65th birthday exhibition at Lennon's childhood home

A new exhibition featuring replicas of John Lennon’s childhood belongings was unveiled today at his Liverpool home.

A new exhibition featuring replicas of John Lennon’s childhood belongings was unveiled today at his Liverpool home.

The attraction, which features a copy of Lennon’s Sunday School attendance sheet and one of his milk teeth, is to mark Lennon’s 65th birthday year and the 25th anniversary of his death.

The items, which were chosen by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, will go on display at Mendips, the semi-detached house where he was raised by his Aunt Mimi, from Wednesday.

The collection also includes replica paintings which Lennon made as a boy, including pictures of footballers and native American indians. He later used the images on his 1974 album, Walls And Bridges.

Another painting is a cruel caricature of a schoolboy friend, titled Our Own Syky Slug, and another features Lennon’s teacher, Mr Bob.

A replica of Lennon’s passport, from 1960 to 1970, charts the Beatles’ history from the early years in Hamburg, Germany, to the rest of Europe, America and later trips to Japan and India.

Copies of his post-war identity card, swimming proficiency certificate and 11-plus entrance exam card to Quarry Bank Grammar School have also been made for display.

Beatles expert Shelagh Johnston, who acts as an adviser to Yoko Ono, said: “Yoko chose the items very carefully, as she wanted to do something special to mark the year of John’s 65th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of his death.

“She has tried to keep the spirit of the house alive, and to refresh the exhibits so that every few years there is something new for people to enjoy.”

Mendips is managed by the National Trust.

The charity’s properties manager, Simon Osbourne, said: “We are delighted to have this exhibition at Mendips in John’s 65th birthday year.

“The items are all from personal family archives, and can now be viewed in their original setting.

“We hope that many people will visit Mendips in this special year, and take the opportunity to see a very personal side of John as a child through this unique collection of memorabilia.”

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