Posts tagged with 'dockers'
27 May 2011 by Lucy
Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport for National Museums Liverpool, pays tribute to Liverpool carter Jimmy Doran.
Jimmy Doran (27th February, 1931 – 24th May, 2011)
I first met Jimmy Doran at precisely 11am on 20th January 1999. He had telephoned me a few days earlier with the ominous line “I’ve got something I want to talk to you about.”
This ‘something’ turned out to be the history of the Liverpool Carter and their horses. Jimmy and his friends, all former Carters, wanted to put up a monument to the Liverpool Working Horse in the city centre and had started a fundraising campaign. From that first meeting I was hooked – on the project, but also on the Carters (ask anyone in my office!) Read more…
8 September 2009 by Sam
With just over a week to go until the exhibition ‘Liverpool People by Stephen Shakeshaft‘ opens at the National Conservation Centre, here’s another photo from his archive that didn’t quite make it into the exhibition. Stephen took many photos of the dockers during his career as picture editor and chief photographer of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, and remembers that they were real characters:
“They provided the backbone to the city and its commerce. They also provided the material for the jokes of Liverpool comedians. They were very suspicious of a man with a camera. ‘Don’t take my picture, lad – take his – he has his makeup on!’ Whoever sold caps went out of business when the dockers went. Walking around Canada Dock you had to keep your eyes skinned and spend as much time looking up as concentrating on your subject; ‘Watch your ‘ead, lad’. Read more…