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Six-year-old to open new museum

You don’t ask, you don’t get as spec letter wins boy a starring role

Written by . Published on July 7th 2011.


Six-year-old to open new museum

IT could have been a footballer; it could have been a Beatle. It could have even been Pete Price.

But no.

Instead a cheeky letter to museum bosses has earned a six-year-old a starring part in the opening of the new Museum of Liverpool.

Finn O’Hare, from Mossley Hill, sent a letter last year saying how excited he was to see the new museum taking shape. The Carleton House pupil then put himself forward for the job of opening the museum himself.

Finn wrote: “Dear Mr and Mrs in charge of the museum. My name is Finn O’Hare and I am nearly six. I am very excited about when the new museum will open. Please can I come to the opening ceremony? It will be great. I am good at opening things – Please can I open the museum?”

That's one big ribbonThat's one big ribbonDr David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, was so impressed by the youngster’s enthusiasm that he thought "why not?" and invited him to the new Museum this week to give him more details of his star role on 19 July.

Dr Fleming said: “The Museum of Liverpool is very much a museum of the people and thousands of Merseysiders have helped us create the galleries. When we received Finn’s letter back in autumn we thought it would be a brilliant idea for him to help us open the museum, acting on behalf of all the people of the city."

He added: "We are very pleased that Finn has accepted our invitation to cut the ribbon on this major date in the history of the city.”

The largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, the new Museum of Liverpool will open to the public for the first time on Tuesday 19 July at 10am.

It is the first national museum anywhere in the world that is devoted to the history of a regional city, housing more than 6,000 objects over 8,000 sq ft.

Liverpool Confidential will be there on the opening night, and we will let you know if the kid did well.

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Prof ChucklebuttyJuly 8th 2011.

I hope they invite him back to open the rest of it when he's 21.

Liverpool WagJuly 8th 2011.

He's still taller than diddy David Fleming

MikeJuly 18th 2011.

Good lad! Glad some "Profesional scouser" isnt showing up!!

X. LibrisSeptember 25th 2011.

And very appropriate as increasingly all the museums and libraries in Liverpool are being turned in to attractions for the under-sevens. Our museums and galleries were once the universities of the working classes and until very recently Liverpool had the finest music library outside London. Mike Storey and his pals soon put paid to that!

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