royle and leading Beatle tour guide Jackie Spencer.

And, of course, The Wirral Globe

Former Beatle Pete Best took to the drums for a unique performance before the doors were officially opened.

Stunning exhibits will delight fans old and new from all over the world.

Astonishing props from the Magical Mystery tour film – a piano, cello and clapperboard

There’s a toy stagecoach gift from Elvis to the Beatles

And most curiously a roll of film that features photos of John Lennon yet to be revealed.


‘‘Watch this space,’’ says Roag.

There are John’s medals from the cover of Sgt Pepper, gifts and sentimental souvenirs each of the the Beatles brought back from their world tours.

Roag who runs the Casbah Coffee Club tourist attraction told the Globe he was a happy man: ‘‘It took ten years to create. There’s a lot of love in this museum.’’

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

The Beatles have come home ...


A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Magical History Museum, 23 Mathew Street.

L2 6RE

Tickets £15 adults children £7.50

under fives free

0151 236 8333