MORE than 25 years of The Picket is being celebrated in a new display at the Museum of Liverpool.
The Picket: On Music’s Front Line will record the story of the club, which has been part of the city’s grassroots music scene.
Developed in collaboration with its founder Philip Hayes, the display uses objects, quotes and film to unravel The Picket’s history, which began in the Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployed Resource Centre on Hardman Street in 1983.
Paul Gallagher, curator of contemporary collecting at the Museum of Liverpool, said: “The Picket has been such an important part of the Liverpool music and youth scene. It’s still here, still making a difference and it was vital we represented it within the Wondrous Place gallery which celebrates the city’s creative and sporting talents. It’s not all been plain sailing for the venue. It’s survived closures, funding cuts and industry changes to come out on top. It’s a great story to tell and remains very close to many people’s hearts.”
With funding support from famous names including Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney, The Picket was launched to give the young and unemployed an opportunity to record and perform.