Liverpool History for Schools.

Welcome to the history of Liverpool.

Discover there is more to Liverpool history than the slave trade, Irish immigration and The Beatles! This history of Liverpool website is perfect for schools and local Liverpool history study.

Over 2021 new KS2 / KS3 school teaching resources are being added to this site. Ideal for teaching local history. Free lesson materials, PowerPoints, worksheets, quizzes, activities and image galleries all in one place.


(Stone Age  Industrial Revolution and Victorian resources are now completed- Romans next)

Random Liverpool History fact

Liverpool has the most Grade-II Listed Buildings outside London

Old Liverpool film

Youtube Channel.

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Victorian Liverpool Film

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Carve a name for yourself in Stone Age Liverpool.

See the Mesolithic Stone Age settlement just outside of Crosby. Find out where people lived during Stone Age Liverpool. See why the River Alt was important. See what the ancient footprints at Formby look like. Learn about the ancient Calder Stones. The historic burial chamber that used to be at Calderstones Park.

Click here to start your journey through Liverpool 8000 years ago, in the Stone Age.

Free Stone Age Teaching Material

  • KS2 Friendly facts about the Stone Age. (Differentiated for reading ability)
  • A gallery of Stone Age photos (Great quality and easy to browser and copy from)
  • Stone Age Teaching Resources (Differentiated Worksheets) and Powerpoints. With simple text and large interesting images to stimulate discussion.
  • Huge Collection of Quizzes and Learning Activities (Stone Age Wordsearch, Matching & Sequencing Neolithic Tools, Animal Paintings, Archeology Fact-Finding etc...)
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What did the Romans ever do for Liverpool?

The answer is, more than you think. There is evidence of Roman remains scattered all over Merseyside. From the Roman trade port in Wirral to an ancient Roman wishing-well at Halebank. A Roman road was found in Aigburth and Roman relics have been unearthed all over Liverpool.

Discover the theories of the Mersey Earthquake. This is perhaps why the Roman’s never settled in Liverpool? See the Tarbock Tile Factory which made pottery for Chester barracks.  Find out what Celtic tribe your Liverpool ancestors belonged to.

Click here to start your journey through Roman Liverpool. They never had an amphitheatre to play footy in, but the Romans were definitely here!

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The Norman Conquest of Liverpool

Discover the scouse connections with the Battle of Hastings. Find out how people in Anglo-Saxon West Derby trained killer hawks. Read what the Domesday book said about YOUR ancestors with an English translation of the Liverpool Domesday book page!

See what the Motte and Bailey West Derby Castle looked like. Learn what the West Derby Hundred was all about.

Click here to discover facts about Liverpool and the Norman Conquest.

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Liverpool in Medieval Times

Find out how Liverpool gets its name in 1207. Learn that King John wasn’t such a bad guy after all. See exactly where Liverpool Castle stood, with then and now photos of Liverpool Castle. It was good enough for Royalty to stay there! Discover your place in the medieval feudal system.

See the original seven streets that Liverpool had and exactly where they are today. Find out where Liverpool's Medieval Sanctuary Stone is.

Click here to discover facts about the founding of Liverpool in the Medieval era.

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The Black Death Plague arrives in Liverpool

It's summer 1349 but it's freezing! Liverpool's streets have only just had pavements fitted! The place is full of death and disease and then the plague arrives! Learn about the Black Death Plague. Discover where it came from. Find out how people tried to cure it. A quarter of Liverpool's population dies when the Plague arrived.

Click here to discover facts about how the Black Death affected Liverpool.

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Liverpool in the Late Middle Ages

Discover how rich Liverpool rivals, the Molyneux and Stanley families, nearly tore town apart with a 3000 men riot. See a photo gallery of the Tower of Liverpool. Read about the scousers who fought in France at the Battle of Agincourt. And the Liverpool men who helped to end the War of the Roses.

Find out the origins of the Eagle and Child, Croxteth Hall and Knowsley Hall. Squirm as the Princes in the Tower meet their fate via deadly scouse hands!

Click here to learn the 'forgotten' story of Liverpool during the 1400s.

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The English Civil War comes to Liverpool

It’s Crown versus Parliament in the Civil War.  Learn about Prince Rupert’s Tower that features on the Everton badge. See 'then and now' maps to see exactly where Civil War battles took place in Liverpool. Find out what may have happened at Childwall and how the haunted Bloody Acre got its name.

Read about the dashing Cavallier Prince Rupert. In 1644, backed by 10,000 men, his magical dog and ‘invisible’ monkey, he trashed Liverpool Castle. If that's not all, the King’s head was chopped off and Christmas was cancelled!!!

Click here to learn the Seige of Liverpool during the Civil War. A conflict that killed more people than the first and second world wars combined.

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Georgian Liverpool and the Trans-Atlantic Trade Triangle. 

During the 1700s Liverpool became the centre of world trade. In addition to the slave trade, it was piracy – plundering other ships on the seven seas – that brought wealth to Liverpool. Learn facts about Liverpool in Georgian times and how the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade triangle worked.

Liverpool merchants made millions from importing cotton, rum, tobacco and sugar. Soon Georgian Liverpool became the tooth decay capital of the world!

Click here to learn the unpleasant truths about how Georgian Liverpool made its wealth. Slavery and Piracy are nothing to be proud of.

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Liverpool kickstarts the Industrial Revolution. 

Discover how Liverpool grows and becomes the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Learn about George Stephenson and The Rocket. The world's first train journey starts in Liverpool. It changes the world. Facts and an image gallery about the Rainhill Trials.

Learn about how the city changed in the late 1700s - early 1800s.  Find out which Liverpool train stations the Rocket visited. See the terrible conditions children worked in.

Click here to see Stephenson's Rocket and the start of Industrial Liverpool. Includes lots of pictures of old Liverpool and the birth of the railways.

Free Industrial Revolution Teaching Material

Victorian Liverpool: A splendid time is guaranteed for (almost) all!  

Facts about Victorian Liverpool. See the slum housing your ancestors lived in. Learn about Kitty Wilkinson and the Cholera epidemic.  Discover the history of Liverpool and Everton football clubs and learn that St George’s Hall wasn’t built back-to-front after all!

Read about Charles Dickens living and working in Liverpool. See ‘then and now’ photos to see how the city changed in Victorian times. An incredible legacy that great people left us.

Click here to marvel at Victorian-era Liverpool.

Free Victorian Liverpool Teaching Material

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World War Two and the Blitz of Liverpool  

Learn about Adolf Hitler living in Liverpool. Yes, Hitler didn’t just bomb our chippy, he could have worked in it! Discover the truth and half-truths about the Hitler family that lived in Liverpool.

Learn about how rationing and evacuation affected Liverpool during World War II. See photos of the devastation from the Blitz bombings in 1941.

Click here to read about Liverpool during the Second World War.

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